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 once fast-growing pay-TV set-top market is changing fast. And for set-top manufacturers, it's not for the better, as the forces of operator consolidation and pay-TV market maturity, as well as the emergence of cloud-based video distribution systems, begin to take their toll.
The dynamics of cable carriage and broadcast retransmission negotiations differ. But in blacking out its 129 broadcast affiliate stations on the program guides of around 5 million Dish Network customers this week, Sinclair might have been thinking it found a late-summer scheduling sweet spot to dig its heels in -- not yet pre-empting into any serious viewing events, but cutting it close enough to get Dish's attention.
TV in all forms has primarily been marketed as a one-size-fits-all quasi-utility. In other words, MVPDs never developed luxury offerings, offering basically the same services to households across the income spectrum. This approach served the industry well for decades as a rising tide of subscriber and ARPU growth lifted all boats. Unfortunately, those days are over.
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Could former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer really take local video coverage of his newly acquired NBA team over-the-top? After a New York Post report surfaced last week that Ballmer is considering doing just that with his Los Angeles Clippers, SNL Kagan kicked the tires on the prospect of an owner familiar with online video tech going OTT -- and found it, well, plausible.
Variety briefly uncovered an online demo of Comcast's new online video platform titled, tentatively at least, "Watchable."
As expected, the FCC's five commissioners voted unanimously to review rules governing retransmission consent negotiations between pay-TV operators and broadcasters.
Verizon has significantly expanded the availability of live-streaming NFL games on its mobile network, enabling customers of all of its legacy and current wireless plans to see the videos at no extra charge.
Silicon Valley-based big data company Guavus has announced the latest version of its Pipeline data mediation tool for the cable industry.
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According to a report from Re/code citing unnamed sources, Qualcomm has put its augmented reality business, Vuforia, up for sale. The reported move comes just a few months after the company agreed to cut $1.4 billion in costs, slash up to 15 percent of its workforce, change some of its corporate practices and review whether to split up its chipset and licensing units.
Elemental Technologies, a software developer that enables media and entertainment companies to format their video content for over-the-top distribution, has been acquired by Amazon Web Services for an undisclosed amount.