Other World Computing
Feature Graphic
Shinola Premium Leather iPhone 5/5s case
Feature Graphic
My iPhone Home Page Apps
Feature Graphic
Apple Leather iPhone 5/5S Case (Product RED)
Feature Graphic
Building a Hackintosh Server
Feature Graphic
HiRise dock for iPhone 5, iPad mini from Twelve South
IGM Logo

| Home | Contact | Advertising | Search | Submit


Report: Apple and Comcast in talks over video service



By

The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend that Apple and Comcast are in talks. Reportedly Apple is seeking a partnership in a new video service. Essentially it seems a new version of an Apple TV would replace a Comcast cable box. Such a plan would seem to ambitious as it would challenge a lot of conventions in the cable business. The advantages for Apple would seem obvious as it would boost hardware sales, content sales, and perhaps share of subscription fees. For Comcast, it should help retain customers who may be most likely to cut back on video services in exchange for online content.

The deal also would reportedly require network infrastructure changes to allow Apple content direct access to said boxes. In addition there may be regulatory hurdles.
Under the plan Apple proposed to Comcast, Apple's video streams would be treated as a "managed service" traveling in Internet protocol format—similar to cable video-on-demand or phone service. Those services travel on a special portion of the cable pipe that is separate from the more congested portion reserved for public Internet access.

People familiar with the matter said that while Apple would like a separate "flow" for its video traffic, it isn't asking for its traffic to be prioritized over other Internet-based services.

Those distinctions are important because of merger conditions Comcast agreed to as part of its 2011 acquisition of NBCUniversal. Those "net-neutrality" restrictions, which will be in place through 2018, say Comcast cannot "unreasonably discriminate" in how it transmits network traffic.

Any potential service appears to be a ways out. Even if there’s an agreement on the details the technical issues will take a while to resolve. WSJ reports Comcast would need to upgrade its infrastructure to accommodate such a service.


Spacer

Connect with Insanely Great Mac


spacer

Recent Articles

- Live @ 9 PM ET - iPhone pre-orders, iOS 8, Tim Cook Interview + More
- 1Password 5 now available for iOS w/ extensions, touch ID support
- iCloud data gets 2-step verification, new app-specifc passwords
- Apple posts Android switcher guide
- Charlie Rose Tim Cook Interview
- 4 million iPhone orders in first day, up from 2 million for iPhone 5
- Podcast: iPhone 6, Watch, Apple Pay, etc, etc
- New iCloud storage plans rolling out
- Macworld Magazine ends, continues online
- Apple Watch
- The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
- Apple Pay
- Podcast: iCloud security tips, TheFappening, Apple Event, plus more
- Wired on how iCloud accounts may have been hacked
- My iCloud security tips
- Podcast: Brown M&M, Apple event, wearable, tattoos, Dropbox vs iCloud + More
- That FLIR iPhone heat camera can steal PIN numbers
- Apple special event set for September 9
- Dropbox changes to a single 1 TB Pro plan
- August Smart Lock begins shipping
- iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program
- Otterbox announces Alpha Glass screen protector
- OS X Yosemite allows screen sharing over iMessage
- Final Cut Pro suite gets minor updates
- Visual history of Apple designs


Browse and search for more articles

IGM Specials

Mercury Extreme SSD
60GB - $64.50
120GB - $79
240GB - $148

480GB - $300

960GB - $695

iMac RAM (2013)
8GB Kit - $99
16GB Kit - $198

32GB Kit - $390

External Storage
500 GB - $129
1 TB RAID - $225
Mobile RAID = $198

Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet - $22.50


Other World Computing

Other World Computing





Home

About

Advertising

Search

Copyright 1995-2014 Insanely Great Mac. All rights reserved.
Privacy Statment | Terms of Service | Editorial Policy