Apple, Comcast buddying up on streaming TV service?

acThe 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