Newswire: Comcast is basically making YouTube into a TV channel

Showing an impressive level of foresight, Comcast has boldly predicted that this YouTube thing that has been entertaining internet users for the last 12 years might end up being a pretty big deal. To capitalize on this phenomenon, Comcast has announced that it’s going to launch a dedicated YouTube app on its Xfinity X1 boxes later this year, putting the site’s content directly alongside the real TV shows and movies you can normally watch on cable. The specifics of the deal—as in how much money is changing hands or how many ritualistic sacrifices the two companies are engaging in—have not been announced, but this will certainly make YouTube bigger and Comcast richer one way or another.

This news comes from Variety, which says the X1 box’s voice command abilities will also be usable within the YouTube app, meaning you can tell the thing to play …

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