Service providers, device makers try to cooperate, at expense of OTT

If nothing else, last week's CES provided a middle ground for service providers, device makers and even federal officials. Left standing outside the circle, apparently, were over-the-top players who could be left in the cold as cable and consumer electronics makers cozy up.

"If you buy a video subscription from us in your home, our goal is to make the video available on all your devices," said Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC-WI) CEO Glenn Britt. "People don't see PCs and phones and tablets and TVs as different things. They are all video display devices."

That's what has the OTT crowd a little concerned. Even as Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) managed to get a button on TV remotes, another OTT wannabe, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), pleaded its case to work with cable TV to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. The problem, said Google Apps senior product manager Rishi Chandra told Genachowski: "We're limited."

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