Chicago played host to the NCTA's newly revamped annual tradeshow, INTX, the Internet & Television Expo, from May 5-7, 2015. FierceCable was on hand covering the keynotes, events and panels as they happened at this cornerstone cable show.
The wheel of fortune continues to spin in the cable operator consolidation game, and that could impact cable operators' Wi-Fi services. What strategies are operators like Charter, Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Cox Communications employing to build their Wi-Fi castles?
The long-awaited conclusion of the just-scuttled $45.2 billion merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable was always going to have a major impact on the U.S. pay-TV business. But no one is sure exactly what that impact will be. Here are a few possibilities to watch for.
As it was for the music industry before them, pay-TV providers may find that revamping their business models to ensure future revenue growth is problematic. What are operators learning as they dip their toes into the OTT waters?
I was sitting with a Suddenlink executive in the press room at INTX in Chicago two weeks back. I had just covered the "Captains o' Cable Industry" keynote, during which Cablevision's James Dolan notoriously proposed corporate marriage to Time Warner Cable's Rob Marcus right on stage as Charter's Tom Rutledge and several other CEOs looked on in horror.
Describing Canoe's upward trajectory, Chris Pizzurro, head of product sales and marketing for the joint venture, breaks out the old hockey-stick metaphor. For anyone who has been closely following the trajectory of Canoe's puck, this is a bit of a surprise. FierceCable's Daniel Frankel chats with Pizzurro about Canoe's VOD DAI aspirations.
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TWC's Marcus set to pocket $85M with analysts predicting smoother regulatory sailing for Charter deal
Forced to lick his financial wounds after the collapse of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal with a relatively pedestrian 2014 salary of just $34.6 million, TWC CEO Rob Marcus can once again sleep soundly, knowing that his retirement savings plan is back on sound footing.
The amount of total broadband traffic is set to further skyrocket over the next four years, Cisco says, with new, denser technologies such as 4K/Ultra HD pushing video usage to account for fully 80 percent of all traffic by 2019. FierceOnlineVideo has a report on Cisco's brow-raising revelations right here.
Comcast notifies Atlanta customers of rate hike, says it's just part of earlier announced price increases
Comcast has issued a memo to customers in the Atlanta area, warning them about rate increases set to take effect July 1.
TiVo, which is now the leader in the market for cord-cutting DVRs, continues to play both sides of the disruptor fence, announcing the addition of 285,000 new subscribers in the first quarter of fiscal 2016, most of them coming from MSO relationships.
Viacom has secured an important long-term carriage agreement with a mid-sized cable operator, announcing a pact with New York-based Mediacom Communications Wednesday.
Just hours after his company announced its $56.7 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, Tom Rutledge, Charter Communications' president and CEO promised to end the impasse that has paralyzed TWC's SportsNet LA regional sports network.
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We found that a major American city reaches "Super Bowl" levels of data traffic between 2 and 3 years after its benchmark sporting event. New York City has recently reached 2013 Super Bowl levels of traffic density in its hotspots. We can expect San Francisco to reach the level of the 2015 Super Bowl in about 2017.
Over the past couple of weeks, we've witnessed two deals in the ever-consolidating communications and media industries: Verizon-AOL, and Charter acquiring TWC and Bright House Networks. The broadband business now looks like the wireless business, with Comcast and Charter owning some 60 percent of the market and four (rather than two) players splitting most of the remaining 40 percent. I think this is a good opportunity to take a closer look at Verizon, and what might be next for the company.