Charter used a blog post yesterday to address what it sees as recent confusion about its position on over-the-top (OTT) programming. “Our overriding principle is that consumers should be able to watch the content they want – wherever and whenever they want to watch it – including content offered OTT,” the post states.
In recent weeks, opponents of the potential buy of Time Warner Cable have been mischaracterizing comments made by Charter CEO Tom Rutledge about OTT programming, according to the post. That’s “in an effort to seek unnecessary concessions as the merger review process enters its final stages. As we get closer to completing this transaction, our competitors and those we negotiate with are increasingly making demands in an attempt to benefit their own finances,” the blog states.
Allegations that Charter doesn’t want programmers to make their content available OTT are false, according to Charter. “The truth is that Charter has believed for several years now that OTT programming is great for our business,” the operator says in the post.
The blog brings up a 2014 interview in which Charter CEO Tom Rutledge said: “I want over-the-top because it makes my broadband service valuable. I have a really good broadband product, and I can make it better with relatively easy capital investment, so the more people use it, the more value is [earned] by it.”
It also quotes Rutledge from last year when he noted, “we like over-the-top television because it makes our broadband product look better.”