Verizon Communications plans to increase the price of its FiOS Video service in the fourth quarter to offset the hike in content licensing fees that will go into effect Jan. 1, said a top executive today. Speaking to investors during Verizon's third quarter earnings call, company EVP and CFO Fran Shammo said that the FiOS Video price hike is something the company did in fourth quarter 2013 and it will do again in 2014.
Continuing its latest blitz to monetize its 552-episode large, 25-years-old classic animated series, The Simpsons, Fox's FX Networks will launch on Tuesday a comprehensive online platform dedicated to all things Springfield.
Duck season. Rabbit season. No--earnings season. Leaders of the top cable, satellite and IPTV operators will be forced in the coming weeks to get on the phone with their investors and analysts and spill some beans. Who is losing gobs of subscribers? Who is watching program costs shred their bottom lines? It is all summarized in FierceCable's running third-quarter earnings report diary, which can be found here.
Rentrak has secured a new patent on a set-top box technology that lets the device know when a TV set is turned on and off.
The head of the Senate Judiciary Committee has asked Comcast to permanently ban Internet fast lanes, putting further pressure on the conglomerate as it tries to get its increasingly controversial purchase of Time Warner Cable through regulatory processes.
A federal judge has issued a key tentative decision in favor of Dish Network in its court battle with Fox, ruling that the pay-TV operator's "Primetime Anytime" DVR feature does not infringe on the programmer's copyright.
HBO's new streaming service will be priced at around $15 per month, an uncompetitive $6 higher than Netflix's most common $8.99 plan. This is according to a Monday report in The Information, which cites an unnamed source said to be familiar with the HBO service's development.
How did pay-TV distributors including cable MSOs, IPTV operators and satellite providers, as well as relevant programmers and technology companies perform in 2014's third quarter? In this earnings summary, we list results for the biggest cable industry players.
The COMPTEL Fall Plus 2014 trade show centered on how the competitive telecom industry is evolving to meet its customers' needs and what new challenges they will face as industry consolidation and the IP transition continue to ramp. FierceTelecom's Sean Buckley gives a panoramic view on what went down on the show floor in Dallas here.
"Cord cutters rejoice" has been the oft-written headline preamble to numerous stories written this week about the groundbreaking a la carte programming announcements from HBO and CBS. But in a world in which every programming network is stripped out of the pay-TV bundle and sold individually, consumers could find themselves paying a lot more to get the channels they want.
Striking a defensive tone eerily similar to another FCC petition issued by Comcast three weeks ago, AT&T and DirecTV tried to distance their proposed merger from that being undertaken by Comcast and Time Warner Cable.
CBS Corp. chief executive Les Moonves hadn't even finished first-day press duties for his company's big OTT announcement, when cable industry pundits began speculating on what might occur during the next big retrans impasse between the programmer and a major MSO.
With one of its members referring to Comcast as "the worst company in America for customer service," the city council for Worcester, Mass., has voted 8-3 against a measure that would transfer control of the city's cable subscribers from Charter to Comcast.
Comcast won a $7.5 million award against Sprintafter a jury agreed that the wireless company violated Comcast's patents for VoIP and other telecommunications technologies. FierceWireless has the complete story here.
As it seeks to have the federal government reclassify it as a pay-TV company, Aereo has registered its top corporate communications executive as a lobbyist.
Comcast has decided not to appeal a ruling by a bankruptcy judge on the valuation of regional sports network CSN Houston, clearing the sale of the network to DirecTV and AT&T.
CBS has announced a new SVOD service which will deliver thousands of current and archival series episodes to the IP devices of consumers for $5.99 a month.
With Time Warner Inc. announcing that HBO would launch as a standalone product in 2015, available for streaming without a pay-TV subscription, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was predictably asked about the move during his company's third-quarter earnings call Wednesday.