The new Suddenlink2Go Web video portal follows Suddenlink's recent launch of the HBO Go and Max Go services and adds in fare from several Turner Broadcasting networks, including TBS, TNT, truTV and Cartoon Network, as well as from ABC, NBCUniversal LLC , Fox and Tennis Channel, among others.
Suddenlink, in tandem with tech partner Synacor Inc. , is offering the authenticated Web TV service to customers as part of their traditional cable-TV package. Suddenlink2Go is initially targeted to broadband-connected PCs, but the MSO said it's working on extending access to a range of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets such as the iPad. In the meantime, Suddenlink subs can already get HBO Go content on iPads, iPhones and some Android phones.
Suddenlink is recommending minimum download speeds of 3 Mbit/s. The MSO's fastest Docsis 3.0 tier tops out at 107Mbit/s downstream. (See Suddenlink Unleashes 107-Meg Wideband Tier.)
Why this matters
Although TV Everywhere has initially been taking off with the nation's largest MSOs, Suddenlink, which has about 1.4 million customers, is rapidly embracing over-the-top video and is one of just a select few mid-sized MSOs to launch its own authenticated video portal.
But it's no stranger to OTT. The MSO began to rollout broadband-connected TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) Premiere DVRs late last year. Those boxes are able to download content from Blockbuster Inc. , Pandora Media Inc. , and Amazon Web Services Inc. , but are prohibited from accessing Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX)'s Watch Instantly service due to contract limitations that prevent Netflix from streaming video to MSO-leased devices.
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