The Wall Street Journal has a scoopy item out this evening suggesting that Comcast and Apple are discussing the potential for a streaming television service — one in which Apple’s set-top box would receive “special treatment” to allow it to avoid congestion.
The report, citing unnamed sources, said that the discussions are in the preliminary stages and and so could easily come acropper. But if it actually gets done, this would qualify as one of those periodic big deals that could have a major impact on the way people view TV.
“Apple and Comcast aren’t close to an agreement, said one person familiar with the talks. Delivering the service quality Apple envisions would require Comcast to make significant investments in network equipment and other back-office technology, according to people familiar with Comcast’s thinking. More