Fierce editors were on site at the RAI Amsterdam for IBC 2014, Sept. 11-16. Check this page for continuing insights from the show.
More than five years after its introduction, U.S. pay TV's complex multiscreen initiative, TV Everywhere, remains a work in progress. Despite record streaming audiences for the World Cup on ESPN and Univision, the industry is struggling in areas like authentication, audience measurement, and consumer awareness. FierceCable explores four key issues keeping TV from being truly everywhere.
How did pay-TV distributors including cable MSOs, IPTV operators and satellite providers, as well as relevant programmers and technology companies perform in 2014's second quarter? In this earnings summary, we list results for the biggest cable industry players.
Tech startups are stridently warned these days not to become too dependent on giant online platforms such as Google and Facebook. Your page or video views might be sky high right now, but if your business model can be undone with the mere tweak of an algorithm, you don't really have much of a business.
Just as you can tell a lot about the state of the overall economy by the perspective of its middle class, so it stands to reason that the status of the pay-TV industry can be nicely summarized by a mid-sized cable company operating out of the Heartland. For that insight, we talked to the outspoken Thomas Larsen, group VP of legal and public affairs for Mediacom.
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The City of Baltimore expanded broadband service choices for local residents and businesses and has hired a consulting firm to, among other things, explore ways through and around a franchise agreement signed with Comcast that runs through 2016.
Speaking from London in the friendly interview confines of Fox Business, 21st Century Fox's chief executive, Rupert Murdoch, offered some insight Thursday as to why he abandoned his polarizing efforts to acquire Time Warner Inc. "I am also a bit bearish I guess," he told his interviewer and employee, Neil Cavuto. "I just felt with all the uncertainties in the world, I didn't want to be carrying that degree of debt."
With many of its most prolific producers looking for greener pastures at insurgent online-video platforms, YouTube has announced a multi-million-dollar initiative aimed at holding on to some of its biggest stars.
By having its subscribers pay an average of about $8 a month to rent their cable modems rather than buy them, Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) makes more in one quarter off modem rentals than it generated from the entire Sochi Winter Olympics.
In a positive sign for pay-TV programmers and operators trying to monetize video-on-demand, a study commissioned by A+E Networks found that disabled fast-forwarding on VOD viewing does not negatively affect the viewer experience.
Although pay-TV profit margins are up and leading all media and entertainment sectors, investment analyst Craig Moffett is advising clients to be wary of operator stock right now.
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