The Wall Street Journal reports Apple is in talks with Comcast for a streaming TV service that’ll be available in future versions of the Apple TV.
Apple plans to offer live and on-demand streams of TV channels over the internet in the future, and this partnership would give the company access to Comcast’s network of channels. Apple would deliver the streams over special cables on Comcast’s network, such that it bypasses “congestion on the Web.” Apple wants to ensure that the quality of the streaming video is as good as traditional TV networks, so customers don’t have to wait for the video to buffer. Comcast and Apple’s discussions are in early stages and aren’t close to an agreement. Comcast would be required to significantly invest and improve its network, so that the service quality is up to Apple’s standards.