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Most Cable subscribers like Internet TV services

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 16 Jul 2009 22:26 User comments (6)

Most Cable subscribers like Internet TV services According to a survey conducted by Solutions Research Group, 73 percent of Comcast and Time Warner Cable subscribers find that free Internet TV services, such as online VOD are an "excellent" or "good" idea.
The report did note however that respondents were not as happy about video reliability of the online video, and wished it was better.

Comcast recently announced that they plan to begin a trial of their upcoming online VOD service next week, with a small 5000 subscriber beta stage. The service should be available to all Comcast subscribers by the end of the year.

The service will include content from TBS, TNT, HBO, Cinemax, Starz, AMC, BBC America, DIY Network, Fine Living Network, Food Network, Hallmark, HGTV, History, IFC, MGM Impact, Sundance Channel, WE tv, The Style Network, G4, and Fearnet.

The survey, via MCN, was given out in June and surveyed 500 customers of each ISP, with the requirements they were 18 and also had broadband Internet.

"When asked about a service that would allow access to cable channels on the Web or mobile device, 28% said the idea was "excellent" and 45% said it was "good," reads the report.

The top most wanted channels users wanted access to online, for free, were ESPN, HBO, CNN, Discovery Channel, History Channel and Sci-fi.

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6 user comments

117.7.2009 0:24

500 people seems rather low for the amount of subscribers either company must have.I'm with comcast and with the digital cable service they have an on demand service. It has a lot of the channels stated in the article, granted some as HBO and similar channels you have to already be subscribed to so that you can have it on demand. Still, it has many programs. So I don't see the reason to transfer this service to my computer. The bandwith caps would be reached by a lot of people, and it can't be that great. Also an HD tv set, or just a regular tv, is a much bigger viewing area than a computer screen. So I don't see the point.

217.7.2009 1:12


Its 5,000 people, not 500.

317.7.2009 4:18

i do not know as i was only here to SPAM!!!!!!!!!

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417.7.2009 9:45

Comcast can't keep my cable tv service working right, I have my doubts about this.

518.7.2009 2:01

What I read: "Our internet-based TV services are so far compressed that they look worse than our over-compressed cable feeds"

This is why netflix's service is bad...their servers are far too slow to feed the videos at full quality (or even at their own maximum quality). No matter how fast your ISP is (I have 30mbps and no other limits), Netflix treats you like you have a DSL line...with video quality that makes DivX look good.

618.7.2009 8:30

@khmernize: Its 5000 people for the beta stage. Only 500 people were actually servayed per isp.

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