Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Comcast Video Interface

Comcast has introduced an interface for selecting broadcast and on demand content using video thumbnails that show the content. It is using this interface at selected locations in the Midwest and the South. It plans to bring this video interface to Philadelphia by the end of this year.

This is another counter move against the TelcoTV services, especially the Microsoft IPTV Edition software. This sounds like a good move on Comcast's part but is being deployed over a significant period of time. This will give both ATT and Verizon time to respond in most of their territories.

2 comments:

Ohad said...

Hi Bob

A lot of times we here how IPTV isn't a "me too" strategy in the sense that the interactivity IP can gnegrate is much greater than what cables can do with their curretn network. My question is, can MSOs compete with IPTV with their current technology in terms of innvation and interactivity or would they eventually deploy IPTV as well?

It's obvious telcos use IPTV , what kind of technology cables use (from the technical point of view) ?

Thanks,
Ohad

Bob Larribeau said...

Ohad,

This is a new one to me, but one that is quite logical.

The cable companies in the U.S. are trialing switched digital, which provides ability to switch content onto digital channels. I believe that this approach improves the video on demand capacity of the network snd provides a way of suporting a long tail of less popular channels.

I think that Docsis 3.0 that I have written about separately is another significant improvement for the cable companies. People will know that a 100 Mbps cable modem service will be better than a 3 Mbps DSL service, even if it makes a difference only with a few applications, such as file download.

I have been monitoring cable/telco compeetition for 10 years now. It is like watching a slow motion train wreck. You know that the result will be spectacular, but it takes forever for it to occur.

(By the way, the situation is much different in Europe in Asia. There are few cable companies outside in these regions that come close to the U.S. cable compaines in terms of advanced services.)