Suddenlink Takes Video Over the Top

Suddenlink Communications is advancing its TV Everywhere strategy with the launch of a video portal that streams out "tens of thousands" of full-length TV episodes, clips from Hulu LLC , and north of 1,300 movie titles. (See TV Everywhere: The Path to All-IP Cable .)

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.

For more Read more about Suddenlink's over-the-top ambitions. — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 5:02:47 PM
re: Suddenlink Takes Video Over the Top

Nice addition but seems like the next , perhaps much harder step is to pipe the live TV lineup to home-bound PCs, Ipads and other connected devices like Cablevision and TW Cable are doing now and Comcast is getting ready to do.  But guessing like TVE early on they'll blaze the trail and the smaller msos will hop on later. JB

yarn 12/5/2012 | 5:02:33 PM
re: Suddenlink Takes Video Over the Top

Is the service only available to SL broadband subs or also outside their own network footprint, to broadband subscribers from other network operators?

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