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OEN Bows Out

6:00 AM -- Remember Optical Entertainment Network Inc. (OEN)? They were going to bring independent IPTV -- and phone and Internet service -- to parts of Texas via fiber-to-the-home. (See IPTV Startup Has Big Plans for Texas.)

Not any more. Xchange Magazine got word earlier this week that OEN is folding its Fision triple-play service.

"Due to circumstances beyond our control, Fision will be discontinuing all services," a friendly, Houston-tinged voice tells anyone who calls OEN's main number. "We apologize for the inconvenience."

"Circumstances beyond our control" smacks of "nobody wanting to fund our company any more."

Fiber-to-the-home hasn't had quite the bubble buildup as VOIP services, considering it takes more than a guy with a computer. But the same kind of exuberance has taken hold, maybe on a milder level.

OEN won't be the last. At least they had an interesting ride:

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

dhdeans 12/5/2012 | 2:58:20 PM
re: OEN Bows Out Most IPTV deployments lack any meaningful new ingredient that differentiates the service, and therefore they are promoted based upon the multi-play bundle price. Unless you have profitable cashflow from another source, it's not clear how any me-too offer can stand the tests of time.

David H. Deans
David H Deans 12/5/2012 | 2:58:20 PM
re: OEN Bows Out Most IPTV deployments lack any meaningful new ingredient that differentiates the service, and therefore they are promoted based upon the multi-play bundle price. Unless you have profitable cashflow from another source, it's not clear how any me-too offer can stand the tests of time.

David H. Deans
bollocks187 12/5/2012 | 2:58:19 PM
re: OEN Bows Out In looking at the service - that was a really tough sell - competiting with MSO and RBOC with esentially the same service offering does not appear to be the right formulae for a "new carrier" success.

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