Nov 09

How Cable Is Looking to Capture Startup Innovation

After years of relying on home-grown innovation, cable operators are hoping to turn more toward Internet startups to help power new services and products.

As cable operators evolve toward Internet-protocol video and Web technologies, they’re eager to draw creative energy from the hundreds of thousands of independent Web and mobile app developers. By contrast, the universe of cable-focused startups catering to the industry is more like a few dozen.

“Our platform is very flexible — it can absorb a lot of technologies,” Dick Green, former president and CEO of CableLabs, said. “You don’t care who developed it as long as you can take advantage of it.”

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