DirecTV Plans Broadband VOD Service

Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

February 23, 2006

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DirecTV Plans Broadband VOD Service

DirecTV has an intriguing idea. Seeking to nullify cable's technological edge in video-on-demand (VOD), the satellite TV leader plans to launch a "broadband VOD" service with a new breed of digital video recorders (DVRs) next fall. The planned service, unveiled by DirecTV officials Wed., would allow subscribers to order and download movies to their DVRs through their own high-speed data links, no matter whether they have cable modems, DSL lines or other broadband connections. Customers would have to get the upcoming HD versions of the DirecTV Plus DVR receivers, which are designed to act as home media centers by integrating and organizing video pictures and data signals.

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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