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Comcast, TWC mull online TV streaming

updated 02:50 pm EST, Fri February 20, 2009

Comcast TWC Online TV

Two US cable providers are looking to put their TV programming online in a bid to preserve their business, sources have reportedly told the Wall Street Journal. Comcast and Time Warner Cable are believed to have been in ongoing talks with content providers, such as NBC and Viacom, for a deal that would let subscribers to cable TV packages stream "much" of their available shows online on the web. The selection would be "well beyond" what free online services like Hulu offer.

Both of the involved companies would use a similar compensation model, however, and would offer the service as a free component of cable service by using ads to subsidize the cost of the service itself.

NBC, Viacom and others are quoted as being interested in the concept, which is potentially set to launch sometime during the year.

Critics have charged that proposals for such ideas are strictly defensive moves meant to protect cable service from unified services such as Hulu, network-specific sites, and pay-per-show stores like iTunes and Amazon Video on Demand. Such alternatives let users scrap regular TV service and often bypass cable providers altogether, paying revenues directly to the networks.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Guest

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    Joined: Nov 1999

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    Boxee

    Ahhhh This certainly brings the "content providers" demands that Boxee remove Hulu access into sharp focus.

    If Dishnet or Directv had these plans I'd be willing to entertain the idea, with sufficient a la carte programming. However I will not have the cable companies in my life.... EVER. So much for finding my way back to "Network" television.

  1. UberFu

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    Joined: Oct 2002

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    except one problem....

    "Such alternatives let users scrap regular TV service and often bypass cable providers altogether, paying revenues directly to the networks."

    The customer is having to pay an ISP for access to the network provided online content - so why Comcast or TW is bitching about losing renevue is beyond me.

    If I have to pay Comcast $60 for internet service and then I goto NBC or iTunes to purchase content from them - I end up paying extra anyway to have a copy of the conetnt that I can later watch wehnever I want. If I don't want to pay as much then I wait for 8pm on Friday Nite.

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