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Cable companies want cash from tiered service, remote DVRs
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 01 June 2009 10:39

Cable companies are concerned that the effects of the economic downturn may start to affect revenues. That may be why they view usage caps and networked DVRs as worth the struggle.

By Chris Foresman | Last updated June 1, 2009 9:24 AM CT

Cable companies are still worried about drops in revenue that may come as the economic pinch encourages subscribers to cut out premium TV services. That may be why, despite consumer backlash, they've made recent moves to adopt bandwidth caps and metered usage plans. But they may be getting another revenue option, as the Obama administration is backing Cablevision's attempts to sell a networked DVR service to its customers.

For the most part, it seems that current customers aren't cutting their cables, but there may be fewer new customers out there. At Sanford Bernstein's 25th Annual Strategic Decisions Conference in New York, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts expressed concern over a higher than normal drop in subscriber growth in the second quarter of this year. "It's still a scary time," Roberts said. "We're really not seeing a surging of disconnects. We're just not seeing a surging of orders." [ARS Technica...]   [Comments...]

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