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Getting a clearer picture on Netflix-Comcast deal

Netflix’s alliance with Comcast may set the stage for Comcast to include an application for Netflix’s service on its cable-TV boxes, making it even more accessible.
Netflix’s alliance with Comcast may set the stage for Comcast to include an application for Netflix’s service on its cable-TV boxes, making it even more accessible.Elise Amendola/Associated Press/File

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After years of bickering, Netflix and Comcast are working together to provide their subscribers with a more enjoyable experience as they watch movies and old television shows over high-speed Internet connections.

The partnership is part of a breakthrough announced Sunday that requires Comcast’s Internet service to create new avenues for Netflix’s video to travel on its way to TVs and other devices. In return for the improved access, Netflix will pay Comcast an undisclosed amount of money for the next few years.

It’s an about-face for Netflix Inc., which had steadfastly refused to pay high-speed Internet service providers already collecting $40 to $60 per month from its customers.

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