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Cox to Stream Live TV to Tablets

Jeff Baumgartner
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Jeff Baumgartner
11/15/2011
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ATLANTA -- SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2011 -- Cox Communications Inc. will start streaming linear TV channels to tablets later this year, joining a cable club started by Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) and Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC)

Cox President Patrick Esser let the cat out of the bag here this morning, mentioning that the MSO will launch that product, called Cox TV Connect, by Christmas 2011. No word yet on which tablets will be supported initially, but consider the iPad to be on that list.

Considering that Cox already offers several Android smartphones models for a mobile service that runs on the Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) network, it's likely that tablets that run the Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) OS should be at or near the front of the line, too.

The subject came up as Esser and Motorola Mobility LLC Chairman and CEO Sanjay Jha were rapping on stage during the opening session about how cable is trying to ratchet up its pace of innovation.

Esser acknowledged that the introduction of the iPad has kicked cable in the pants, noting that it will have taken the MSO just nine months to get TV Connect in front of the consumer from the time the project was greenlighted.

Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), cable's biggest MSO, has threatened to launch a similar live TV app, but hasn't revealed a launch date. (See Comcast Keeps Eye on the iPad Prize.)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable



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AESerm
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12/5/2012 | 4:48:59 PM
re: Cox to Stream Live TV to Tablets


The iPad is the target device, according to Cox PR. Waiting to get the demo...

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12/5/2012 | 4:48:58 PM
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Timing of these apps is interesting. Just take Comcast, for one. Comcast and Cox led with mobility (Comcast last year, Cox Mobile Connect, back in March) but Cox is now moving ahead with iPad live linear, whereas Comcast's iPad app was for on-demand. Steve said on demand would be next for Cox, whereas we're waiting for Xfinity live. (Any word on when?)

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12/5/2012 | 4:48:58 PM
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Thanks for mentioning that, Jonathan. I just got a quick demo myself, and they're targeting 35 live TV channels at the start (only offering channels they have secured the rights to stream to iPads in the home).  NDS was their development partner for the client.  We taped a demo and did a short video interview with Cox's Steve Necessary.  We'll post it as soon as we can.


 


Gaming consoles, by the way, are on the development agenda, just further out than tablets and PCs.  JB

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12/5/2012 | 4:48:52 PM
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Is Cox going to sell this package to non-cable-subscribers?


Will the pricing reflect a substantial discount, since Cox doesn't have to maintain the premise feed?


All this nonsense about adding tablet streams has no value unless its unbundled.


Why can't the press ask these simple questions?


 

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12/5/2012 | 4:48:52 PM
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Look closer, this isn't the same thing as what Cablevision is doing.  They are streaming the full channel line-up to the iPad, not 35 measley channels for which Cox is able to secure rights to stream to the tablet.


Why is Cablevision able to stream the full channel line-up?  Is it because they are better negotiators with the content industry?  Or, are they fundamentally doing something different (or the same -- hint, hint) in how those channels are delivered?


Look more closely and you will see...

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