As anyone involved in the launch of HD a decade ago can tell you, getting a new resolution standard into the consumer mainstream isn't easy. And once again, we are embarking on an epic resolution upgrade quest, with the industry in the early stages of adopting 4K/Ultra HD. As consumed as we are with mega-mergers and OTT disruption, we all have to wrap our heads around 4K, because it's really happening.
It is now imperative for pay-TV operators to offer their customers slick user interfaces that intuitively help them search and surface programming among a vast selection of content choices that is becoming increasingly atomized.
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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."
Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communicopia Conference in New York on Sept. 10, CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves made it very clear. "We the networks should not be penalized because you the station do not negotiate retrans properly," he said.
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?
According to the story circulating around the cable industry, top Viacom executives were shocked--shocked!--when they called their Suddenlink counterparts at the eleventh hour on Sept. 30 and told them they were finally ready to talk turkey about a new carriage deal.
Normally when the captains of media industry announce new products, it's kind of nice when they seem excited. But that's not what's happening at the major programming conglomerates, as they reluctantly plunge forward with over-the-top distribution.
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