Monday, November 28, 2011

Rogers exploring potential of LTE

Rogers CEO Nadir Mohamed says Long Term Evolution will allow Rogers to create over-the-top entertainment video services that resemble Netflix more than traditional cable TV, and be available both on mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets, as well as TVs equipped with Internet access, or Internet-connected game consoles.

The remarks appear to refer to ways video entertainment can become a revenue stream for Rogers in areas where it does not provide fixed network cable TV services, for example.

Rogers, which provides cable television services in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Ontario, says it won't provide cable TV services it offers to those customers, to connected tablets and televisions outside those areas.

At least in part, that would be necessary since content owners do not seem likely to allow such uses of their licensed video content. Rogers exploring potential of LTE

The Diffusion Group (TDG) predicts that by 2020 the consumption of Internet video — content stored and distributed over an IP architecture — will eclipse the consumption of broadcast TV programming.Internet video forecast

With the caveat that consumption does not equal "revenue," the growing amount of online and mobile video consumption is creating the environment where providers will have growing opportunities to test new types of services and revenue models. But content owners will have to agree.

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