Good morning, cable gang. An update on Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY)'s big box project in Europe leads off today's cable industry compendium.
The launch of Liberty Global's "Horizon" multimedia gateway is apparently further out on the horizon than originally anticipated. Broadband TV News reports that the box has been "delayed for several months," though no reason was cited. With the delay, speculation is that the Samsung Corp. -made box might not show up in the Netherlands, already ID'd as the first UPC Broadband market to get the broadband-powered box, until the second half of 2011. (See Liberty Global Reveals IP Gateway Partners.)
But TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) CEO Tom Rogers warns that the threat from Internet video should have the cable industry "look[ing] over its should in a big way," telling the Cable Congress audience in Lucerne, Switzerland, that it "wouldn't take a whole lot for the consumer to go elsewhere."
You know IPG software has gone mainstream when a pay-TV provider hires top ad agency McCann Erickson to produce a commercial touting an app for navigating TV channels, as Verizon did in this spot for its new iPhone app for FiOS TV subscribers.