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AT&T, Comcast, Verizon Crack Down on Piracy

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LR Cable News Analysis
Light Reading
6/24/2011
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Here's a snapshot of what's making cable waves.

  • AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) are close to cutting a deal with Hollywood studios to crack down on subscribers who share copyrighted content through file-sharing services. The companies are reportedly considering a "graduated response," where suspected pirates that don't heed warnings could find their Web access restricted and their bandwidth speeds throttled. (See Comcast Settles P2P Class Action Spat .)

  • NBC is teasing iPad owners with an app that lets them watch clips of popular shows, but not the complete episodes. (See Cablevision, Viacom Fight Over iPad App.)

  • DSL Reports says Comcast is prepping a self-install option for CableCARDs, the separable security modules that are being used in some retail products, including some digital TV models and TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) and Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) Moxi DVRs. A source tells the pub that self-install kits will become available on Aug. 1.

  • Meanwhile, the CE guys are still pushing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to move ahead with a successor to the CableCARD called AllVid. In a filing describing recent meetings at the Commission, the AllVid Tech Company Alliance argued that recent efforts by cable to work with the CE industry and its support of HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) won't "lead to a market for devices that can receive programming and services from more than a single MVPD [multichannel video programming distributor] operator." (See Google, TiVo & Best Buy Rally for AllVid and AllVid Starting to Look App-Tastic .)

  • AT&T says its U-verse products are available to more than 1 million "living units" in San Francisco.

  • Facebook recruited CEO Reed Hastings for a seat on its board of directors as the social networking giant gears up for an IPO.

  • Goldman Sachs & Co. added Comcast to its "conviction buy" list, predicting its stock will climb 31 percent to $31 per share in the next 12 months.

  • DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) is supplying its hotel customers with anti-microbial remote controls that aim to be germ-free.

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable, and Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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    paolo.franzoi
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    paolo.franzoi,
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    12/5/2012 | 5:01:10 PM
    re: AT&T, Comcast, Verizon Crack Down on Piracy


     

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    <li>AT&amp;T Inc.&nbsp;(NYSE:&nbsp;T),&nbsp;Comcast Corp.&nbsp;(Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and&nbsp;Verizon Communications Inc.&nbsp;(NYSE:&nbsp;VZ) are close to&nbsp;cutting a deal&nbsp;with Hollywood studios to crack down on subscribers who share copyrighted content through file-sharing services. The companies are reportedly considering a "graduated response," where suspected pirates that don't heed warnings could find their Web access restricted and their bandwidth speeds throttled. (See&nbsp;Comcast Settles P2P Class Action Spat&nbsp;.)</li>
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    Their is certainly a lot of hand wringing on this one. &nbsp;I am just surprised that nobody has commented on this from a Net Neutrality viewpoint.&nbsp;


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    Jeff Baumgartner
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    Jeff Baumgartner,
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    12/5/2012 | 5:01:09 PM
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    I'm guessing the debate will get crazy once they go official with the approach and we get a better sense on how/if they intend to police and enforce something like this. They've got some ideas on how to proceed, but apparently nothing's been finalized. JB

    blarrib
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    12/5/2012 | 5:01:08 PM
    re: AT&T, Comcast, Verizon Crack Down on Piracy


    One million U-verse subs in San Francisco, wow. This is amazing considering that less than 800 thousand people live in San Francisco. It is even more amazing considering that AT&amp;T does not offer U-verse in San Francisco because the city will not permit it to deploy the monstrous VDSL remotes on the city streets.


    The release says one million subs in the San Francisco Bay Area. That makes sense, since it includes Silicon Valley.

    yarn
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    12/5/2012 | 5:01:04 PM
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    I wonder how these service providers can actually enforce anti-piracy policies. To try and inspect all P2P content exchanges seems hardly an option.

    MMQoS
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    12/5/2012 | 5:01:03 PM
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    "AT&amp;T says its U-verse products are available to more than 1 million "living units" in San Francisco. "


    While they probably mean the SF Bay area it is sitll necessary to understand what ATT is saying.&nbsp; I assume "available" is marketing speak for living units passed or within their area served by uVerse VRADs.&nbsp; In addition, I was an ATT IPTV trial user and dropped it because of poor HD video quality however I am still counted as a subscriber as I maintain Internet connectivity with the uVerse VDSL2.


    I did like the MediaRoom IF though.


    mmqos

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