Charter Communications announced it plans to purchase Bright House Networks for $10.4 billion. The deal, which had been rumored in reports earlier this month, would combine the nation's sixth and fourth largest cable operators into a company that Charter said would be the second-largest cable operator in the United States.
Comcast will invest $4 billion in a new strategic investment spinoff, with Michael Angelakis stepping down from his CFO position to run it. Angelakis will invest $40 million of his personal wealth into the new venture.
He drives a Jeep, and by all accounts, he's an outdoorsman. But don't be fooled by the aggressive energy-savings initiative Mark Dzuban is spearheading. Energy 2020, a wide-reaching cable-industry push to reduce electrical power consumption by at least 25 percent by the year 2020, is as much about hard economic reality for the cable business as it is about tree-hugging. What's at stake? By Dzuban's estimates, more than $1 billion.
Looking for ways to spark consumer interest in 4K/Ultra HD, the consumer electronics and pay-TV industries seem to have an ally in YouTube, which has debuted its latest experimental videos: Not only are they in 4K, but they run at 60 frames per second.
The Madison Square Garden Company confirmed that it will split its regional sports networks from pro sports teams the New York Knicks and Rangers.
Users of Dish Network's new over-the-top service are receiving surprising restricted access messages while trying to view select programs from A+E Networks channels.
CenturyLink is bringing its IPTV service to Denver. The local city council has approved a 10-year video franchise agreement to bring the telco's Prism service to its residents.
Could pay-TV's most truculent carriage impasse finally break open by Major League Baseball's Opening Day? TWC is reportedly "actively pursuing" a deal to expand coverage of its Dodgers channel, SportsNet LA.
Sony has announced a major programming acquisition for PlayStation Vue, adding AMC Channels to its new over-the-top pay-TV service. The network will be added to Vue's basic $50-a-month bundle just in time for the sure-to-be-highly-rated season-five finale of original series The Walking Dead, as well as the final season of Mad Men. WEtv will also be added to the basic channel lineup.
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.
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.
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.
As operators in the U.S. prepare to hoist the next big video resolution standard, 4K/Ultra HD, new data from ABI Research suggests that less than half of global pay-TV customers have good ol'-fashioned high-definition displays in their homes.
High-profile media analyst Craig Moffett doesn't believe Sling TV, Sony's PlayStation Vue or Apple's upcoming pay-TV service will be revolutionary enough have a profound impact on the indigenous cable, satellite and IPTV industry.
With both T-Mobile US and Verizon moving forward with plans to commercially launch LTE in unlicensed spectrum bands, it seems only fitting that the cellular and Wi-Fi industries take the opportunity to collaborate and work closer together.
Clinging to its position as television's dominant audience ratings provider, Nielsen said it will begin offering it customer data on Netflix and Amazon Prime SVOD audience usage sometime in the middle of this year.
Comcast is getting close to the official debut of its voice-activated remote control, the XR11, and is already making it available to customers for early trials.