Big Cable's New Silicon Valley Lab Aims to Ditch "Your Grandmother's Cable"
November 6, 2012 4:21 PM
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Cable companies team up with Stanford to try to keep customers interested
Jerald Kent, chief executive of Cequel Communications and co-founder of Charter Communications, Inc. (
that the cable industry is getting stale. He comments, "[The industry needs to] get re-energized. Part of the message is this is not your grandmother's cable business."
The cable industry has suffered hundreds of thousands of
in recent months amid a lagging economy. And while it pulled in $97.6B USD last year and fed streams to 57 million customers, its long-term future is unclear in the internet age.
To that end top cable companies are collaborating to form an "innovation funnel", located in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Managed by Louisville, Colo.-based
, an industry nonprofit research and development consortium, the new center will open in mid-2013 and house a number of engineers looking to experiment with ambitious GUIs and interactive options to reinvigorate the increasingly tired cable television space.
The new lab is located in the heart of gleaming Silicon Valley. [Image Source: Kidder Mathews]
CableLabs already had
a small outpost
in San Francisco, but the new Bay Area facility will greatly expand its local presence. The industry entity is looking to partner up with
for academia-industry joint projects.
Aside from re-skins of traditional cable offerings, these "co-innovation labs" will reportedly explore ways of offering up faster, better
cable services to mobile devices
Comments Comcast Corp.'s (
) cable CEO Neil Smit -- also a CableLabs board member -- "Mobile is growing and we want to provide our services in mobile format. Wi-Fi is a very important part of our business, both indoor and outdoor aspects of it."
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fixed! pay me instead.
11/6/2012 6:17:02 PM
How about lower costs? I thought technology got cheaper with age, and use.
Instead cable just gets more expensive.
Perhaps people wouldn't be so quick to jump ship if it cost them $50/m instead of $150 plus this plus that plus plus plus...
RE: fixed! pay me instead.
11/6/2012 8:41:16 PM
Cable companies keep making bigger and bigger deals with sport franchises. I heard this is the main thing driving up your cable bill. They figure sports is one thing people will be dependent on them for.
RE: fixed! pay me instead.
11/6/2012 8:50:46 PM
Dependent in the Internet age? Nope.
My cable company took ESPN out of the "basic plus" package recently, leaving me unable to watch the football game last night and root for my team.
So I called them up and upgraded my package for only....
HA! Just kidding. I watched the game on some pirate website running live streams of all the games. So good one cable company, your strategy really worked!
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