24 March 2014Wall Street Journal:
Under the plan Apple proposed to Comcast, Apple’s video streams would be treated as a “managed service” traveling in Internet protocol format—similar to cable video-on-demand or phone service. Those services travel on a special portion of the cable pipe that is separate from the more congested portion reserved for public Internet access.
This is the kind of arrangement Apple would just love to make happen. A dedicated portion of the cable pipe just for them. The connection should be much more reliable than normal internet services. It would also mean that Apple TV content would not count towards users’ download caps.