Today's TV Everywhere products are largely relegated to a swath of on-demand movies and TV shows that all digital subscribers can get access via IP-connected PCs, tablets and smartphones. Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)-owned thePlatform is introducing new metadata management pieces to its mpx system that will let MSOs, for example, build new subscription-based TV Everywhere services that can be offered to premium customers for free or sold outright for an additional fee. Comcast's new Streampix service, which some view as a Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) competitor in the making, is the sort of thing that thePlatform's latest upgrades could unleash for other MSOs. (See Comcast Goes OTT to Target Netflix, Hulu Plus .)
Marty Roberts, thePlatform's SVP of sales and marketing worldwide, says the new tools and its upgraded metadata and subscriber policy system could, for example, enable MSOs to build fully-fledged subscription-based packages or short-term video promotions around kids fare, sports programming or videos tailored for history buffs that can be piped to broadband-connected devices.
He says two cable operators are testing thePlatform's new capabilities and expects them to turn into commercial launches in a matter of months. Outside of Comcast, thePlatform also counts Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC), Cox Communications Inc. , Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY), Rogers Communications Inc. (Toronto: RCI) and Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) among its MSO customers.
Why this matters
A more advanced use of metadata and subscription policies should help pave the way for TV Everywhere to move beyond a basic package of content that all authenticated customers of a given MSO can access.
In addition to helping MSOs build more granular TV Everywhere packages based on specific genres and themes, this new set of tools will also let cable operators create new subscription packages that generate new, recurring revenue streams.
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— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable