From DAI to programmatic: Why advanced advertising is giving pay-TV operators a reason to stay in the video biz
In television's most disrupted hour, pay-TV operators are in a prime position to not only control the broadband infrastructure that will transport the video of the future, but also to facilitate the advanced advertising schemes that will support it.
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.
How did pay-TV distributors including cable MSOs, IPTV operators and satellite providers, as well as relevant programmers and technology companies, perform in 2015's fourth quarter? In this earnings summary, we list results for the biggest cable industry players.
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Charter Communications beat merger opposition group Stop Mega Cable to the social-media punch, seizing its would-be Twitter handle and posting pro-deal messaging from it.
By announcing Atlanta, Nashville, Chicago, Detroit and Miami as its initial rollout destinations for DOCSIS 3.1-powered gigabit-speed broadband services, Comcast seems to be very clearly calling out AT&T.
The 25 pay-TV operators who integrate Netflix into the user experience they offer their video customers get more benefit than harm out of the partnership. So says research firm IHS in a newly published report called Netflix on Pay TV: A Marriage of Convenience.
Despite what have been largely positive quarterly earnings reports, the major programming conglomerates have had their worst week on Wall Street since last August, when Disney's confirmation of ESPN subscriber losses sent investors into a cord-cutting panic.
Looking to better compete in an SVOD business that is increasingly commercial-free, CBS Corp. Executive Chairman Les Moonves told investors that his company is pondering the launch of an ad-free version of CBS All Access.
Turning the current debate over proposed FCC set-top reform into rhetorical jujitsu, newly formed cable lobby the Future of TV Coalition claims to have an unlikely ally: the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).
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Internet giant and Android creator Google said it will not bid for 600 MHz spectrum licenses in the FCC's upcoming incentive auction of TV broadcasters' spectrum. Google will join Sprint, Charter Communications and other tech heavyweights in sitting out the event.
Sonic.Net, a California-based Internet service provider, has partnered with satellite pay-TV operators Dish Network and DirecTV to offer a discounted broadband service.