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Charter Picks Synacor for Broadband Content

Charter Picks Synacor for Broadband Content

Alan Breznick

March 24, 2005

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Charter Picks Synacor for Broadband Content

Synacor has signed up its biggest cable operator yet for its broadband content-bundling service. Synacor, which develops Web portals that enable ISPs to offer free and subscription services on their platforms, unveiled Charter Communications as a major client Wednesday. Synacor has helped North America's third largest MSO revamp its Web portal so that Charter cable modem subscribers can now access free news, sports and entertainment content, as well as two new subscription services. The two new premium offerings are High-Speed Plus, a movie, news and game download service, and Charter Music, a music download service. Both pay services cost $7.99 a month. Synacor, which previously signed up Adelphia Communications, Earthlink and Cincinnati Bell as broadband customers, boasts that it now makes content available to more than 12 million broadband subscribers. For its bundles, it aggregates content and other features from more than 30 service providers.

About the Author(s)

Alan Breznick

Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

Alan Breznick is a business editor and research analyst who has tracked the cable, broadband and video markets like an over-bred bloodhound for more than 20 years.

As a senior analyst at Light Reading's research arm, Heavy Reading, for six years, Alan authored numerous reports, columns, white papers and case studies, moderated dozens of webinars, and organized and hosted more than 15 -- count 'em --regional conferences on cable, broadband and IPTV technology topics. And all this while maintaining a summer job as an ostrich wrangler.

Before that, he was the founding editor of Light Reading Cable, transforming a monthly newsletter into a daily website. Prior to joining Light Reading, Alan was a broadband analyst for Kinetic Strategies and a contributing analyst for One Touch Intelligence.

He is based in the Toronto area, though is New York born and bred. Just ask, and he will take you on a power-walking tour of Manhattan, pointing out the tourist hotspots and the places that make up his personal timeline: The bench where he smoked his first pipe; the alley where he won his first fist fight. That kind of thing.

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