Cable Companies Appear To Be Screwing Up TV Everywhere

from the what-a-surprise dept

Back in March, some cable companies announced plans for an offering called TV Everywhere, which was designed not to actually add value to your cable subscription plan, but to pressure TV networks to stop putting their content online for free, and offer it, instead, via cable authentication. For users, it would mean the ability to watch their cable subscriptions online, but only after they authenticate themselves, which seemed like a big hassle. It may be an even bigger hassle. Apparently, in this effort to take on things like Hulu (and, to a lesser extent, YouTube) no one at the cable companies got the message that simplicity is what made those sites work:

CBS Interactive president Quincy Smith this week proclaimed that there’s no unified standard among cable companies for the project, and dozens of companies are all approaching back-end technology differently. There’s also no real consensus between cable companies on how to proceed. One result? Users not having a central resource for video content.

Bowman suggested that projects like TV Everywhere may not yield a single site that will contain content from dozens of programmers. Instead, the authentication system the industry develops may be used to point pay-TV subscribers to several different sites to view their pay-TV content online.

Now that sounds like a winner.

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Tristin (profile) says:

This is why people pirate

And the P2P parade marches on…

Someday one of these overpaid monkeys in a suit will figure out that the only way to compete with something that is free and convenient is to make something that is free, convenient, AND somehow more valuable. It probably wouldn’t hurt to fire all of the lawyers and start thinking like someone that has to earn their paychecks.

Hephaestus (profile) says:

Re: more stuff for the business plan ....

Since its going to be asked for anyway……

268) Ability to use plugins for Client and Server Side Video to DRM’d Video.

269) Ability to request from the server and send the client custom (DRM’d) Codecs.

The rationale behind that is someone/group is going to ask to be able to use DRM’d videos that expire, have a usage limit, require server side validation, etc.

diabolic (profile) says:

Sounds like this will be as successful as cable cards that let you own your own cable box. Good luck getting what you are paying for from any cable company at any time, they have local monopolies. If the cable company has to do anything, like add some kind of authentication system, then you will see that in your bill. All this program does is lock up content behind a pay wall as a way to prop up the existing way of doing things. Nothing good can come from this.

Improbus (profile) says:

Buh Bye

I dropped my Time-Warner cable service in June but kept my high speed Internet. So far the only downside is having to wait a few hours to a day to watch a show. This small inconvenience saves me ~$60 a month. The small inconvenience is balanced by the fact that the shows I download have had the commercials removed.

Now, I would be perfectly happy to watch commercials if the networks would just put the shows on the web and let me stream them. Wake up and smell the coffee you stupid suit monkeys! You no longer get to say when and where I watch your content.

Jiss Plain Folks says:

TV is having its last gasp...

I did not buy a converter nor digital TV. They are a waste of time and money. Six hundred channels does not give anyone 600 times more content.
I have had cable for a few months, satellite (dish) for a year and “free” TV for years.
With my wireless internet connection I get the weather immediately, the news has no “teasers” ie: details on that disaster at 10:00PM. More details at 11:00. My movies come on when I want them, my reruns are of my choosing, if I want them.
Network TV is gasping for air and going down fast. Nobody is going to save it. Next to die are cable companies. Sixty to one hundred dollars per month to watch junk! You gotta be kidding, right?
Best of all I pay no one for access to any of this. All at T1 speeds or better. All it took for me to get on line was $35 for a wireless card.
Isn’t technology great?!

Nicole Vega (profile) says:

TV can be Everywhere without hassle

Nicole here, it’s sad that the idea of TV Everywhere is being drawn out and causing confusion. I work for DISH Network and I’ve recently purchased a Sling Adapter. This innovative technology works with my VIP 722k receiver, compresses my TV signal and makes it available over the web so I can watch TV anywhere I have high-speed internet access. I downloaded the free app for my iPhone and I literally can watch my TV from anywhere. No lagging, no monthly fees, no problem.

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