Apple in talks about streaming TV - report

2014-03-24 07:26
Smart TV. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Smart TV. (Duncan Alfreds, News24) (Duncan Alfreds)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

New York - Apple is in talks with US cable and internet giant Comcast about a streaming-television service that would use an Apple set top box, a report said on Sunday.

Talks are in their early stages but any deal would allow Apple to get special treatment on Comcast's cables to ensure it bypasses congestion on the web, The Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter.

"But the deal, if sealed, would mark a new level of co-operation and integration between a technology company and a cable provider to modernise TV viewing," the WSJ said.

"Apple's intention is to allow users to stream live and on-demand TV programming and digital-video recordings stored in the 'cloud,' effectively taking the place of a traditional cable set top box."

Apple hopes the tie-up will mean viewers will not have to contend with frustrating buffering that can take place while streaming web video.

The report stressed that a deal was some way off, and would require Comcast "to make significant investments in network equipment and other back-office technology".

In February, Netflix and Comcast said they had reached an agreement so that the US video-streaming service's programming could be viewed more smoothly.

Netflix and its heavy traffic flow had been reaching Comcast's network via bandwidth intermediaries, sometimes resulting in non-fluid streaming, or buffering.

Also in February, Comcast unveiled plans to swallow rival Time Warner Cable in a $45.2bn mega-deal that triggered debate on the creation of a cable-internet behemoth.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    apple  |  internet
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Boks take ‘no mercy’ approach
Burger to equal Bok RWC record
Japan victory attracts record TV figures
iPads the secret to Japanese RWC success
Traffic Alerts

Are you burning the candle at both ends? Listen to your body and your emotional reactions. Know when to slow down or stop. It is more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.