For more than a decade, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications and other major MSOs have focused the bulk of their marketing efforts on selling triple-plays of subscription video, Internet and phone service to subscribers for about $90 monthly. But with demand for high-speed service outpacing sales of the industry's core pay TV product, more cable MSOs are beginning to tout broadband only options.
Anthony Wood founded Saratoga, Calif.-based Roku in 2002 and has since helped the company bring Roku set-tops into 5 million homes. He formerly served as VP of Internet TV at Netflix, where he invented what is now known as the Roku streaming player. Wood is also the founder of ReplayTV, which was sold to DirecTV in December 2007. He spoke to FierceCable editor Mariko Hewer about the TV Everywhere trend, content streaming from the cloud and partnering with cable operators.
Comcast saw a backlash from both TV critics and subscribers in 2009, when its first TV Everywhere service, Fancast Xfinity Online, debuted. The service forced customers to install an application on their computers called Comcast Access before they could watch full-length episodes of programs. How far have authentication services come since then?
While clashes between programmers, cable operators and satellite TV providers have increased in recent years, content owners and distributors have been waging battles for decades. In this special report, FierceCable counts down some of the most memorable programming disputes.
Major cable operators will face a challenge topping the numbers they posted this time last year, when Cablevision and Charter Communications reported gains in basic video subscribers. Look for cable MSOs to continue to report growth in high-speed Internet subscribers and increased spending on marketing, network infrastructure and customer premise equipment.
Comcast plans to kick off a promotion on Friday in which it will offer free Wi-Fi service in New Jersey, California, Philadelphia and the greater Boston area, spokeswoman Jamila Patton told FierceCable.
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In response to the deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma, Cox Communications said Wednesday that it has reached agreements with programming suppliers which will allow it to stream dozens of networks to subscribers using mobile devices.
Time Warner Cable said Wednesday that it promoted 26-year industry veteran Deborah Picciolo to SVP of technical operations for its residential business.
Video encoding vendor Elemental Technologies struck a deal with Oregon telco Canby Telecom which will allow it to offer subscribers the ability to stream local TV channels to high-speed Internet subscribers with Roku set-tops.
Wireless infrastructure provider Goodman Networks is expanding into the pay TV business, striking a deal to buy DirecTV installer Multiband Corp. for $116 million in cash.
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Microsoft said it'll make interactive TV a core focus of the new Xbox One gaming console that it will begin selling later this year.
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