The dream of internet-based TV services is alive: Comcast (S CMCST) revealed Monday that it continues to negotiate with multiple online video distributors to let those companies transmit live feeds of NBC’s networks over the internet.
The revelation came as part of an annual report (PDF) the company has to file with the FCC to prove that it complies with the conditions put in place by the agency as part of the merger between Comcast and NBC Universal in 2011. In the report, Comcast also said that it has licensed video content to Amazon, (S AMZN) Drama Fever, Hoopla, Netflix, (S NFLX) Sensio and others.
Most if not all of these deals, which typically involve the licensing of past seasons of TV shows, have been publicized. Much less is known about the negotiations between broadcasters like the Comcast-owned NBC and companies that want to take their live feeds and stream them online, effectively competing with cable offerings like Comcast’s own Xfinity service.
One of the companies that attempted to launch such a service last year was Intel. (S INTC) However, the chip giant failed to get its OnCue offering off the ground, and eventually decided to sell the service to Verizon. (S VZ) Sony (S SNE) also announced at CES that it wants to launch a pay TV service that would be available through the company’s game consoles, but the company has yet to provide a launch date or other details.
Google, (S GOOG) Apple, (S AAPL) Vizio, M-GO and others all contemplated launching internet TV services as well at one point or another, but industry insiders doubt that any of those companies is actively pursuing that goal right now.