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posted by LaminatorX on Monday March 24 2014, @02:14PM   Printer-friendly
from the economies-of-fail dept.

chromas writes:

According to The Wall Street Journal,

Apple Inc. is in talks with Comcast Corp. about teaming up for a streaming-television service that would use an Apple set-top box and get special treatment on Comcast's cables to ensure it bypasses congestion on the Web, people familiar with the matter say.

The discussions between the world's most valuable company and the nation's largest cable provider are still in early stages and many hurdles remain. But the deal, if sealed, would mark a new level of cooperation and integration between a technology company and a cable provider to modernize TV viewing.

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by WizardFusion on Monday March 24 2014, @02:16PM

    by WizardFusion (498) Subscriber Badge on Monday March 24 2014, @02:16PM (#20234) Journal

    This will also help kill net neutrality. It will be the companies with the most money pay for the best line service.

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by internetguy on Monday March 24 2014, @02:40PM

      by internetguy (235) on Monday March 24 2014, @02:40PM (#20250)

      It will probably come down to CONTENT vs SPEED. Apple will have a speed advantage if this agreement is passed. The content on YouTube however will not have the speed advantage for these customers. One thing I noticed recently is that YouTube is now making available 2160p, 1440p, and 1080p on some videos. A customer would need a FIBER connection to enjoy the higher quality videos. What would happen if Google made all videos 2160p, 1440p,1080p (a mobile connection would have lower def video)? Customers would start switching from Comcast over to Google Fiber because Google Fiber will have more content and better quality. Google Fiber will win.

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    • (Score: 2) by Nerdfest on Monday March 24 2014, @09:14PM

      by Nerdfest (80) on Monday March 24 2014, @09:14PM (#20559)

      Did you really expect to see Apple respect any sort of openness? Closed, curated networks and content is what they want. The only reason they're doing well is that most people can't see how badly it ends.

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by VLM on Monday March 24 2014, @03:13PM

    by VLM (445) on Monday March 24 2014, @03:13PM (#20276)

    "ensure it bypasses congestion on the Web"

    Well, there's a tech writer who knows little about tech. On several levels of the discussion.

    • (Score: 1) by Udo Schmitz on Monday March 24 2014, @04:25PM

      by Udo Schmitz (625) on Monday March 24 2014, @04:25PM (#20305)

      Maybe Comcast will provide larger diameter pipes for Apple?

      • (Score: 1) by Tork on Monday March 24 2014, @06:20PM

        by Tork (3914) on Monday March 24 2014, @06:20PM (#20412)
        At the risk of sounding as dumb as the tech writer: Why not? Isn't the idea that Apple could feed directly into Comcast instead of having it take several hops before it gets to their building a reasonable way to ensure a quality stream?
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