As media news stories go, licensing renewal battles between pay-TV operators and programmers always produce provocative quotes. But it can be difficult to parse out the truth of who is really being unreasonable in carriage negotiations. Get the backstory on five of 2015's biggest upcoming retransmission deals before the blackouts start.
Who are the fresh-faced young go-getters who are leading, more behind the scenes at this point, the innovation needed to transform the industry for the digital era? Who are the rising executive stars of the TV video business? FierceCable profiles five leaders who are taking their companies to the next level.
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 fourth quarter? In this earnings summary, we list results for the biggest cable industry players.
I put my conspiracy theory guy pants on this morning as I emailed a couple of media analysts with a half-baked theory whose time has come: In hoisting a controversial new bundling strategy that has irked its programming partners, Verizon is really working to build leverage to negotiate content rights for its upcoming wireless OTT service.
FierceCable caught up with Michael Powell, NCTA president & CEO at his Washington, D.C., office on a typically active day. The cable industry organization had just filed a lawsuit against the FCC around the commission's just-passed net neutrality rules, and the U.S. Department of Justice was reportedly about to nix the merger of Powell's biggest constituents, Comcast and Time Warner Cable. FierceCable chatted with the former Republican FCC chairman ahead of the org's upcoming INTX show.
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Time Warner Cable is open to discussing a possible merger with Charter Communications, according to a Reuters report citing unnamed sources.
Dish Network is joining forces with T-Mobile, Sprint, C Spire Wireless and a group of policy and public interest groups on a new alliance created to pressure the FCC as it creates rules for the 600 MHz incentive aucitons.
ESPN is suing Verizon over the pay-TV company's new network bundling product, "Custom HD." In a suit filed Monday in New York Supreme Court, the Disney-owned channel says it's seeking to stop Verizon from "unfairly depriving" it of "the benefits of its bargain."
Comcast was lucky to get out of an antiquated deal that was proposed before landmark events such as the launches of Sling TV and HBO Now fundamentally changed the pay-TV game.
The regulatory rejection of Comcast's $45.2 billion plan to merge with Time Warner Cable represents a huge, stunning defeat for the conglomerates' legion of lobbyists and corporate lawyers.
Key among the collateral impact of the scuttled merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable last week was the simultaneous collapse of GreatLand Communications, a new cable company that was set to be formed as an adjacent part of the megadeal.
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When I talk with people about DAS and small cells, I hear the same old story: DAS is too expensive. DAS is dead. Let's check that old 8-track tape that people are playing, because it's getting out of date. First of all, let's look at the breakdown of costs in a Distributed Antenna System.
Apple reported iPhones sales of 61.2 million in its most recent quarter, well above the 58 million iPhones that analysts had been expecting on average. The company also posted increases in its revenues and profits.