Monday, June 26, 2006

Verizon wants to make TV more enjoyable

Verizon Communications wants to offer interactive menus, remote control improvements and on-screen "widgets" in an effort to out-think the competition and deliver an improved television experience for consumers. Full story from Forbes.

The phone companies now offer TV, cable companies now offer phone service, and they both want to sell you Internet service and cell phones. The satellite guys think they have something to offer, too. The competition will be great for the consumer, but all these choices bring up some huge questions for multifamily developers: What the heck am I supposed to do now? How am I supposed to wire my building? Will those exclusive access and marketing agreements cut it in the era of ultimate consumer (read: your resident) choice? Telecom providers are doing a lot to offer better services at better prices; now developers are going to have to do the same. Let us know what you think.

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