Blurring The TV Picture For Consumers -- To Give MORE Benefits?

A TV consumer marketing strategy that blurs some lines? Might be a plan to get consumers to do what the big TV content and distribution companies want. After years of consumers controlling DVR time-shifting, Comcast wants to see if they can be lured to more VOD services, something it has been pushing for several years.

One Comcast test delivers a VOD episode of “The Bridge” immediately after the drama has completed its scheduled FX airing.  Consumers have typically been waiting a full week to get the next VOD airing of an episode.

Comcast’s set-top box X1 entertainment operating system recently upgraded its VOD library. “Blurring the lines between live, on-demand and the DVR content was a key strategy in the X1 development,” Matt Strauss, Comcast senior vice president of video services, told USA Today.

That might not sound too consumer-friendly. Perhaps  a clearer marketing campaign would explain the benefits.

The big problem for big media is how to transition consumers from their DVR habits -- and their preponderance for fast-forwarding through TV commercials.

Consumers are also shifting more of their DVR storage to the cloud.  Years ago, cloud storage -- also called “network DVR” -- had content owners in a tizzy and ramping up litigation. They worried that pay distributors like Comcast could control programming.

Turns out that may be a benefit -- not for to the likes of Comcast, but for networks looking to get consumers to watch advertisers’ messaging.

It probably won’t end there.  My prediction: With more “native” and branded entertainment on the way, creeping into all programming on all digital platforms, expect the fast-forwarding buttons on TV/media remotes to be removed completely, forcing us to watch all content.

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1 comment about "Blurring The TV Picture For Consumers -- To Give MORE Benefits? ".
  1. brian ring from ring digital llc , August 15, 2014 at 1:03 p.m.
    Another important development in the death of the DVR is going to be AT&T's purchase of DIRECTV, since satellite operators have the greatest incentive to invest in great DVR services. It's not a secret that the operators have wanted to kill TiVo since it first came out. And to be fair - with good reason. WSJ posted TiVo data recently - Mad Men 30-second spot costs $69,500 - and 73% of them are skipped. Yes, you read it right and that data is coming right off the TiVo servers.