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Apple is talking with Comcast about streaming TV partnership

By Shawn Knight ยท 8 replies
Mar 24, 2014
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  1. Apple is reportedly in talks with Comcast regarding a streaming deal that would allow the Cupertino-based company to stream video to their popular set-top box using a method that would bypass congestion on the Internet.

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  2. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,203   +215

    right! if they made use of another (fiber) network that is separate from non-apple consumers.
    apple, you dirty inglorious basterd!
  3. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +112

    Why is it when I see these two companies together, this image pops into my mind?

  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,803   +1,152

    The WSJ had a couple other facts worth noting about this story... They specifically said that Apple wasn't asking for it's traffic to be prioritized over regular internet traffic. They can't ask for this because Comcast agreed to follow strict 'net-neutrality' laws until 2018 as part of their 2011 acquisition of NBCUniversal.

    They also pointed out that this is different then the Netflix/Comcast deal because that deal involved the middle men of the connection between netflix and the user, while the Apple deal is only being discussed for the 'last mile' to the household.

    Basically Apple wants their video streams to be treated as a 'managed service' which would allow them to use a separate uncontested connection to peoples homes.

    Sounds like Apple has a lot of special requirements before they're ready to pull the trigger on a TV service and box top set. They want to make sure the experience will be 'Apple-like' and not choppy or hard to use. It also sounds like they're still a long way off from making it happen. They still need to work out deals with the media companies for content.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,193   +2,403

    Profitable?... That's not like Apple, they're not interested merely in profitable, they're interested in 'obscenely profitable'. They'll BS Comcast into working with them then once they're of no further use they'll toss them aside.
  6. Ricky Morawski

    Ricky Morawski TS Member

    Knowing how Comcast and Apple can sometimes be, you'd think they would be a perfect match, but I can't see it actually happening. A hardware issue on Apple's side could easily be blamed on Comcast (much in the same way I don't call Motorola if my FiOS STB stops working) This seems to benefit Apple more than it would Comcast
  7. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,498   +971

    Ugh why Comcast
  8. Fbarnett

    Fbarnett TS Booster Posts: 209   +30

    And what would be wrong with that?
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,193   +2,403

    Nothing if you've got Apples scruples.

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