Apple in talks with Comcast for radical, new streaming service
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
3/25/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Computer and gadget giant Apple Inc. is currently in talks with Comcast Corporation for a radically new and exciting streaming venture. The streaming television service would let Apple's set-top boxes to bypass congestion on the Internet.
The proposal between Comcast and Apple, many agree, raises a lot of questions for net neutrality.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Discussions are in the early stages. There are still lots of bridges to cross before an agreement is reached, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Apple says they want its TV service's traffic to be separated from public internet traffic over the "last mile" for faster transmission. The company is looking for special treatment from Comcast's cables to bypass congestion.
Both Comcast and Apple are remaining mum on the specifics about the report.
Some analysts warn that such a plan would have a negative impact on "net neutrality." Such a plan would require that all Internet service providers, or ISPs treat all online content equally, charging everyone the same amount of fees for equally fast access to all Web sites.
Net-neutrality prevents ISPs from interfering with, blocking or discriminating against Web content. Once enshrined in U.S. law under the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules, this ruling prevented ISPs from prioritizing any one provider's traffic over another and ensured that consumers had equal access to all lawful content.
A federal court earlier this year struck down key parts of the rules, finding that the federal government cannot enforce net neutrality. In spite of the court's decision, Comcast had agreed to continue abiding by the rules until 2018.
Apple claims that it isn't seeking high-priority status from Comcast, but simply wants a "flow" that is separate from the rest of the Internet traffic.
There remain very real concerns that if the deal is reached, that it would set a precedent allowing third-party providers to pay for better access, leaving smaller companies paying higher fees for similar service - fees that would likely be passed on to consumers.
The proposal, many agree, raises a lot of questions for net neutrality.
"This is an example of a company that feels like it needs to get permission from an ISP in order to launch a new service," Michael Weinberg, vice president of Public Knowledge, a D.C.-based public interest group, says. "In this case, it seems that they want to launch an online video service that would compete with Comcast's TV service. So the idea is if you want to launch a service that competes with an ISP, you need to get permission from the ISP first. That's not a very good state of affairs," he said.
Smaller companies and start-ups theoretically will be less competitive and any higher costs will be passed on to consumers. "It raises pricing in a way that is similar to cable TV pricing. You end up paying more as a consumer but you're not in a position to negotiate."
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for MAY 2017
Christians in Africa. That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace.
Some people see faith and science as being at odds. They find it astonishing that the Church can embrace investigation into questions of ... continue reading
The Pew Research Center has just published a major report on the future of work, jobs, and capitalism in the face of new technology and ... continue reading
Robots are beginning to appear in public, the first generation that will share our public spaces. As they begin to appear, designers must ... continue reading
A diminutive species of hominid, known as a "hobbit" lived in Indonesia some two to 1.5 million years ago. New research suggests they ... continue reading
Scientists are hopeful the search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370 will be renewed following tests that show the plane is likely in a new, ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Daily Readings for Tuesday, May 30, 2017
- St. Joan of Arc: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, May 30, 2017
- A Big Thank You from JESUS IS - The Series HD Video
- What does the Holy Spirit reveal to us?
- Newborn baby filmed 'WALKING' shortly after birth
- To honor the lost: A brief history of Memorial Day
- 26 Coptic Christians dead after heinous attack HD Video
- Day 5 - Novena to the Holy Spirit for a New Pentecost for the Church HD
- Day 4 - Novena to the Holy Spirit for a New Pentecost for the Church HD
- Day 3 - Novena to the Holy Spirit for a New Pentecost for the Church HD
- Daily Reading for Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 HD
Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.