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albreznick
albreznick
10/28/2013 | 10:30:34 PM
Re: Netflix effect
You're definitely on to something there. HBO is most certainly worried about Netflix. So it has to find ways to loosen its cable binds without ticking off cable operators too much. Will be most ebtertaining to watch. 
David Dines
David Dines
10/28/2013 | 1:38:56 PM
Re: Comcast's strategy
On a personal level, I am glad to see this move so I can pay for what I want to watch and not for all the other channels I do not care about.

My opinion has been (since Netflix started streaming) that this model is inevitable, and eventually all of the incumbents will recognize this and get on board.  As a side note, this seems like it is about the right amount of time for a major incumbent move - they typically wait quite a while before making change of this magnitude.  

The big unknown is the transition to a profitable new business model. I think that there will a lot of experimentation with bundles/tiers/pricing and broadband speeds and data caps before things settle out.
brookseven
brookseven
10/28/2013 | 1:30:50 PM
One VoD note
 

Something I have noticed lately and have changed a couple of things because of it.  VoD of broadcast cable programs are starting to have "no fast forward" button.  This means that I am using my DVR more and more to record programs since I can still skip commercials.  I used to use VoD for many programs to time shift, since for TV it is free (or no additional cost).  For re-runs, it looks like fast forward is still available just not for first run programs.

Just as an aside, in all my years I have bought 1 movie from VoD.  To me, VoD is like a different version of my Netflix subscription.  I do not buy into the "sooner than on Netflix" nonsense as well.  If I didn't bother to see a movie in the theater than this month or 3 months from now doesn't matter.

 

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KBode
KBode
10/28/2013 | 8:55:43 AM
Re: Bundles of joy
It's a nice first step. Unfortunately, it's only being aimed at new customers, when the company needs to aim such offers at existing customers to prevent users from downgrading to just broadband. I think the promotional pricing also quickly loses its luster, since it jumps to $60 to $70 after 18 months, and to $70 to $80 another six months after that.

A very good start, though. The price tag is less than what I pay for a standalone 15 Mbps FiOS line. More of this kind of thing, please.
kaop
kaop
10/27/2013 | 11:17:56 PM
Netflix effect
Maybe HBO is feeling the pressure from Internet content streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus.  This might be a start of HBO web subscription service without stepping on their cable/satellite partners toes.
albreznick
albreznick
10/27/2013 | 9:01:15 PM
Comcast's strategy
How many different types of options do you think Comcast may try out, Mari? Any sense of which approach they like better? What do you think other MSOs are up to on this front, besides Cox?
albreznick
albreznick
10/27/2013 | 1:29:20 PM
Re: Bundles of joy
Agreed. Not only is it a move in the rigtht direction, it's a very necssary step. Boardband is quickly emerging as the foundation service, not traditional video. So cable operators must find new ways to compete on the broadband front, particularly with OTT providers breathing down their necks. Now let's see how those negotiations with Netflix work out.   
MarkC73
MarkC73
10/26/2013 | 10:24:19 PM
Re: Bundles of joy
Why not?  Might as well get some value add for those Internet only customers, plus now they have access to VoD which can only boost RPS.  I realize it will be a while before ala carte and OTT, but it seems like a move in the right direction.
DOShea
DOShea
10/25/2013 | 10:23:36 PM
Bundles of joy
This is exciting stuff, and really looks like the future of cable TV, or at least part of its future. I think Cox got a glimpse of that future, and didn't like what it saw, but maybe Comcast figured its worth a try.


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