Nancy Dubuc of A+E Networks; Rob Marcus of Time Warner Cable; Jerald Kent of Suddenlink Communications; John Martin of Turner Broadcasting System Inc. and, John Skipper of ESPN and Disney
Cable operators and programmers demand a more user-friendly authentication process for TV Everywhere
Maribel Ramos-Weiner, Los Angeles|06 de mayo de 2014
Panelists at the forum Brought To You By Broadband: A Faster, Better And More Entertaining Future, agreed that a more user-friendly authentication process for TV Everywhere is critical for cable operators.The panel was composed of Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO of A+E Networks; Rob Marcus, Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Cable; Jerald Kent, Chairman and CEO of Suddenlink Communications; John Martin, CEO of Turner Broadcasting System Inc.; and John Skipper, president of ESPN, Inc. and Co-Chairman of Disney Media Networks.They indicated pay-TV is healthy and solid. Kent of Suddenlink Communications said there are still opportunities for growth, especially now that the market is undergoing a phase of corporate consolidation.ESPNs Skipper said cable has the best product and does not fear competitors like Netflix, and that his company had one of the most coveted programming genres: live sports. 150 million people watch sports every week, he said, adding that the industry must work together to promote the value of the pay-TV market.Turners Martin said the broadband explosion has broken distribution barriers. I believe its incredible and a great victory for consumers, he added.Martin said Turner invests US$14 billion in programming every year and that his company is worth US$70 billion.