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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A four-year-old discrimination complaint filed against Cablevision by programmer Game Show Network (GSN) is about to finally be ruled on by an administrative law judge.
Google is developing a successor to its open-source encoding standard VP9 in attempt to head off competing video compression technologies like HEVC/H.265.
MStar's Nagra-on-chip security integration enables pay-TV 4K services to play directly on Ultra HD TVs
Content security specialist Nagra and chipmaker MStar Semiconductor have announced a new partnership that allows pay-TV operators to integrate 4K services directly on connected Ultra HD TV sets without the need for a set-top.
In a move that signals yet another viewer-experience advantage for SVOD services, Hulu announced an $11.99-a-month commercial-free subscription option.
CBS Corp. will offer unauthenticated streaming access to two NFL regular season games this season, taking the pay-TV ecosystem's most expensive programming asset over the top.
Verizon's ad-supported mobile video service, reportedly dubbed go90, is set to launch "in the coming days," Bloomberg reported.
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