Wednesday, May 18, 2016

i said to come with pay- service

The television saga continues with a new report byQuartz today offering a fresh insight behind the curtain of ’s ongoing negotiations with content owners. The crux: while the talks have stalled as ’s faced significant hurdles, the company is cunningly hoping to get at lst a few content providers on board for a rumored i launch.Afterwards, is hoping to get cable companies to play along, the report notes. ’s ultimate goal is to have the rumored standalone television set launch witha pay service that would see “essentially becoming a cable company itself”…According to theQuartz report, the stallingnegotiations with cable companies prompted to instd talk directly to content providers who their content to cable and satellite providers.Specifically, is apparentlynegotiating with production studios and networks to provide content for“a television set that would emphasize apps over cable ”, among them being Disney’s ESPN, Time Warner’s HBO, and Viacom, which owns M Networks, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central.One alternative being considered is that could essentially become a cable company itself. Under that scenario, sources say, would launch what is formally known as a virtual multichannel programming distributor.MVPD is the ch-all term for pay services, whether delivered over cable lines, satellites, or otherwise. A virtual MVPD would offer such content entirely over the internet. , Google, and are known to be preparing virtual MVPDs of their own.The story also mentions that , Google and are considering similar strategy for their own television efforts. and Viacom refused to comment on the story, with ESPN mentioning“there are no formal discussions taking place”.HBO’s Jeff Cusson said his company has“no plans to go over the top or to enter these markets in a different way,”mning the network isn’t rdy to allow online-only subscriptions as of yet.’s product would offer television apps instd of channels, the report noted, adding the company is tapping its acquisitions ofcontent aggregator Matcha. and PrimeSense, the Israeli firm whose technology is behind ’s Kinect.Former Hulu execPeter Distad just started work at andBloomberg thinkshe could help with ’s talks with Time Warner Cable. The cable network’s CEOpreviously saidhis company was discussing strming dls with .He also spoke fondlyof ’s $99 set-top box and indied his company would be willing togive control of the television interfaceto provided the company lets it keep customer relationship.Back in July,Bloomberg claimedTime Warner Cable channels would be coming to the “in a few months,”lding pundits to speculate thatcould still be planningsome sort of a -related product announcement this yr, be it a fourth-eration , a full-on set or even acompanion product/lit remote.

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