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Apple and Comcast discussing TV service to bypass net congestion: WSJ

24
Mar
2014

The Wall Street Journal reports Apple is in talks with Comcast that could lead to the cable provider offering priority services for streamed entertainment for an Apple set-top box. Sources say the cable provider — the US largest — would offer Apples traffic special treatment over the last mile of cabling between an exchange and customers homes. This potential deal would mean Apples streaming service would be able to avoid congestion caused by typical internet traffic, but The Wall Street Journals sources say the companies arent yet close to an agreement. Comcast would have to invest heavily in technology to support Apples desires, and both companies reportedly disagree on who would retain customer information, and whether Apple is given a share of Comcasts monthly customer subscription fees.

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