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UltraViolet Reviewers Sing the Blues

Welcome to the cable news roundup, T.G.I.F. edition.

  • Some early reviews for UltraViolet are in, and many consumers aren't exactly impressed with the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem LLC (DECE) ' s digital rights locker for movies so far, according to the consumer reactions culled by NewTeeVee. UltraViolet, an iTunes-like competitor that counts Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) among its backers, has drawn criticism early on, with issues ranging from trouble downloading UltraViolet-complaint digital movies to iPads to problems purchasing movies for streaming via the Firefox browser. DECE responded by telling the online pub that it's "working tirelessly" to address concerns as UltraViolet's gradual rollout continues. (See UltraViolet to Open its Rights Locker in Mid-2011 .)

  • BTIG Research 's Richard Greenfield thinks U.S. cable MSOs have a broadband advantage over the telcos, but need to do a better job communicating the benefits of speedy products such as Docsis 3.0. His review of ads from Charter Communications Inc. , Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) and Comcast concluded that the messaging of the following Charter ad is "spot-on" and the best of the lot:

  • Perhaps some similar lessons could be learned north of the border. Some Cogeco Communications (Toronto: CCA) subs are complaning to DSL Reports that the Canadian MSO is hitting them with a $50 charge to upgrade to Docsis 3.0, even if they purchase and install their own modems.

  • The American Cable Association (ACA) urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to "distinguish with care" the entities covered by new closed captioning obligations tied to video delivered over IP. ACA favors the rules for online video programming, but stressed the need to keep separate the cable and online worlds within the context of the new closed captioning mandates.

  • Nine cable engineers will square off in Atlanta next month at the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Cable-Tec Expo to compete in the Jeopardy-style "IP Challenge" semi-finals and finals. SCTE said more than 90 Society members participated in the tourney's three Web-based qualifying rounds. (See On Deck: Cable-Tec .)

  • Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) has hired former Playtone exec Peter Friedlander to lead up the company's expansion into original programming.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

  • AESerm 12/5/2012 | 4:50:45 PM
    re: UltraViolet Reviewers Sing the Blues

    Very funny Charter ad.

    But I still don't need DOCSIS 3 level speeds.

    Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:50:45 PM
    re: UltraViolet Reviewers Sing the Blues

    Well, not at the price it's at now.  I think i'm on a 12-meg tier and it does everything I need it to do. If they truly wanted to get people on the D3 train they'd do what J:COM is doing and price it a few bucks above the highest level single Docsis channel tier.  Then again, speed competition is nutty in Japan, so the situation is a bit different.

    But I still like what TWC is doing with that D3/Slingbox promo.  That might move the needle a little bit.


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