Here's a look at what's pushing cable's buttons this morning.
Aereo Inc. 's famous backer Barry Diller spouted some fightin' talk as the startup prepares for broadcaster-led lawsuits against a new service that uses special, thumb-sized antennas to take in over-the-air TV signals and ship them to customers via broadband. "It's going to be a great fight," Diller said Sunday at the SXSW confab in Austin. He says Aereo will talk about paying fees to broadcasters when they can "get Radio Shack to pay you some slice of their profit when they sell an aerial." Aereo's US$12 per month service, which also includes a network DVR component, is set to debut Thursday in New York City. (See Diller's Aereo Under Legal Attack and Aereo Makes Cord-Cutting Bid in NYC.)
Charter Communications Inc. has launched a national "All In" customer guarantee program that includes a 30-day money-back guarantee for new customers, and a $20 credit if the MSO is late for a scheduled appointment window, doesn't complete the service call on the first visit, or if a customer's service is out for more than 24 hours.
ZiXi LLC , a startup that's developed a low-latency video-over-the-Internet platform, has tapped Dennis Albano as CEO. Albano is the former CEO of digital media software firm Signiant Inc.
Yeah, that's not really a spot-on comparison that Diller's trying to make... plus, I'm struggling to see how this is not some form of retrans.
I also see that Diller's predicting that Aereo will be in as many as 100 cities this year. Ambitious, for sure, and that will only happen if they can sidestep an injunction that could put the company itself in some jeopardy if the broadcasters are successful in obtaining one. JB
Cablevision confirmed this afternoon that Yvette Kanouff has indeed joined the MSO as EVP, engineering, software design. Not many specifics mentioned on what that will entail, but I suspect alot of work around UI. JB
craigleddy, User Rank: Blogger 12/5/2012 | 5:39:39 PM
re: Diller Braces for Battle With Broadcasters
Yvette cut her teeth on Time Warner Cable's Full Service Network, the soup-to-nuts interactive TV trial in Orlando, FL that ran from 1994 to 1997 and was a pioneer of VoD. From TWC through Seachange, she's seen it all in terms of next-gen on-demand technology. While she'll be an asset to CVC efforts like serving connected devices, I think she could really help in making CVC's RS-DVR effort flourish.
On a personal note, she was the first person to really explain to me what the heck video servers and QAM modulation were!
Translating QAM -- that says it all right there. The FSN still represents something special to me... first time I took any real notice of cable technology when I was a maybe three years out of school and had a chance to see a demo at an event in Orlando. It was an expensive experiment, but it paved the way for digital cable and cable VoD... and even iTV apps. But agree that Cablevisoin would seem to be a good spot for her. JB
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