Q&A: Former Comcast CTO David Fellows

Former Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) Chief Technology Officer David Fellows says Comcast could someday (but probably not anytime soon) use Internet video to market pay-TV programming to any Web surfer nationwide, including the subscribers of Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) and other cable MSOs. And as some triple-play providers such as Frontier Communications Corp. (NYSE: FTR) look to exit the pay-TV business, Fellows says local service providers could cut deals with over-the-top video companies such as Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) or Hulu LLC to deliver programming to their customers.

As pay-TV firms ramp up efforts to distribute programming on the Web and mobile platforms, Fellows is betting on firms that will use the Internet to deliver entertainment to consumers outside of the traditional pay-TV system. He's a partner at Genovation Capital LLC , which recently invested in ZeeVee Inc. 's Zinc.tv, which is making a business of curating Web video metadata to allow subscribers to easily watch any program on devices ranging from an iPad to a cable set-top. (See Cable Vets Launch VC Firm.)

In an interview with Light Reading Cable, Fellows shares his thoughts on how over-the-top video could transform the pay-TV industry.

Contents: — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable

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