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AT&T, TWC, Cox All Planning Game Services
Trials Later This Year, Deployment Early Next
by Karl Bode 09:09AM Tuesday Sep 25 2012
Cox, AT&T and Time Warner Cable are all cooking up plans to stream games directly to televisions, anonymous sources tell Bloomberg News. Trials of these services are expected to begin later this year for possible deployment sometime in 2013 or 2014, and from the report the types of offerings could vary greatly, from casual game experiences to services intended to rival game consoles. The move is particularly of note for AT&T and Time Warner Cable given both companies desire to charge by the byte, something that gets very expensive for the consumer when talking about HD game streams. AT&T was an investor in recently-imploded game streaming company OnLive.

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rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO

Let me guess...

...and the traffic won't count against caps?

Sometimes a company that's good in one line of business (LOB) can stretch/reinvent itself somewhere else. Far too often things like this end up a big failure and stock holders should slam the crap out of the board and executive management when it goes thud.

skuv

@rr.com

Re: Let me guess...

said by rradina:

...and the traffic won't count against caps?

Sometimes a company that's good in one line of business (LOB) can stretch/reinvent itself somewhere else. Far too often things like this end up a big failure and stock holders should slam the crap out of the board and executive management when it goes thud.

And stockholders and the board will also slam them for not finding ways to increase revenue?

So what do you propose they do instead of poo-pooing something before you even know how it will work or what it will be?
rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO

Re: Let me guess...

Buy something that's already successful and is symbiotic with their current LOB.

ArrayList
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·Comcast

what?!



inteller
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join:2003-12-08
Tulsa, OK

Kung Fu Randall says...



my favorite genre is fighting games....obviously
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macdude22

join:2005-09-08
Grinnell, IA

GameTap

Didn't Time Warner try this with GameTap already? And then sold it to some french company to get gutted to a shell of its former self?

I liked GameTap, I subscribed to GameTap for several years. They had a great client, some great games, and a reasonable price. But then they started dumping games (well more likely publishers wanted more money), dumped the original content in the client, and dropped a ton of features. The last straw for me was after the transition from TWC the new company dropped the client all together for this super crappy web interface that never worked right.

It had such potential but it always seemed like Time Warner wasn't in it for the long haul and if it hadn't turned a massive profit in the first year they wanted rid of it.

skuv

@rr.com

Re: GameTap

No, TWC didn't own GameTap, Time Warner/TBS did. 2 separate companies. And it was sold off to the French company in 2008, long after TWC was no longer part of Time Warner.
macdude22

join:2005-09-08
Grinnell, IA

Re: GameTap

I can't keep these splits and acquisitions straight.
milkman82

join:2006-06-19
Lakewood, OH
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skip one problem and move on to another!

Why don't all these companies try to fix their "supposed bandwidth saturation problem" first? See how this is going to work. They will start the service. Then realize people are slowing down the system and limit everyone to 3 hours of use a month.
milkman82

join:2006-06-19
Lakewood, OH

Re: skip one problem and move on to another!

Unless you are playing pong! That will get you 6 hours!
rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO
I understand what these companies are doing. They are looking for new sources of revenue and growth. Nothing wrong with that but if they are admitting their core product that makes them what they are has reached maturity and/or is in decline, they should buy something to grow rather than build-from-scratch.

footballdude
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Imperial, MO

Re: skip one problem and move on to another!

said by rradina:

They are looking for new sources of revenue and growth. they should buy something to grow rather than build-from-scratch.

Makes me wonder if one of them will buy a game company, like Electronic Arts.
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Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL

Israeli cable TV provider, Hot,

Israeli cable TV provider, Hot, has? or had? or was planing something like this in 09.

»mobo.co.il/cable-provider-offers···top-box/

skeechan
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Is anyone at these MSOs under 300 years old?

So how many subscriber dollars are being set afire with this epic fail? Who are these marketing people who think there is a market for this?
hotwasabi

join:2008-06-15
Westerville, OH

Re: Is anyone at these MSOs under 300 years old?

Finally - it took only 31 years but it sounds like the cable companies have finally perfected the Intellivision PlayCable!

»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayCable

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-oMtXSVKyU
Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL

Re: Is anyone at these MSOs under 300 years old?

that and sega channel is just the game in a looping data steam.

And it was dropped to make room for more TV channels and the game carts did not have the ram for the bigger games.

mmay149q
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join:2009-03-05
Dallas, TX
kudos:48

What's sad about this

Is that these providers scream and yell that the 2% are always hoarding bandwidth and causing issues for everyone else, so they need caps and overages to overcome this, but then turn around and try to "innovate" things like this that are bandwidth hoarders to get more than 2% on the "bandwidth apocalypse wagon"... I wish stupid people in our country would just wake up and see the writing on the wall, so tired of having to pay for people letting them get away with this......

Matt
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hottboiinnc
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Cleveland, OH

Re: What's sad about this

Who said that 2% would use this service?

mmay149q
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Re: What's sad about this

said by hottboiinnc:

Who said that 2% would use this service?

If you're a family with kids, and your ISP is constantly spamming you in your email and actual mail service with flyers for $15 a month gaming service, and your kids can get the same games as the X-box 360 and PS3, are you going to pay $300 for a 360/PS3 plus $60 a game, + $10 a month for X-Box live service? Or pay $15 a month + possibly $10 - $20 a game? (if they even charge for the games) All I'm saying is I can see this getting way bigger than 2% if they market it right and guarantee the ability of multiplayer. But then again if they do get this off the ground I bet they consider it a "service" and as such don't count it towards the cap, or attempt to do that anyway.

Matt
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Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. -Albert Einstein
hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH

OnLive imploded?

Hardly, they just sold the majority of their stock to someone else. they're still live and well and doing business. Their OnLine Desktop is a HUGE hit as well. and who said AT&T wasn't still an investor? they could have kept their shares as other companies did.