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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Here's a thought:
11/7/2012 3:57:52 AM
If you want to retain some degree of profitibility, take a good long look at what landline phone providers have done.
In my own (admittedly short) lifetime, landlines have done away with everything from party-lines to fees for long-distance calls. A landline is now a cheap alternative to a cell-phone and makes great sense for people who are not always "on the go" or for people who need a cheap business phone. Monthly rates have dropped through the floor from >$60/month (for someone who frequently makes long-distance calls) to <$20 for unlimited long-distance.
If cable wants to remain relevant, it must do the same. Provided UNLIMITED content access at rock-bottom prices. No data caps. No bandwidth throttling. No witch-hunts for file-sharers.
There are only a few ways you can compete. Offer more value; offer lower prices; offer far superior service; or a combination of the three. Cable has NONE of these currently--and is dying off. This is business 101.
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