Cablecos Struggle to Reach Consensus on TV Everywhere

NEW YORK -- A lack of standards and a legal debate may keep the cable industry's "TV Everywhere" efforts from being widely deployed for at least another two years, top industry executives predicted Tuesday.

"The hurdles -- at least as we see it -- are huge. I've seen in the last 20 days about 40 different proposals for what TV Everywhere means to each individual company," CBS Interactive CEO Quincy Smith said at a panel session at the Paley Center for Media, where executives discussed efforts from cable operators and content suppliers to allow viewers to watch programming from their pay TV subscriptions on the Internet.

"There's no consensus. There's no standards," Smith added.

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— Steve Donohue, Contentinople

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