FierceCable was on site at the National Association of Broadcasters' annual tradeshow in Las Vegas, covering the latest news on OTT distribution and technologies. Check this page to review all our coverage.
Comcast, which is pitching MSOs like Cox Communications the idea of licensing the X1 platform for their cable systems, sees an opportunity to use the Sochi games to demonstrate how X1 could benefit other distributors. Will its strategy draw in other operators or spur competition instead?
How did triple-play providers, programmers, online video providers and tech vendors perform in the fourth quarter of 2013? Check this FierceCable summary for frequent updates. In addition to analyzing year-end reports, we'll cover earnings conference calls, focusing on updates involving technology deployments, subscriber growth, and capital spending.
For nearly a decade, most pay TV distributors have deployed DVRs containing two tuners and a maximum of 250 GB of storage space. But with the rollout of their respective Hopper and Genie DVRs in 2012, Dish Network and DirecTV forced rival cable operators and telcos to invest in new gear.
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Dish Network hopes to be online and running with an Internet TV service as early as this summer, Bloomberg reports.
Online video has become a Wild West shootout with new media company gunslingers battling to sign programmers to long-term deals. The latest winner in the battle--although the war has just begun--is Amazon, which signed an exclusive multiyear online deal with HBO.
About a year after its launch, Fan TV has snared a big cable operator to push out its live TV and streaming content service--at least for the time being. Time Warner Cable said that it will launch Fan TV to its video subscribers starting in the second quarter of this year. As with all things TWC, however, that could be subject to change if and when Comcast acquires the nation's second biggest MSO for $45.2 billion.
Charter Communications is reportedly in line to get 1.5 million Comcast subscribers and a stake in a newly formed company that Comcast would spin off if it acquires Time Warner Cable.
Time Warner Cable announced plans to launch 300 Mbps service to customers in several New York City and Los Angeles communities where it has completed network upgrades.
AT&T continues to make inroads with U-verse. The company added 200,000 U-verse video subscribers in the first quarter of 2014 and noted that churn for the product is very low. In addition, AT&T touted the fact that U-verse is now a $14 billion annualized revenue stream for the company, growing at almost 30 percent year-over year.
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Dimension Data has purchased all of Nexus, an IT network integrator, a move that deepens its presence in the U.S. and broadens its services portfolio for high growth vertical segments like education, retail, hospitality and healthcare.
Maine Fiber Company (MFC), the owner and operator of Maine's "Three Ring Binder" middle mile network, announced that BerryDunn has completed its audit of its Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant.