As media news stories go, licensing renewal battles between pay-TV operators and programmers always produce provocative quotes. But it can be difficult to parse out the truth of who is really being unreasonable in carriage negotiations. Get the backstory on five of 2015's biggest upcoming retransmission deals before the blackouts start.
Who are the fresh-faced young go-getters who are leading, more behind the scenes at this point, the innovation needed to transform the industry for the digital era? Who are the rising executive stars of the TV video business? FierceCable profiles five leaders who are taking their companies to the next level.
How did pay-TV distributors including cable MSOs, IPTV operators and satellite providers, as well as relevant programmers and technology companies perform in 2014's fourth quarter? In this earnings summary, we list results for the biggest cable industry players.
I can't say I'm not intrigued by the possibility--seemingly real this time--that Apple will launch a streaming pay-TV service. But at the end of the day, will it really matter to me if I'm seeing it via a groundbreaking $40-a-month OTT service, or the TV Everywhere component of a stripped down $40-a-month traditional cable package?
Former Hewlett-Packard CTO Phil McKinney was hired as president and CEO of the research consortium CableLabs 28 months ago to pick up the pace of innovation in the cable industry. A self-described "innovation guy," McKinney came in with a mandate from cable CEOs to accelerate product cycles across DOCSIS, Wi-Fi, set-tops, 4K and other industry initiatives. FierceCable caught up with McKinney in Las Vegas and discussed the broad topic of cable industry innovation.
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ATLANTA--AT&T will be in a much better position to renegotiate content licensing deals with content owners once it closes its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV, according to AT&T executive Ralph de la Vega. AT&T's goal is make it much easier for consumers to get TV content on their smartphones and tablets without having to worry about whether or not they will be able to do so because of content rights, he said.
Responding to the latest back-and-forth from a coalition opposing its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, Comcast shot back at the assertion that it rejected an opportunity to have NBCUniversal participate in Apple's upcoming over-the-top pay-TV service.
The emergence of a new patent pool for HEVC compression technology threatens to slow the deployment of 4K/Ultra HD services within the pay-TV industry and beyond. On Thursday, a new group called HEVC Advance announced that it will begin licensing patents for high efficiency video encoding technology (aka "HEVC" or "H.265").
While usage of authenticated multiscreen services from pay-TV providers has increased markedly over the last two years, only 12.5 percent of cable, satellite and IPTV customers regularly use TV Everywhere services. This is the conclusion put forth by Adobe in its U.S. Digital Video 2014 Inaugural Report.
Telcos AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink have owned the wholesale special access market for decades. But cable operators have emerged to shake up this moribund market, giving competitive local exchange operators a bit of choice in their ability to connect their multi-site business customers in rural areas.
Suwanee, Ga.-based Arris announced that attorney Patrick Macken, who has been providing Arris legal services for 10 years from a large leather chair at Troutman Sanders LLP, will be brought in-house as senior VP and general counsel.
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ATLANTA--AT&T Mobility CEO Glenn Lurie said that he would not be all that concerned if Sprint and T-Mobile US were to merge and form a larger-scaled competitor.