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Suddenlink recently raised the eyebrows of cable tech heads when it announced plans to spend $250 million to deploy 1 Gbps downstream services to all of its 16-state footprint, with half of the deployment occurring before the end of 2016.
4K is the next-generation of high definition TV with four times the resolution of current HD screens. Unlike 3D, which failed to take off due to multiple technical hurdles, many expect 4K to blossom and become the next step in the high-definition migration path.
It's tough enough explaining the entrenched pay-TV carriage battle over SportsNet LA to adult trade readers. So I didn't really know what to tell my 8-year-old son, Reece, on Tuesday, Aug. 6, when his favorite player, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, suddenly appeared on our DirecTV program guide after the Dodgers had been blacked out on our pay-TV service since late-March.
More than 60 months after Time Warner, Inc. chief Jeff Bewkes and Comcast grand puba Brian Roberts first introduced the broad, sweeping industry-wide initiative known as TV Everywhere, this vital link to pay-TV's future remains a broken web of incomplete rights negotiations.
Time Warner Cable has finally stopped sending me direct-mail come-ons, with Comcast trying to buy the company and get the combined video subscriber girth into regulatory fighting shape (i.e. 30 million subscribers or less). But for several years, TWC spent--gosh, I don't know, hundreds--on postage and mailers alone, courting me to become a triple-play subscriber. This was after they had me locked up, but failed to close the deal out.
With broadcasters hemorrhaging ratings points and advertising dollars not only to cable but to the Internet, and cord cutting recently deemed by the tech press to be a "real thing," do these guys know what time it is?
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On Tuesday, executives from ABC Television, digital advertising delivery company FreeWheel and Verizon Media Services gathered on a Los Angeles TV-industry panel to discuss what was being lauded as the successful launch of the Watch ABC TV Everywhere app. What the panelists didn't discuss was the elephant in the room … the one they were about 15 hours away from dodging.
In the vote between the upstart digital company and the big corporate monoliths, the little disrupter wins every time. Netflix certainly understands this, as it looks for ways to turn public opinion about the rather nuanced, and highly complicated, net neutrality debate in its favor.