The holidays are upon us, but there's no lull in news affecting the cable industry as DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) strikes deeper into the world of targeted advertising, while Sezmi Corp. and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s new TV efforts stub their toes. Here's today's roundup:
Video services startup Sezmi has shown that it can raise funds from investors for a video service that competes with cable, but it's finding it’s a lot harder to get cable "cord cutters" to pay $20 per month for a hybrid broadband-broadcast TV service.
Sezmi will scrap its "Select Plus" tier in Los Angeles on Dec. 28, and focus instead on its lower-end $4.95 "Select Tier," which provides feeds from a few local broadcast channels.
It was another late Sunday night for Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)’s customer service and operations teams. The MSO’s Washington, D.C., system grappled with a “service interruption” last night, according to the "ComcastCares" Twitter account. That follows outages that the MSO suffered last month in D.C., Baltimore, and Boston on the eve of "Cyber Monday," and a major outage on Dec. 5 that affected systems in Chicago, Indiana, Michigan, and Minnesota. (See Down & Out and Comcast Hit by Regional Net Outage .)
While many US cable MSOs are still formulating their TV Everywhere strategies, Belgian cable operator Telenet has launched a TVE site called Yello, reports Broadband TV News. Subscribers can use the platform to access content from their pay TV subscriptions on a computer, an iPad, or an iPhone.