Top 9 cable, satellite and telco pay-TV operators in Q3: Ranking Comcast to TWC to Charter to Cablevision
Now that the third-quarter earnings season is over, it's time to sift through the rubble. Here is a complete look at the third-quarter earnings season, ranking the top cable, satellite and telco pay-TV operators and offering a look at their performance in a number of key metrics, including subscriber growth and average revenues per user (ARPU).
After back-to-back product introductions at the beginning of this year by DirecTV, Comcast and Dish Network, it looked as though pay-TV was going to embrace 4K/UltraHD in a pretty significant way in 2015. But save for a few sporadic announcements about 4K-enabling satellite launches, there has been little if any actual movement in the pay-TV industry on the UltraHD topic since January.
Federal regulators have worked for decades to come up with ways to remove the cable industry's lock on the set-top box. The goal, they argue, is to give customers the option to purchase whatever set-top they want. But as those in the cable industry explain, the issue is far more complicated than it initially appears.
From Comcast to Arris: Winners and losers in the cable industry's move to DOCSIS 3.1 and 1 Gbps speeds
CableLabs makes no secret of why it started work on DOCSIS 3.1: "Gigabit speeds were something very important" to the cable industry, explained Wayne Surdam, CableLabs' vice president of communications. Indeed, DOCSIS 3.1 is the cable industry's answer to a range of competitive threats and market trends.
Those of us in the over-the-top video delivery space have had an interesting seven days. Not only did we learn that the three biggest cable companies are all testing streaming video services, but the operator of a major broadcast network also said it will offer an anticipated new show exclusively on its SVOD platform. Meanwhile, a number of major media conglomerates are signaling their pullback from Netflix. Indeed, a lot of OTT stuff has happened lately.
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The U.S. Justice Department is looking into whether Comcast is wielding too much influence in the $5 billion "spot" cable advertising market. Comcast spokeswoman Sena Fitzmaurice told FierceCable today that her company will fully cooperate with the DOJ inquiry, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
Verizon is releasing an upgraded mobile app that enables streaming of all DVR content outside the home, reports media tech blogger David Zatz.
A steep drop in subscribers over the last two years has resulted in a $900 million annual hit to ESPN's bottom line. That's the conclusion of hedge fund manager Eric Jackson, who used his "Tech and Media" newsletter to showcase some pretty compelling data from 10-K filings to the Security Exchange Commission rendered by ESPN's parent company, Walt Disney.
In a ruling that could open the door to other copyright infringement suits against cable operators and other ISPs, a federal judge in Alexandria, Va., has sided with music companies in a suit against Cox Communications.
Do a Google search with the basic term "pay-TV installer," and you'll get a veritable rap sheet of recent crime reports by pay-TV customers involving installation contractors.
TiVo said it added 418,000 subscriptions through cable operators in the third quarter, its best third-quarter performance in that area ever.
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As Frontier gets more comfortable with deploying 1 Gbps services in markets like Durham, N.C., rumors have emerged that Connecticut could be the next target for its fiber-based broadband service.
AT&T has joined the growing chorus of ILECs that say requiring them to give wholesale customers a year-plus notice before they discontinue service will delay the IP transition.