“Despite reportedly refusing to engage in discussions to join Apple’s rumored web television initiative, cable provider Comcast may have no choice but to eventually capitulate thanks to regulatory concessions the company agreed to in 2011 as part of its takeover of NBCUniversal,” AppleInsider reports.
“Under the final judgement, Comcast must treat online video services as essentially equal to cable companies,” AppleInsider reports. “Comcast is required to give those services access to the same NBCUniversal content that it sells to cable providers, under the same terms and conditions.”
“Additionally, if an online video service strikes a deal with one of NBC’s peers — such as CBS — Comcast is obligated to license “comparable” content at ‘economically comparable’ rates,” AppleInsider reports. “If Comcast is unable to come to terms with Apple, the iPhone maker can petition the Department of Justice for permission to enter commercial arbitration.”
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