Something smells fishy about that Comcast–Apple TV story


News that Apple (S AAPL) is talking to Comcast (S CMCSK) about building a joint TV service offering took the internet by storm Sunday. But details and timing of the story seem just too good to be true.

The Wall Street Journal reported late Sunday that Apple was talking to Comcast to launch a live TV service, which would run on an Apple-built device, but use Comcast’s cable infrastructure, and bypass any potential internet slow-downs by essentially running as a managed service. That quickly resulted in critics crying foul for violating the spirit of net neutrality — but the real deal breaker here seems to be Comcast’s merger with Time Warner Cable.

Apple and Comcast both want to own the experience

On the surface, the story seems like yet another Apple TV rumor. Apple has been for some time trying to figure out how to capture the living room, and…

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