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Cable's Cloud Play In 2012

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    Cable’s Cloud Play in 2012 :: CableFax Portal (click for full article)

    December 19, 2012

    Cable's Cloud Play in 2012

    By Joyce Wang

    "It's been a "cloudy" year for the cable industry-at least in terms of teaming with companies like Boxee, ActiveVideo Networks, SnappyTV and Synacor to offer cloud-based services and applications. Many of the cloud-based applications have been introduced to improve the user experience as legacy digital set-top boxes lack memory and processing power for cable operators to provide contemporary user interfaces, interactive program guides (IPGs) and other TV applications. Compared to cloud-based guides, finding information and navigating on legacy IPGs can frustrate consumers.


    Cloud-based apps are used for TV Everywhere, expanding cable's cloud services with cable networks' online video services. They are also enabling MSOs to import popular web content to TV. Additionally, thanks to cloud technology new IP-based interactive apps and widgets can be added to the TV screen. Then there are cloud-based apps for social media, home automation and multimedia phone services. With everything IP, security and utility management can be monitored on TV through a cloud-based platform. Cable is also looking to integrate phone and TV platforms with caller ID, remote DVR, video phone and more using cloud servers."
     
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    Comcast Wants To Emulate Apple - Business Insider (click for full article)

    by Max Nisen | Dec. 13, 2012, 11:31 AM |


    "Comcast's business is huge, and ranges from laying cable and providing internet and phone service to making content at NBC Universal. In trying to create a simple, cohesive experience, CEO Brian Roberts is looking to Apple, which has done that better than anybody. In a wide ranging interview with Fortune's Geoff Colvin, Roberts revealed his driving vision. He wants to take lessons from Apple's success and bring them to everything Comcast does.


    When asked about how complicated TV's become, here's what Roberts said:


    "Everything we could learn from what Apple has done so well is how to take really complicated things and make them simple, make them fun, make them beautiful and easy. As I think about where I'd like to see us go, it is absolutely to take this overwhelming amount of content choices -- now with the Internet so many more choices -- and make them personalized, make them easy to interact with and have anytime on any device."
     
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    Is Google's PrimeTime application considered to be "cloud-based"? (I think it is.) If so, then Chopper, in Canada, ought to be able to input his 6-character postal code into it! Don't you think? I don't use that app, but if you do, can you check if 6-characters are permitted in the zip code field?

    According to Sony-Google Tv in Canada, they say that that functionality is created by the application's developer. Well, Google is the developer of the PrimeTime app.

    These Interactive Program Guides aren't closed-systems, in that they are openly accessible to the public. As well, if you're in Canada, they're readily available to whomever.

    Maybe Chopper is going to need a "private label" developer to do another primetime application.

    Maybe neveroffline can give us his opinion on how Chopper can get this to work.
     

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