Barry Diller Forecasts Cable Company Dissolution in 20 Years

/ May 30, 2013

barry-diller-d11

During the second day of All Things Digital’s D11 Conference yesterday, IAC’s Barry Diller and CNN’s Jeff Zucker fielded questions about the changing video landscape, but Diller hit hardest while discussing IAC-backed streaming service Aereo.

Aereo gives subscribers access to the same kind of digital antenna, he argues, that television owners can already purchase in rabbit-ear form at any RadioShack–but the difference that has caused uproar (and a lawsuit) among cable providers is that it subverts cable’s exclusive rights to distribute content online (think HBOGo).

But Diller expressed a relief at Aereo’s recent legal proceedings, saying “I’m kind of glad they sued us in such a noisy way because it’s helping get Aereo known to people. So, all this drama that is stirred up is actually, I think, good for us.” It’s this kind of publicity that he hopes to use to expand Aereo’s subscriber base from just Boston and New York to 22 cities in the next 6–8 months.

He noted that Aereo’s subscriber base is currently extremely small, but he hopes expanding will bring a greater opportunity to both younger audiences and those uncomfortable paying more for the channels they don’t watch to support people who do. Diller said, “I think that young people who don’t now subscribe to cable are going to maybe think of Aereo as an alternative because they don’t like cable. They see no reason to pay $100 a month for things they mostly don’t watch.”

Challenged by Zucker for potentially proposing to give away content without paying broadcasters, Diller added, “I don’t want to beat up broadcasters…I want to move from closed systems to Internet systems. The more you can get video to IP, the better it will be,” going on to predict that in 20 years, “I can’t imagine we’ll have cable running around.”

Diller’s vote of confidence for companies capable of disrupting broadcast companies included Amazon, Microsoft and Apple. On the latter he said, “I don’t think it’s some big secret that they’ve been working for years on trying to solve television,” which slightly mirrored Tim Cooke’s comments at the same conference, even if Cooke’s assertions were a bit more veiled than Diller’s confidence.

Facing the future, Diller said, “I think it’s exciting that there’s going to be some creative disruption. For the first time, you could seamlessly hook up a large screen to the Internet and get these [streaming] services.”

Tags: , , , , , ,


facebook-thumbs-down

Facebook Says It’s Sorry It Vastly Overestimated Video...

 
craig-piligian-pilgrim-media-group

Pilgrim Media Group CEO Craig Piligian (‘The...

 
youtube-heroes-for-change

Heroes or Rats?: YouTube Unveils New Program for Creators Who...

 
Vessel says it's doing well in its first month

Why Verizon is Pursuing Vessel, the...

 
Industry Tickets Selling Fast!
Click above to lock in your registration for VidCon 2015!
 
jared-feldman-and-sam-hui-ph-d-at-the-2014-canvs-launch

How Canvs Media is Harvesting Emotional Insights on YouTube,...

 
marlon-wayans

Marlon Wayans Getting ‘Naked’ for Netflix with Regina Hall

 
huffpost-ryot-aol

HuffPost RYOT Launching Virtual Reality Comedy Series and News...

 
youtube-vote-irl

YouTube Launches #voteIRL Campaign Targeting Digital-First Generation

 
tyler-oakley-camp17

How Top YouTubers (incl. Tyler Oakley & Meghan Rienks)...

 
charlie-sheen-anger-management

Charlie Sheen to Star in Crackle Feature ‘Mad Families’

 
filmbuff_videoink_300x250

Gunpowder & Sky Buys Distributor FilmBuff As Vision for...

 
toy-freaks-youtube

Toy Freaks Top Viewed YouTube Channel in August According to...

 
jeffrey-tambor-transparent-amazon

Emmy Wrap-Up 2016: Jeffrey Tambor (‘Transparent’)...

 
Twitter

Twitter Scores 2.1 Million Viewers for Thursday Night Footall Kickoff

 
youtube-sad-face-error

Vloggers Not Unique Snowflakes: 90 Million Flag YouTube Videos...

 
Mode Media

‘Billion Dollar Startup’ Mode Media Shuts Down

 
raised-firsts-branded-tv

Who Is Winning The Marketing Revolution And Why?

 
shes-gotta-have-it

Netflix Orders ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Series...

 
swedish-dicks-peter-stormare-keanue-reeves-viaplay

What Is ‘Swedish Dicks’ and Who Is Selling It?

 
seamlessly-she-monica-potter-aol-partner-studio-gmc-acadia

How GMC is Using the AOL Series ‘Seamlessly She’...

 
Netflix_new

Liberty Global to Put Netflix on Set-Top Boxes in 30 Countries

 
vincent-cacace-vertebrae

Getting to the Spine of VR’s Monetization Challenges with...

 
meredith_brandfront_videoink_300x250

Meredith Hosted Its Own “Front” Stacked with 20 New Series

 
complex-networks-hearst-verizon

Verizon and Hearst Move RatedRed.com and Seriously.TV Under...

 
Twitter

Twitter Launches Live Streaming Apps for Amazon Fire, Apple TV...

 
YouTube Community

YouTube Fights Back Against Social Media Rivals with Community Feature

 
Casual Hulu

Vimeo Opening Television Store with Lionsgate Content, Launching...

 
A Perfect Day in LA Tastemade Jaunt VR Virtual Reality

From Donuts to Malibu, Tastemade and Jaunt Get Immersive in...

 
Defy Media

Defy Media Close $70 Million Series B Funding Round

 
YouTube Space LA Halloween Set 2016

YouTube Spaces Team with Jason Blum (‘The Purge’)...

 
Yahoo Esports

‘Yahoo Esports Live’ Serves Up Reeses Puffs with...

 
univision

Univision and Lionsgate Team for SVOD Movie Service for U.S. Hispanics

 
People Entertainment Weekly PEN

People/Entertainment Weekly Ad-Supported OTT Service Preps for Launch

 
George_Kliavkoff Jaunt VR

Jaunt VR Hires Hearst Exec George Kliavkoff as CEO

 
Making a Murderer Netflix

‘Making a Murderer’ Scores for Netflix at Creative...

 
Future Man Hulu Josh Hutcherson

Hulu Orders ‘Future Man’ Series Starring Josh...

 
Heirloom Paten Hughes Tom Wopat Vimeo

How an Actress’ Real-Life Tomato Farm Inspired the New...

 
Robert Redford and Jane Fonda Electric Horseman

Netflix Rolls Camera on Robert Redford & Jane Fonda...

 
AmazonBox

Amazon Greenlights Docu-Series on Tennis Star Novak Djokovic

 
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler 2-4-15

It’s Apps or Else: FCC Chairman Wheeler Clarifies Rule...