Light Reading
Teams with Popcorn Home Entertainment on service that enables digital subs to rent VOD films, and buy the DVD, in a single purchase

Cablevision VOD Gets Physical

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
2/4/2008
50%
50%

Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) is in the DVD distribution business, in a roundabout way. (See Cablevision Bows DVD Service.)

Putting a new twist on the so-called "day-and-date" concept, the New York-based MSO has teamed with Popcorn Home Entertainment on a service that allows cable customers to watch films via video-on-demand (VOD) the same day they are released in stores on DVD, so long as they also agree to pay for the physical DVD, as well.

Under the arrangement, Popcorn Home Entertainment will send the physical DVD directly to customers after they order the move from Cablevision's VOD service. The DVD will be delivered "within days" of the original order on VOD, according to Popcorn.

At the start, some titles that apply for the DVD-VOD combo include Universal Studio Home Entertainment flicks such as The Born Ultimatum, The Kingdom, Eastern Promises, and American Gangster, which becomes available February 19.

According to the site, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, starring Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush, is slated to become available tomorrow (February 5).

Customers who want immediate VOD access and the physical DVD copy will pay a premium. New releases marketed by Cablevision and Popcorn will sell for $19.95 each, plus shipping and handling. Older, "library" titles will go for $9.95 and $15.95. By comparison, Cablevision rents new VOD titles (including some in hi-def format, and without the DVD element) for $4.95 each.

The cable partnership, the first for Popcorn, marks the latest effort by the cable industry to tighten VOD windows. Popcorn said it will offer titles to consumers 30 to 45 days prior to the traditional VOD distribution window.

Following a soft launch that started several weeks ago, the DVD-VOD service is available to Cablevision's base of 2.6 million iO: Interactive Optimum digital video subscribers, according to an MSO spokesman. He would not say how the service performed in the ramp-up to Monday's official launch.

To gain access to the Popcorn/DVD offer, Cablevision customers must first complete a secure profile on the Web, and provide their credit card, shipping and billing information. Customers will then gain access to titles available through the Popcorn deal via the Cablevision on-demand menu or directly on channel 500.

The new DVD-VOD service marks "a major step forward in giving our customers new ways to quickly and easily purchase goods and services from a wide variety of companies, using our fiber optic network and the advanced set-top box that is already in the home," said Cablevision EVP of digital marketing & commerce Patricia Gottesman, in a statement.

More cable deals could be in the works for Popcorn Home Entertainment, which is helmed by Steve Brenner, the former president and CEO of In Demand LLC , the pay-per-view/VOD joint venture of Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), and Cox Communications Inc. . Before that, Brenner was president of USA Networks. Company officials were not immediately available Monday for further comment about its cable strategy, or how it divides revenues with cable operator and studio partners.

Cable has shown a keen interest in tightening distribution windows in order to push VOD usage and revenues.

Comcast, for example, has been testing a day-and-date VOD service in Denver and Pittsburgh. The MSO launched a similar offering in Atlanta last October, according to a company spokesman.

Comcast has not released specific usage figures from its day-and-date tests, but the MSO has maintained that they have not cannibalized DVD sales. At The Cable Show last year, Comcast COO Steve Burke suggested that consumers would be willing to spend as much as $50 to watch movies at home in the theater release window. (See Cable's Day & Date Champion and Box Office Tizzy .)

In 2006, Comcast and Cablevision began offering films from IFC Entertainment via VOD the same day they are released in independent movie theaters.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News



(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Documentaries
Paul Bunyan's Giant Gigabit Plans

12|22|14   |   03:26   |   (0) comments


Gary Johnson, the CEO and GM of Minnesota rural operator Paul Bunyan Communications, discusses the company's 5,000-square-mile gigabit network rollout.
LRTV Interviews
CenturyLink: Building the Case for NFV

12|19|14   |   02:14   |   (0) comments


At the 2020 Vision Executive Summit, James Feger, VP, Network Strategy & Development at CenturyLink, talks about how the US operator is approaching virtual network functions from an operational and business case perspective.
LRTV Interviews
Liberty Global Sees Business Goldmine

12|18|14   |     |   (0) comments


Steen Sorensen, VP of business services for Liberty Global, explains where the giant international MSO sees growth potential.
LRTV Documentaries
EE: The Road to 5G

12|16|14   |   16:02   |   (1) comment


Andy Sutton, the principal network architect at UK mobile operator EE, explains how his company is using Wembley stadium as a wireless test bed and how that's helping EE to plan the evolution to 5G.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Highlights of Huawei's NFV Open Cloud Forum 2014

12|16|14   |     |   (0) comments


Huawei hosted its inaugural NFV Open Cloud Forum during the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Forum brought together technology thought leaders, senior executives and telecom professionals from global carriers, industry associations, as well as other partner companies in the ecosystem, to exchange views on and collectively explore how ...
LRTV Custom TV
Realizing Operators' Digital Vision

12|16|14   |   5:23   |   (0) comments


Leveraging technology is fundamental to digital transformation but understanding customers and serving them really well is at the heart of digital businesses. TM Forum lists the following as the strategic pillars of the digital business: business agility and rapid innovation, operational agility and effectiveness, IT and data centricity, plus customer centricity. ...
LRTV Documentaries
US Cellular Injects Analytics Into LTE

12|16|14   |   2:57   |   (1) comment


US Cellular's Mario Vela explains how the operator uses analytics for network planning and what comes next as the carrier looks to eke more value out of its metrics.
LRTV Interviews
How Cox Biz Plans to Keep Growing

12|15|14   |     |   (2) comments


Steve Rowley, SVP of Cox Business, details how the third-biggest US MSO intends to boost its revenues to $2 billion and beyond over the rest of the decade
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Interview With Bill Zhang, Director of SoftCOM Product Management, Huawei

12|15|14   |   2:50   |   (0) comments


Bill Zhang elaborated on Huawei's open philosophy in NFV solution development and network architecture design at the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Event Highlights: Huawei at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014

12|15|14   |   3:43   |   (0) comments


Huawei joined the 2014 SDN & OpenFlow Congress as one of the key sponsors and contributors. At the event, Huawei reinforced the openness and flexibility of its network infrastructure strategies, and provided updates on its SDN and NVF innovations. Through participations at the exhibitions, forums and speeches, Huawei encouraged the industry to "think bigger and ...
LRTV Interviews
How Cable Biz Services Hit $10B Mark

12|12|14   |     |   (1) comment


Cable operators reached $10 billion in annual business services revenues by delving deeper into their vertical markets and expanding beyond the smallest firms.
LRTV Documentaries
Mediacom Aims to Test Connected Tractors

12|11|14   |   05:07   |   (3) comments


Cable business service provider is taking its services to the 'agribusiness' sector in partnership with farm equipment specialist John Deere and is getting involved in Gigabit Cities developments.
Upcoming Live Events
February 10, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
March 17, 2015, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Hot Topics
T-Mobile, BlackBerry Flirt With Reuniting
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 12/17/2014
1-Gig: Coming to a Small Town Near You
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 12/17/2014
Comcast Launches 4K Streaming Service
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 12/18/2014
US Carriers, You're Going to Cuba!
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 12/18/2014
Google Steering Android Towards Cars – Report
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 12/19/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive