Telcos Counter Net Phoning With TV plans

from the gotta-have-the-triple-play dept

People keep talking about the “triple play” of data into and out of the house being: TV, telephone, and internet. The cable companies have the clear lead in such bundles, as they had the TV aspect locked up, are leading the internet race, and are now starting to introduce voice-over-broadband for the phone. The telephone companies are now fighting back. While they’re losing ground in their strong point – telephones – they’ve been pushing forward with their DSL plans aggressively, trying to take back ground from the cable companies. Now, they’re starting to announce plans to get into the TV business as well. Of course, it’s not clear exactly how they’ll go about doing this, as it would take an upgrade of both technology and management mindset. Previous attempts for telephone companies to control cable companies haven’t gone all that well. The focus of this article is SBC, who says they need a television offering, though, they chose to drop out of the bidding for DirecTV. Of course, if they really decide to go ahead with video over their own networks, then they have quite a ways to go. At least the cable companies have been playing with this technology for quite some time. By the time the telephone carriers figure this out, the cable companies should have quite the lead.

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