FierceCable covers the earnings reports and analyst calls for major pay TV distributors, tech vendors and programmers. With Verizon and AT&T already reporting significant subscriber growth for their respective FiOS and U-verse products, what will net subscriber growth look like for cable and satellite TV providers?
Time Warner Cable's TWC TV app may not be as slick as Contour, the iPad app Cox Communications unveiled in August. But with TWC TV available on more devices than the apps from any multichannel provider, it tops FierceCable's list of the top 10 pay TV provider apps.
Top cable lobbyist Michael Powell is the third-highest-paid association chief, trailing CEOs of groups representing the wireless and consumer electronics industries, according to a FierceCable review of tax returns filed by non-profit cable and telecom organizations.
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A top executive at encoding technology vendor Elemental Technologies said he expects several broadcasters to deliver 4K Ultra HD programming from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and that multiple providers worldwide will launch 4K programming tiers in the second half of 2014.
Comcast said that it is demonstrating new telehealth and video conferencing products today at an event at its Silicon Valley Innovation Center in Sunnyvale, Calif.
NimbleTV said Tuesday that it launched a cloud TV service in the New York area that allows subscribers from Cablevision, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and RCN to access live programming from their pay TV providers on mobile and IP-connected devices for fees that begin at $3.99 monthly.
Rural telco Frontier Communications said Tuesday that it is targeting Comcast subscribers with its Frontier Secure online security and backup service after it said Comcast pulled the plug on its own backup service.
In today's spotlight, FierceTelecom interviews Bas Burger, president of communications IT provider BT Global Services U.S. & Canada.
Philippe Dauman, Viacom's CEO, said Monday that he expects that a virtual pay TV distributor could launch next year. "I think there's a very strong chance of that," Dauman said at the end of the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York, when asked if 2014 would be the year that a virtual MVPD would finally debut.
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According to the third annual Global Consumer Survey from the Mobile Enterprise Forum, the industry witnessed its first decrease in purchase volumes of digital content, from 54 percent of mobile media users in 2012 to 42 percent in 2013. The MEF surveyed more than 10,000 users across 13 countries as part of its research.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse acknowledged that the carrier is still working through its Network Vision network upgrade, and that as it replaces equipment to improve its network, customers will see degradations in service and Sprint will see higher churn as a result. However, he said that Sprint's tri-mode LTE service, dubbed "Sprint Spark," which is just getting underway, will provide the kind of speed differentiation that will set Sprint apart.