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.
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?
More than five years after its introduction, U.S. pay TV's complex multiscreen initiative, TV Everywhere, remains a work in progress. FierceCable explores four key issues keeping TV from being truly everywhere.
The lightning-quick emergence of cable's carrier-grade Wi-Fi business is well timed, given the ongoing degradation of the business that built the cable industry, video services. Analysts predict cable Wi-Fi will grow, in about three years time, to become the primary mobile network, ahead of cellular. But what will the economics of these networks look like?
Fresh off coverage of the 2014 baseball All Star game, with 36 mostly HD cameras and a sprinkling of 4K devices catching every smile on Mike Trout's face, Michael Davies, senior vice president of field and technical operations at FoxSports sat down with FierceCable's Contributing Editor Jim Barthold to talk about 4K's impact now and in the future of sports broadcasting.
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As expected, a federal judge has placed an injunction on Aereo's ability to stream the live broadcasts of major U.S. networks to IP devices. However, the court left open the possibility that Aereo could carry on, by delivering delayed broadcast feeds to subscribers as a kind of virtual DVR service.
Verizon may have continued to add more FiOS Internet and video customers in the third quarter, but those gains were lower than what it reported in the same period a year ago, illustrating that it is continuing to reach the upper limits of penetration in its existing 13-state region. FierceTelecom's Sean Buckley has an expansive look at the market dynamics Verizon now faces here.
Looking to bulk up as an independent cable programmer facing a wave of pay-TV consolidation, AMC Networks will pay $200 million to acquire a 49.9 percent share of BBC America.
The top three SVOD services, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, will collectively spend $6.8 billion to acquire already produced, non-original, "off-network" programming next year. That is 31 percent more than the $5.2 million they'll spend in 2014.
Few people think that Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable is in regulatory jeopardy. "But the market is worried," said high-profile media analyst Craig Moffett, citing the growing spread between the two companies' respective share prices--a metric that has swelled to over 8 percent, the highest it's been since the deal was first announced in February.
Giving specific size and scope to the advertising slowdown the TV business is currently experiencing, cable networks saw their collective upfront ad haul drop 6 percent over the summer to $9.6 billion, according to statistics released by the Cable Advertising Bureau.
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The dominance of Netflix's online streaming service came to light once again this week as the provider announced that it will be closing one of its call centers devoted to helping DVD customers, and either relocating or laying off 188 employees.
iOS developers now know what they'll be doing over the upcoming holiday season: making sure their current and future apps are able to support 64-bit computing based on a strict commandment from Apple.