Let's take a step back in time, when pay-TV was on the rise and the idea of streaming a video over a dial-up modem was a laughable proposition. This chart depicts the major acquisitions and mergers consummated by today's top five cable operators during the past 10 years.
Comcast X1 at 3 years: Painfully slow rollout belies platform's potential to keep cable in the video business
Matthew Strauss describes the creation of company's X1 platform as a "big moment" for Comcast. He said the X1 takes "all the learnings we had from mobile and all the learnings we had from on-demand, and brings it back to the television."
Top 9 cable, satellite and telco pay-TV operators in Q2: Ranking Comcast to TWC to Charter to Cablevision
Now that the historic second-quarter earnings season is over, it's time to sift through the rubble. FierceCable has assembled a complete look at the second-quarter earnings season.
The pay-TV industry continues to struggle to shed its legacy, outdated technologies and strategies while at the same time reacting to a wide range of competitive challenges like Google Fiber and Apple TV -- and nowhere is the industry's challenges more evident than in the race toward cloud DVRs. The problems dogging the rollout of cloud DVRs highlight the extensive challenges that are unique to the pay-TV industry.
Altice bites into the Big Apple: If it can make it there, it — and the cable biz — can make it anywhere
Altice is promising to take an operator notoriously locked in an intense battle with a telco service, Verizon FiOS, in the majority of its footprint, and make it more profitable than cable companies with gobs more scale. For a U.S. cable industry trying to prove to investors it has a future, that strategy could change everything if it is successful.
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Cable operators are turning to software-defined networking and network functions virtualization to virtualize more parts of their networks, a trend that will be on display during this year's SCTE event in New Orleans. I'll be hosting a FierceTelecom and FierceCable breakfast panel during the event.
The more than 600,000 pay-TV customers lost in the second quarter does not represent a "cord-cutting inflection point," but rather the confluence of strategic decisions made by individual operators, said Evercore ISI analyst Vijay Jayant.
With the icebergs of over-the-top distribution floating all around the broader pay-TV business, the resurgent ad war between satellite and cable is a little bit like having an argument...while seated in the deck chairs of the Titanic.
In an aggressive move sure to roil the streaming device market, Amazon has instructed its sellers to cease the peddling of Apple TV and Google Chromecast streaming devices.
A 10-month stay has been lifted in 21st Century Fox's court battle with Dish Network over the AutoHop DVR feature, after the two sides failed to come to terms on a new retransmission licensing deal for the Fox Broadcasting Network.
Cablevision and Verizon have settled litigation over an advertising war in which each operator disparaged the other's Internet speed offerings.
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