Re: Cable TV Races to Keep Up With Consumers

Underscoring just how quickly TV business models are evolving, Walt

> Disney Co.'s ABC announced Monday that it would offer full-length > episodes of several of its hit shows, including "Desperate > Housewives" and "Lost," for free streaming over the Internet on the > day after they appear on ABC. The shows will be supported by > advertising that you can't skip through.

Which explains why the telcos have been plotting to charge content providers for access to their DSL subscribers and why the cable companies have been silently cheering them on.

The Telcos saw TV over IP as their way of competing with cable companies, *as long as the cable model worked.* That model has the cable companies charging the consumer, plus collecting ad revenue and "slotting fees" from the channels.

Producers selling programs direct to the consumer take all that revenue away from the phone/cable companies, and they don't like being just a pipeline supplier.

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Clark W. Griswold, Jr.
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