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Yesterday Cox president Pat Esser, told Bloomberg the cable operator would deliver a gigabit network in some residential markets this year. The interview was cagey on how, but an Ars Technica story notes that Cox has spread doubts about FTTH tech on its web site. Last year, I covered how next-generation DOCSIS technologies can deliver gigabit service and last year Comcast even showed off a 3 Gbps connection. But as cable providers use more of their network capacity and for IP delivery, they will also run up against a tough business problem — namely how to keep subscribers from dumping pay TV packages in favor of web-based alternative.

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  1. TV MSOs and other pay TV providers.. have to look at the Recorded Music Industry… and they have to decide if they want to align their business plan(s) with the desires of their customers. The Music industry today shows what happens when business plans and consumer desire/needs collide…

    IMHO, networks are a dead end (in the physical sense) but virtual networks will always thrive; there is little need for dedicated spectrum or physical layer; a packet sharing network does the job.

    The future is the past; delivering compelling content; forcing the consumer to accept long standing limits on where/when and how it’s delivered or newly adopted caps on data usage is in the long term a losing hand.

  2. As a Cox user, I would prefer they spend some of my monthly subscriber fees to clean up their on-line menu…..I have no way to remove all of the channels I do not want, and, frankly, I am tired of flipping through almost 2000 channels to find what I want — why can’t they put all premium channels adjacent to one another, for example? Why can’t they allow me to have more ‘favorites'; why can’t they allow me to simply remove those channels from the menu that I do not want — I don’t go to church on-line, I do not speak Spanish, do not want to watch on-line shopping networks — and the list goes on…..give ME the option of only ‘renting’ the channels I want instead of the ‘all-or-none’ approach.

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