The year 2014 may be remembered as one of the most transformational in the history of the cable business. While the sustained growth of video services has begun to give way to over-the-top distribution, a massive opportunity with unknown dimensions has quietly emerged.
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 third quarter? In this earnings summary, we list results for the biggest cable industry players.
Programmers are suddenly willing to play ball with OTT insurgents and are conceding to pared-down bundles targeted to millennials. But is their desperation a good thing?
As he aggressively dragged a program licensing dispute into Dish Network's third-quarter earnings report Tuesday, I had to chuckle a bit at this particular Charlie Ergen barb: Choosing to permanently ditch Turner Networks' channels, he said it "would be a little bit tougher if their original programming was a success like AMC."
As a provider of multiscreen video software solutions Envivio works with a lot of different companies in the pay-TV ecosystem. The company, which was founded in 2000, got its start in video encoding and now touches on many different aspects of the video experience including compression technology. Headquartered in San Francisco, the company has offices around the world. FierceCable Editor in Chief Sue Marek recently sat down with Envivio CEO Julien Signes at the company's newly opened office in Denver. Here's an excerpt of their interview.
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Speaking in Los Angeles Thursday, HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler staunchly resisted claims that his company's soon-to-launch, a la carte, over-the-top programming service would "cannibalize" HBO's existing premium cable business.
Dish Network and Turner Broadcasting announced an end to a bitter carriage standoff that saw CNN disappear from the satellite operator's program guide for a month, and also threatened to pull TNT and TBS from the service.
Raging against the dying of the light for nearly five months following its devastating setback in the U.S. Supreme Court, streaming service Aereo announced Friday that it will liquidate its assets through Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The Senate has unanimously approved a House bill that enables satellite-based pay-TV operators to pipe in broadcast signals from distant network stations to rural areas that lack a network affiliate.
After just six days, the FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction has exceeded even the most wildly optimistic analyst forceast, raising $24 billion in winning bids. And while there are indicators that the white-hot bidding is begining to finally slow just a bit, some believe the AWS-3 could last up to five more weeks. FierceWireless executive editor Mike Dano has a complete breakdown right here.
CBS gives 'short term extension' to Dish; satellite operator now in showdown with Comcast Sports, too
With its carriage deal with Dish Network expiring Thursday, Nov. 20, CBS Corp. has agreed keep its channels on the satellite operator's program guide until Nov. 25.
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During its November open meeting on Friday, the FCC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) related to the proposed transition large service providers are making from traditional TDM to IP, with an eye on consumers and small businesses that rely on services that may not be supported following a transition.
The vendor supplying up to 10,000 802.11ac access points for New York City's LinkNYC is Ruckus Wireless, the same company that is supplying Wi-Fi gear for cities like San Francisco and San Jose, Calif., albeit on a much smaller scale, sources close to the matter say.