Is Verizon a Cable Company?
Take FiOS TV -- it's more cable than IPTV. It uses Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) . Its new whiz-bang set of interactive widgets, including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube integration with the TV, are built on OCAP and Enhanced TV Binary Interchange Format (EBIF) platforms -- both products of CableLabs .
Heck, what's next for them? A board seat on the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) ?
Regardless of platform, it's good to see this telco TV leader step up its interactive game. And the reality of today's competitive landscape contributes to a blurring of service provider lines -- telco and cable alike are becoming platform agnostic. I can't wait to see that first Cox-branded smartphone operating on a Cox-built LTE network.
— Bernie Arnason, Managing Partner, Pivot Group , and Chairman, TelcoTV 2009