Unnamed U.S. MVPD to substitute set-tops with game consoles

Several FCC programmer filings have suggested that a an unnamed U.S. MVPD (multichannel video programming distributor) is planning "to make its subscription and on-demand video services available directly to widely marketed consumer electronics devices, such as game consoles," according to an IMS Research news release.

Stephen Froehlich, an IMS senior analyst, said that the filing from Ron Wheeler, senior vice president of Content Protection for Fox Group, echoes similar wording from Disney and hints that someone, somewhere in the U.S. is ready to go off the set-top box tracks.

"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 (NYSE: VZ) FiOS in that category)," Froehlich said in the news release. "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."

That sounds very uncable-like, if you're looking for yet another hint. Froehlich discounts satellite providers but recent activities by Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) to become more wireline-centric would seem to place that company directly into the speculation.

For more:
- see this news release

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