Next TV Summit: Roku CEO Sees Virtual MSO Coming
Wood predicts pay-TV package distributed over the Internet in next 12 months
By Todd Spangler, Multichannel News -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/20/2012 2:15:26 PM
"In the next 12 months in the U.S. you'll start to see a virtual MSO, a pay-TV package distributed over the Internet through devices like Roku," said Wood, speaking at Multichannel News/B&C Next TV Summit here. "Companies are trying to figure out how to reach a different class of customer, maybe who don't have cable TV."
Roku, which sells low-cost set-tops for streaming Internet video, has been in discussions with several companies that "have aspirations" of being a virtual MSOs, Wood said. He expects incumbent players that already have billion-dollar content deals to step up to the plate first.
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