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Cable Operators Looking to Create Online Video Platforms

Comcast, Time Warner, and others want own Hulu-like platforms with content from HBO, MTV, CNN, TNT, etc.


Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable Inc., Cox Communications Inc. and other cable providers recognize their need for a Hulu-like content aggregation environment.
Tom LeBlanc · February 25, 2009

The trend toward watching video online has cable companies wanting to create their own platforms for watching cable TV shows on the Internet, according to The Associated Press.

The custom electronics industry can relate. It’s also grappling with how to provide online content that consumers desire with a control format and video quality clients demand.

Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Cablevisions Systems and other cable operators are hoping to leverage online programming by HBO, MTV, Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, AMC, IFC, Sundance, CNN, TBS, TNT, Food Network and HGTV.

The service is likely to be free for cable subscribers, according to Jeff Gaspin, president of NBC’s Universal Television Group. However, Gaspin and others are also considering a small fee for the service, according to the AP.

One possible service model has Comcast simply expanding its lineup of shows on its own Hulu-like site Fancast.com, as described by AP. Comcast subscribers would need to be authenticated before watching shows.

Other cable companies are leaning toward driving customers to the networks’ sites to access an expanded selection of content.

All these plans are very preliminary, the AP adds.



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Tom has been covering consumer electronics for six years. Before that, he wrote for the sports department of the Boston Herald. Migrating to magazines, he was a staff editor for a golf publication and an outdoor sports publication. Now, as senior writer/technology editor of CE Pro magazine since 2003, he dabbles in all departments and offers expertise in marketing. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Tom at tom.leblanc@emeraldexpo.com

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