Windstream shook the telecom and financial community Tuesday when it announced that it's spinning off some of its network assets into an independent Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), then leasing them back to remove a layer of federal tax liability.
Apple's plan to release a major upgrade of its over-the-top device, Apple TV, has apparently hit a snag, with the Cupertino, Calif., technology giant stuck in an impasse on content rights.
DirecTV will be set up to deliver 4K VOD by the end of this year and will be ready to render live 4K video as soon as 2015, according to the company's president and CEO, Mike White.
CSG Systems International has announced a renewal of its contract with Comcast through July 2019, a deal that expands the billing and customer care provider's Comcast residential portfolio by approximately 2.3 million subscribers.
Arris Group reported second-quarter revenue of $1.43 billion, up 43 percent year over year, driven by an 8 percent volume rise over Q1 in video set-top/gateway sales and an 11 percent volume rise over the first quarter in sales of broadband devices.
DirecTV chairman and CEO Mike White said the satellite company has agreed on rates with ESPN/Disney on the soon-to-launch SEC Network regional sports channel, and is "optimistic" about coming to terms with the National Football League by the end of the year for a crucial renewal of the "NFL Sunday Ticket" package.
In a rare case of collaboration between communications-industry giants, Verizon Digital Media Services and Comcast subsidiary thePlatform have announced a strategic alliance to create an end-to-end IP video solution.
With the Supreme Court rendering an earlier legal affirmation of cloud-based DVR technology intact, Parks Associates has found that 45 percent of U.S. pay-TV subscribers are interested in such a service.
Partially driven by rabid World Cup TV consumption in its overseas point of strength, Latin America, DirecTV reported second-quarter earnings growth of 22 percent to $806 million, with revenue increasing 5 percent year-over-year to $8.1 billion and beating analysts' consensus forecast.
Time Warner Cable plans to speed up its deployment of Maxx, its all-digital DOCSIS 3.0-based high-speed data offering that delivers speeds of up to 300 Mbps. During its second quarter earnings call, CEO Rob Marcus said that the company will deploy Maxx in a number of markets including Austin, Texas; Dallas; Raleigh, N.C.; and San Diego. The company expects to reach 3 million customers with Maxx by year-end and cover 6 million customers by year-end 2015.
Charter Communications announced a narrowing second-quarter loss on a growing broadband subscriber base and reduced losses among TV video customers.
Aereo has pledged to fight on after its landmark Supreme Court defeat in late June, seeking to reclassify itself as a pay-TV operator and obtain a statutory license to retransmit broadcast TV signals. As for the company's primary investor, Barry Diller, it looks like he's done.
Windstream Communications sent its stock soaring when it revealed that it's spinning off its copper and fiber network assets into a tax-shielded real estate investment trust, then leasing them back.
Cablevision has named longtime cable industry executive Steve Simmons to its board of directors, expanding the panel to 18 members.
Crispin Odey, who manages the hedge fund that's the second biggest investor in Sky Deutschland, and who is also the former son-in-law of Fox chief Rupert Murdoch, has rejected a deal that would create the biggest pay-TV operator in Europe.
Under pressure to from investors to wring more revenue out of its crown jewel, Time Warner Inc. will use its upcoming affiliate licensing renewals for HBO to get a bigger cut of the premium channel's revenue from pay-TV operators.
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.
More than five years after its introduction, U.S. pay TV's complex multiscreen initiative, TV Everywhere, remains a work in progress. Despite record streaming audiences for the World Cup on ESPN and Univision, the industry is struggling in areas like authentication, audience measurement, and consumer awareness. FierceCable explores four key issues keeping TV from being truly everywhere.
That time in early June, when AT&T legislative affairs chief Jim Cicconi zinged Netflix for "double talk" in the net neutrality debate? Just part of the honeymoon, it appears.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has sent a letter to Time Warner Cable chief executive Rob Marcus, demanding he do something--soon--to end a carriage dispute that has blacked out Dodgers baseball games in 70 percent of the Los Angeles market this season.