Time Warner just shut the door on that waste of time and money by Intel. TERRIBLE waste of money, and it was pumped HARD by you Intel fools.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should investigate whether such arrangements violate antitrust laws, Rich Greenfield, an analyst at BTIG LLC, said in a report yesterday.
You can be sure they will soon. Google, Apple and Intel are pushing in to the game and exclusive deals locking out others from enterance done by a group is illegel.
Funny how Anti Intel nuts loves the FTC before when it was attacking Intel and now they will hate it for helping Intel.
The control cable companies have been given over cable infrastructure (which use public right-of-way) and the video and data services delivered is unquestionably anti-competitive. The problem for Intel, Apple or Google is that the status quo, however anti-competitive, is supported by the FCC, Congress, State regulatory bodies and the courts - essentially everyone that matters.
These projects cannot survive without cable cooperation but there's no reason for cable companies to partner with them. The cable companies can acquire all the technology they need.
I'm not saying this is the way it should be - it's simply the reality today and no full-service live streaming project that exists today can survive long enough to see the policies change.
.Time Warner Cable Content Incentives Thwart New Web TV
By Andy Fixmer & Alex Sherman - Jun 11, 2013 11:01 PM CT ..Facebook Share Tweet LinkedIn Google +1 2 Comments
Print QUEUEQ..Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) and other pay-TV operators are offering incentives to media companies that agree to withhold content from Web-based entertainment services such as those pursued by Intel Corp. (INTC) and Apple Inc. (AAPL), people with knowledge of the matter said.
Google, Intel, and Apple will rip the big cable TV providers some new holes in courts soon.
The desperation from TV providers shows that the Intel TV thing will work.
I don't fault Intel for being entrepreneurial, innovative companies should be willing to take risk. However, Intel's Web TV plan as announced demonstrates a serious lack of understanding of the entertainment industry and the critical factors necessary to compete in this market. The Web TV project has the look of a project hatched by tech geeks with technology looking for a problem to solve, yet completely devoid of any meaningful industry experience.
It should be no surprise that Comcast is launching its own competitor to Apple TV and hence pre-empt Intel's Web TV. And it should be no surprise that Intel is finding it difficult to negotiate content deals that make good business sense. As I said before on this topic, the incumbent cable companies enjoy too many regulatory and market advantages in the U.S. for any hardware vendor (Intel or Apple) to use the cable's own infrastructure to successfully compete against them for delivery of live TV. It's not going to happen, at least not this decade.
Intel should just shutdown the Web TV streaming plan and try to find a more realistic way to get their silicon inside TV's and entertainment products. I'm not concerned about the money spent on the project, it's likely too small to matter, but I would rather see them focused on opportunities they have a reasonable chance of succeeding.
Intel has a long history of this. They are always looking elsewhere for sources of new growth, but nothing ever works and the end up making all their money o he processor business. Many may not recall, but for a while in the 1990s and into the earlier 2000s they sold an Intel branded MP3 player and and Intel branded digital camera (intended to take advantage of their flash memory production) and for a while they sold a whole line of Intel branded home and small business networking equipment. You could go to the store and buy an "Intel" router.
They need to still with their core competency of manufacturing microprocessors which, fortunately, they do for the most part and they do that very well. But it seem to be human nature (not just at Intel) to be looking at what the other guy is doing. "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence."
So some genius at Intel looks around and sees Google, Netflix, Apple, Amazon, Hulu, Microsoft, etc. all getting into the delivery of video content to televisions and the Intel guys say, "we should get in on that too." Who cares that it is a completely different type of business than what Intel has always done?
These things come and go and I doubt the money they spent makes even a tiny dent in their financials.
Hmmm. I wonder why the cable company distributors are reacting negatively to protect their ecosystem from the prospect of competition. You would think that it might affect their pocketbook.
Time Warner Cable Content Incentives Thwart New Web TV
Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) and other pay-TV operators are offering incentives to media companies that agree to withhold content from Web-based entertainment services such as those pursued by Intel Corp. (INTC) and Apple Inc. ), people with knowledge of the matter said.
Charter Communications Inc., the fourth-largest cable company, seeks to protect the existing pay-TV “ecosystem,” Chief Financial Officer Chris Winfrey said at the conference today.
“It’s in everybody’s mutual interest that we are protecting the ecosystem in a way that continues to keep the value of that programming that we have and the way its delivered to our subscribers today,” Winfrey said, declining to comment on specific agreements.
Maureen Huff, a spokeswoman for Time Warner Cable, declined elaborate on Britt’s remarks. Alex Dudley, a spokesman for Charter Communications, declined to say more on Winfrey’s comments.