According to the Journal, the negotiations are in the early stages, with no deal expected soon. The report said that one sticking point in the negotiations is that Netflix wants cable companies to adopt special technology designed to improve the quality of its streaming video.

In September 2013, two European cable companies, Sweden's Com Hem and Virgin Media in Britain, struck deals to allow their customers to access Netflix through Tivo set-top boxes.

Netflix Chief Financial Officer David Wells, speaking at a Goldman Sachs investor conference in September 2013, said that the company was willing to strike similar deals with US cable companies.

"We would love to reduce the friction to the end consumer, and to be available via the existing device in the home which is the set-top box," Wells said. "But it's up to the (pay TV provider) to decide how much a competitor they view us as, or a complement."

Netflix, Comcast and Suddenlink could not be immediately reached for comment.


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