Subscribers of regional cable provider Suddenlink will soon be able to access the Netflix online video streaming service through their TiVo-powered set top boxes as a result of an agreement reached by the companies on Tuesday. The pact with Suddenlink—the nation’s seventh-largest cable system operator with 1.2 million customers—is the most significant to date for Netflix, which confirmed last month that its service would be offered on TiVo devices distributed by RCN, Atlantic Broadband, and Grande Communications. Although Suddenlink did not disclose how many of its subscribers access their cable service through leased TiVO DVRs, a spokesman said that the company expects to launch the Netflix icon on these devices sometime this summer. While deployment of the Netflix icon will enable Suddenlink TiVO users to access Netflix without having to change inputs to access the online streaming service through gaming consoles, Blu-Ray players and other devices, a Netflix account will be required for subscribers to access the service. Suddenlink subscribers who do not have a Netflix account may complete a three-step process through their TiVO set-top boxes to obtain a temporary trial subscription after which they  must sign  up for  a Netflix  account to  continue  the  service. Netflix will also bill  its subscribers directly. Boasting that “we will be delivering Netflix to our customers with the superior quality of high-speed Internet connections that tend to be the fastest and highest-ranked in the communities we serve,” Suddenlink CEO Jerry Kent applauded the agreement as “a great example of how the cable industry can work with Internet content providers on innovative solutions that benefit customers.” As Bill Holmes, the head of business development for Netflix, described Suddenlink as “an innovator, offering more choice and a great experience to its customers,” TiVO President Tom Rogers proclaimed that his company “gives cable operators the ability to have the best offering available for consumers, making over-the-top services like Netflix ‘friend not foe’ for our partners.”