Viacom CEO: TV Everywhere still has a long way to go

Viacom chief executive Philippe Dauman isn't buying into the talk that TV Everywhere is gaining traction among pay-TV providers...at least not yet, anyway. Dauman last week said adoption of TV Everywhere has been slow "mostly because there have been issues with technical capabilities on the part of many distributors." The company, which owns cable networks like BET, MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, already has deals in place with Verizon and Cablevision. Dauman said he expects deals to happen as those issues are ironed out, but it's likely to be "a two-to-three year process." The problems, he said, are due to server and encoding technology as well as the marketing plans of various distributors. Content owners, he said, are ready to roll. "Anytime you can get more avenues to distribute your content, it's ultimately an incremental opportunity," he said. Article

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