In a heavyweight fight, you often get an early glimpse of the fight to follow as the boxers test each other in round 1. While it isn’t the complete fight ( …unless you are Mike Tyson of the late 1980s… ) or the exact way that the fight will finish, but it gives you a good sense of how things make track. Consider it a leading indicator of rounds 10 to 12.
In the upcoming fight between IPTV implementations of U-verse and FiOS, Phil Harvey has a look at when FiOS steps into some of AT&T’s markets in North Texas.
Personally, I think that the consumer will be the victor in this battle when AT&T, Verizon and Time Warner start selling similar services in the same area(s). The business models of all three may take a hit, but the core value-add that the customer wants and the price point that they will accept will probably be revealed in this “leading indicator” of the fight to come between the upstart IPTV providers and legacy cable providers.
Posted January 15, 2009 8:00 AM
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