Cox Plans Additional Live Channels for TV Everywhere App
Michelle Clancy | 28-11-2012
Cox Communications will add more than 50 live channels to its TV Everywhere service before the end of the year, and is planning to launch a dedicated iPhone app to augment the existing iPad app, according to a report. Android will follow is the first half of 2013.
The move brings Cox' live channels to a total of 90. But Cox is a little behind when it comes to supporting platforms for the Cox TV Connect service, which it launched about one year ago for in-home use over Wi-Fi. While it's not the most basic in the market, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable have both offered iPhone apps for quite some time. That said, all cable operators are in varying stages of deployment as they wrestle with the technological and carriage fee obstacles to getting to true TV Everywhere. For Cox's part, it has much bigger plans as it goes forward.
"The emphasis is: we are building an IP video infrastructure capable of both inside-the-home and outside-the-home distribution," Steve Necessary, Cox's vice president of video product development and management, told Multichannel News. "The intent is to make sure the delivery infrastructure is capable of linear and on-demand."
To get the service customers must have a higher broadband tier plus, of course, a Cox TV subscription.
MCN reports that Cox will add: Bio, Encore, Fox Business Network, Galavisi?n, G4, GAC, GMC, Hallmark, Hallmark Movie Channel, NatGeo Wild, Outdoor Channel, Oxygen, Sprout, Tennis Channel and WGN. A&E, ABC Family, AMC, Animal Planet, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, C-SPAN 2, C-SPAN 3, Discovery, Disney Channel, E!, Food Network, Fox News, FX, Golf Channel, HGTV, History Channel, HLN, HSN, Lifetime, MSNBC, National Geographic, QVC, Speed, Syfy, TBS, TLC, TNT, Travel Channel, truTV, Turner Classic Movies and USA Network.