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  1. Time for an OTT Aggregator

    Somebody somewhere needs to come out with a cheap OTT aggregation service, essentially an iTunes for online video. It's rather overdue; I hear some variation of this every time I discuss pay TV with people outside the industry. We've written about the topic before , but it bears repeating. Over-the-top (OTT) video content is currently scattered all over an array of websites, devices, dongles and whatnots and is neither quick nor convenient to access. And as numbers of OTT video sources grow (note the recent AT&T launch of three DirecTV-based OTT services ), the jumble just gets bigger. A fairly obvious solution is a single source where all this stuff can reside. Such an OTT aggregator could be as simple (relatively speaking) as a web site, and therefore accessible across connected devices. It would ideally include a personalized list of the particular consumer's OTT services, a cross-service programming guide and user interface (UI), possibly a recommendation engine, and also allow web searches for free online content. It should be smart enough to add or drop services in real time and aggregate all the services into a single bill. And it should be cheap, say no more than $10 a month for the service itself, plus whatever the OTT providers are charging. So if a consumer gets Netflix ($10 a month), Hulu ($8) and HBO ($5), his total monthly bill would be $33. Consumers would love it. Such a tool would make life simpler, save people money, and also provide the beginnings of a la carte video, albeit solely OTT-based. Wins all around. Moreover, the necessary technology already exists. Web portals are nothing new, UI and content discovery tech have been improving in leaps and bounds, and back office billing and provisioning systems today are more than smart enough for the task. So why isn't anyone doing it? For traditional pay TV providers - be they cable, satellite or telco - such a tool presents the risk of cannibalizing their more expensive video packages. Instead, pay TV operators' approach to OTT recently has been variations of, "If ya can't beat 'em, join 'em." As mentioned earlier, telcos such as AT&T and satellite ops such as DISH have simply launched their own OTT channels, generally based on their existing content services. Cable ops have tended toward integration. Several offer Netflix and HBO Go via TiVo boxes, and Comcast recently launched Netflix on its cloud-based X1 video platform and plans to do the same with Sling TV . There's no technological reason Comcast or other cable ops couldn't integrate other OTT services as well. Interestingly, Comcast's Mark Francisco, a Fellow in the MSO's Innovation Labs, said in a Google Hangout this summer , "We need to stop saying 'OTT' as if it's a dirty word." But to reiterate, pay TV operators' moves so far are "value adds" of OTT content to their regular lineups, rather than the simple and cheap OTT-only aggregator consumers want. Comcast could do it - they've got the software savvy - but it's just not in pay TV's best financial interests to create such a tool right now. But as content prices continue to skyrocket and video margins dwindle, that could change. Some smaller cable ops have already bailed out of the video business because of escalating content costs, so anything can happen. For now, though, it seems more likely that an OTT aggregator would be created by someone outside traditional pay TV, say a big software company like Google, Microsoft or Apple. Again, the technology already exists and just needs to be tied together. The chief hurdles for a company taking on the task would mainly be business-related: Making the necessary deals with all the OTT providers and tech vendors, and then getting the thing in front of consumers. Once that happens, somebody will have created a nice little business for themselves  - and quite possibly have turned the rest of the video world on its head.

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    Mon, 5 Dec 2016

  2. Diamond Technology Reviews 2016

    BTR 's Diamond Technology Reviews, now in its twelfth year, is a technology recognition program wherein vendors serving the broadband cable ...

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2016

  3. Incognito Upgrades Back Office for DOCSIS 3.1, IPv6

    Incognito Software Systems announced the latest version of its Broadband Command Center back office device provisioning and management ...

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    Wed, 7 Sep 2016

  4. The RDK's Evolution Continues

    A traditional strength of the cable industry is defining standards and specifications around new technologies in such a way that MSOs can move ...

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    Wed, 18 Jun 2014

  1. Intraway Unveils Dynamic Provisioning System

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    Tue, 29 Apr 2014

  2. Comigo to Demo Multiscreen Social TV

    At TV Connect 2014 in London, Comigo will demonstrate its cloud-based multiscreen pay TV platform...

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    Thu, 6 Mar 2014

  3. Active B'Band Intros Prepaid Internet Solution

    Active Broadband Networks announced its new Prepaid Service System (PPSS). It's an integrated sol...

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    Thu, 30 Jan 2014

  4. Mid-Tiers Increasingly Turning to TiVo

    TiVO (NASDAQ:TIVO) began its story by providing DVRs directly to consumers, somewhat in competition with MSOs. But the company has enhanced its technology and built out its services to become a provider of not only whole-home DVR, but also multiscreen services t...

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    Mon, 23 Dec 2013

  5. Intraway Flexible IP Version Selection

    The Intraway Flexible IP Version Selection (IFIVS) enables per-subscriber and per-device-type policies to be configured based on which should receive a private or public IPv4 address, an IPv6 address, or both. Thus, IPv6 can be enabled for select subscribers and...

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    Tue, 8 Oct 2013

  6. Redefining DOCSIS Provisioning

    There is the potential for innovation happening in the network industry to bridge the divide and cross into cable access. Under the umbrella of software defined networks (SDN) is a technology called network functions virtualization (NFV) that could be used to de...

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    Wed, 10 Jul 2013

  7. GLDS Takes to the Cloud for the Cable Show

    Great Lakes Data Systems plans to demonstrate its cloud-based billing, subscriber management and provisioning system , as well as mobile workforce technologies, at the NCTA Cable Show in Boston.The company's WinCable in the Cloud is a cloud-based version of its billing, subscriber management and ...

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    Tue, 15 May 2012

  8. Belgian Op Tests Moto IPv6

    Motorola Mobility and Telenet, a provider of media and telecommunication services in Belgium, have successfully tested and evaluated the first phase of the IPv6 features of Motorola's BSR 64000 CMTS. The lab evaluation included end-to-end system testing in conju...

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    Mon, 22 Aug 2011

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