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Apple Reportedly In Talks With Comcast For Separate Apple Streaming Path 150

An anonymous reader writes "Apple is reportedly in talks with Comcast to obtain a network pathway dedicated to live and on-demand programming for subscribers of unspecified Apple services. In other words, Apple traffic would be separated from the rest of the public's internet traffic. This deal is different from the one Netflix made with Comcast in that Apple is reportedly asking for separate traffic in the path from Comcast facilities to consumer homes; the Netflix deal only gains Netflix direct access to the Comcast network. While net neutrality rules no longer restrict ISPs from monetizing their traffic prioritization, Comcast is still bound in that respect until 2018 as part of the conditions for its acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2011."
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Apple Reportedly In Talks With Comcast For Separate Apple Streaming Path

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  • Trojan Horse (Score:5, Interesting)

    by advantis ( 622471 ) on Monday March 24, 2014 @09:34AM (#46563043)

    I'm not sure if I'm reading it right, but it feels like:

    1. Get dedicated wires laid down by Comcast for you;
    2. Start with Apple-only services on your new national network that Comcast gladly laid down for you;
    3. A bit later, start offering general Internet services through your brand new national network that Comcast can't take away from you no matter how much they scream in horror;
    4. Be ahead of Google Fiber in term of reach, since Comcast were so helpful in helping you compete with them;
    5. Profit!

    Did I miss anything?

  • Re:S C U M B A G S (Score:4, Interesting)

    by DigiShaman ( 671371 ) on Monday March 24, 2014 @09:45AM (#46563149) Homepage

    You know, I honestly don't care anymore. If there's a war brewing over how to deliver media content over the web and into our homes, fuck it. At this point, perhaps the only winning move is to not play. I have better things to do with my time anyways.

    Just my 2 cents.

  • by BitZtream ( 692029 ) on Monday March 24, 2014 @12:10PM (#46564479)

    Ironic that you talk about bundling as being bad ... your Internet pipe is a 'all or nothing bundle' by definition. You don't want that changed because theres a VERY good chance you'll (as a techie) be in a group that pays a fuckton more than others since you aren't going to be the standard generic type of user who helps share the cost of the services they use.

    You will almost certainly be an outlier.


    When you pay you internet provider, do you not feel that your agreement with them is for a pipe to the Internet and that ALL traffic over it is created equal? Why do you seem to think you should not only pay for the bandwidth ... but then pay extra because you use someone specific?

    Why are you arguing the get charged twice for the same service?

Friction is a drag.