Split Decision on Paying for TV Everywhere

While cable programmers are anxious to preserve their existing dual-revenue stream business model (advertising plus affiliate fees), and therefore share operators' interest in discouraging cord-cutting, TV Everywhere also represents an opportunity for them to expand the distribution of their networks. And as Iger made clear, when content owners grant expanded distribution rights they expect to receive expanded payment for those rights in return.…

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Despite Big Talk, Tru2way Could Suffer the Fate of CableCard

Last week, the FCC announced that less than half a million standalone CableCards have been shipped into deployment; no one was particularly surprised. By now, most know the FCC's vision of millions of CableCard-enabled TVs, Media Center PCs and consumer electronics — which would enable consumers to get cable content on their computer or TV without a set-top box — is dead in the water. Tru2way, the cable industry's own solution for interactive cable services in set-top and consumer electronics, may not have a much brighter future.…

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Why We May Never Reach Home Network Nirvana

Wi-Fi home networks are no longer the sole domain of the tech-savvy, while more and more non-PC devices -- be they game consoles or iPod touches -- are connecting to the network. But while the home network has, in fact, evolved, we’re not anywhere near that utopian vision of the digital home. As any of us who have a home network can attest, half the time it feels like it's hanging together with Band-Aids and silly putty, a temperamental creation in which devices can’t connect, the router needs rebooting, and if we’re lucky enough to make video streaming from the PC to the TV work, chances are it won’t tomorrow. In short, for all the advances of the home network, the transition to the full-fledged, seamlessly connected media network remains a distant vision. So what’s the deal? Why is the reality of the digital home so hard to achieve?…

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Memo to Cable Cos: Cord Cutters Aren’t The Issue

It seems the press has caught cord-cutter fever. Reading a recent Washington Post piece, you’d think we’ve entered some sort of Pay-TV apocalypse in which robots battle hipster armies who consume all their video entertainment on Macs, at least when they’re not making music videos. Others are more skeptical, estimating that only a tiny fraction of users have actually canceled their pay TV services. Regardless of who's right, cord cutting is a red herring.…

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In Defense of Cable

While you might think it’s time to cut the cable cord, there are some things you should consider before telling Comcast where it can shove its overpriced coaxial cable. Whether it’s time to dump cable depends on how much TV you watch, how important picture quality is, and whether or not you’re a sports fan.…

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