Game Consoles to Replace Set-Tops?

IMS Research is reporting that an American MSO is looking into replacing set-top boxes with software for game consoles and other consumer devices. According to IMS, in a filing with the FCC, Ron Wheeler, SVP of content protection for Fox Group, stated that "i...

IMS Research is reporting that an American MSO is looking into replacing set-top boxes with software for game consoles and other consumer devices.

According to IMS, in a filing with the FCC, Ron Wheeler, SVP of content protection for Fox Group, stated that "in the course of renegotiating a contract with one of Fox's multichannel video programming distribution ("MVPD") partners, the MVPD has told Fox that it intends in the near future to make its subscription and on-demand video services available directly to widely-marketed consumer electronics devices, such as game consoles."

Stephen Froehlich, a senior analyst with IMS Research, said in a statement: "While it is impossible to yet say who the MVPD in question is, our analysis points to a cable operator in the U.S. (including Verizon FiOS in that category). AT&T already has such an effort underway with Mediaroom on the Xbox 360 and lacks the bandwidth to do much more than it is currently doing. The satellite operators retain the need for a standalone hardware platform that contains satellite tuners, demodulators, a standalone decryption capability, and local storage. One very interesting possibility is that the MVPD in question may become a content distribution network and begin serving video to customers using other broadband providers."
More in Home