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NAB 2017: Altice USA Eyes Offering OTT Content to Customers

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Altice USA is talking with over-the-top content companies to possibly offer some of their programming through its cable systems, chairman and CEO Dexter Goei said at the NAB Show in Las Vegas Tuesday.

In a keynote session moderated by Multichannel News and B&C editorial director Mark Robichaux, Goei said that integrating some OTT content is the logical next step in providing the products customers want.

While he was short on specifics, Goei did make a clear distinction between OTT services that are direct competitors and those that provide content that are more like pay TV channels. The latter seem to be the best candidates for integration into the Altice USA programming package.

"Clearly there are certain providers that are unique to the non-linear world that makes sense to integrate into the user experience," Goei said, adding that the company is working with several companies.

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Mike Farrell is senior content producer, finance for Multichannel News/B+C, covering finance, operations and M&A at cable operators and networks across the industry. He joined Multichannel News in September 1998 and has written about major deals and top players in the business ever since. He also writes the On The Money blog, offering deeper dives into a wide variety of topics including, retransmission consent, regional sports networks,and streaming video. In 2015 he won the Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Profile, an in-depth look at the Syfy Network’s Sharknado franchise and its impact on the industry.