unbearable 12/5/2012 | 5:29:13 PM
re: Aereo's ISP Opportunity

Toledo Telecom markets Roku boxes.

So does Best Buy, Amazon, and everyone else.


Where is the CABLE CONTENT ?


Offering up the 1000 unwanted Roku channels, the already-available OTA channels, or the poor excuse that is the Netflix or Amazon or Blockbuster streaming libraries is NOT an alternative to cable or satellite.


Aereio isn't doing us any favors either, other than making up for OTA DTV's terrible transmission quality - except that we're now contending with our ISP's ability to deliver enough bandwidth for the stream.



msilbey 12/5/2012 | 5:29:11 PM
re: Aereo's ISP Opportunity

I am absolutely convinced that there will be more of these lower-end video services coming to market. And while today the packages combine OTA and OTT content, there's nothing to say there couldn't be negotiations in the future to add select cable network content. Once the distribution model is in place, there will be people who want to experiment with the economics. 

On another note, I wonder at what point it will become viable for a non-traditional service provider to pay broadcast retransmission fees and then deliver that content over IP rather than bundling it as an OTA service. That's assuming, of course, that Aereo fails in its legal bid to bypass retransmission altogether. 

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 5:29:10 PM
re: Aereo's ISP Opportunity

I have posted about this several times...but I wonder if specialized OTT providers - note broadcast providers - won't be the way of the future (see Skyangel).


I mean you guys keep talking about picking and choosing then fall back and make a cable replacement model.  If you are REALLY doing a low end service, why make it a cable replacer.  Go for a sports package or a reality TV package or a major network package and price it at $9.95 a month.



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