Recent days have seen a flurry of new launches for video services by both AT&T and Verizon. Markets like Jacksonville, Florida, South Bend, Indiana, and Hampton, Virginia are all now able to receive video from the local phone company in addition to cable and DBS options. And it’s not just the large players either. Smaller telcos across the U.S. continue to launch IPTV services. Avail Media, an aggregator of content and IPTV solutions for smaller telcos, announced 20 new affiliates this week. The competitive posturing continues as well, with all kinds of promotions being offered to entice people to switch services. I live in the D.C. area and noticed a commercial from Comcast the other day promoting free DVR for a year – a direct response to Verizon FiOS’ ongoing free multi-room DVR promotion. The ongoing battle lines seem to be intensifying. Should be fun to watch.
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