Comcast-TWC acquisition may hinder Apple TV plans

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is still planning to introduce a new Apple TV set-top box in April and it wants content from Time Warner Cable  (NYSE: TWC) and other potential partners to be part of that launch, according to a Bloomberg report citing unidentified sources. But with today's news about Comcast's (Nasdaq: CMCSA) impending $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, it's unclear how the acquisition will impact Apple's talks with Time Warner. The rumored Time Warner Cable deal would let Apple TV customers see live TV channels and Apple's authentication system would require customers to prove they currently have existing cable or satellite service to get access to the content. However, according to Bloomberg, Apple has run into problems with Comcast and others over the authentication system because the MSO prefers to keep its customer data separate from Apple. Apple wants to unveil the device in April and launch it commercially by the Christmas holidays. Article

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