Almost beneath the radar, Optimum Lightpath, the metro fiber division of Cablevision, did something interesting last week. They began offering managed video services. When I first read the PR, I said to myself ‘ooh, a cable company offering video, big whoop’. But that’s not what Optimum Lightpath is talking about, this has nothing to do with cable television. It’s not a CDN either, nor is it an Envysion-like product.
What Optimum Lightpath seems to be aiming for is a regional competitor to Level 3’s Vyvx, encoding and transporting video streams from the venue to where it will be processed, perhaps also for dedicated distribution to the enterprise (as opposed as a CDN to the consumer). They are using a modern carrier ethernet platform to so it with, offering both managed and unmanaged services.
I suppose Cablevision’s geographical location gives them this opportunity, the New York City metropolitan area is big enough and generates enough video to make it feasible and Optimum Lightpath’s footprint is very dense. I certainly haven’t run into any other regional fiber companies that are making a serious run at this market. Sure they will do the transport of such video whenever they can, but usually it is someone else running the show – say Vyvx or AT&T or whomever. Is the New York market really big enough that Optimum Lightpath can succeed in this business despite not having network infrastructure to any other market? I guess we will find out.
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