Apple recently announced that users of Apple TV will be able to directly access content from Time Warner's HBO GO and Disney's WatchESPN. While the enhancement may be welcome by users of Apple TV, the biggest near-term winner may be Comcast and other cable companies -- in order to get access to this content, you must already have a subscription to the various channels through your "regular" TV provider. Long-term, the picture could be different.

In the video below, Fool.com contributor Doug Ehrman discusses both the near-term and long-term ramifications of the news and whether or not it should matter to investors.

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The article Do Recent Apple Alliances Matter? originally appeared on Fool.com.

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