Cable operators can no longer rely on business as usual and must instead focus on developing new products, improving their customer service and leveraging the scale of their networks if they want to remain competitive in the future.
While several industry organizations are working on standards that would allow providers to manage Wi-Fi networks more like cellular networks, certified products for the standards won't roll out for another two years, CableLabs' Mark Poletti told attendees at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.
Comcast, which has been making investments in ad delivery wherewithal of late, including its $320 million purchase of FreeWheel in March, has announced through its recently launched wholesale division a new product that allows for ad delivery in both linear and VOD television.
Trying its hand at an emerging pay-TV industry strategy of hooking previously uninitiated customers with stripped-down programming packages, AT&T will soon bundle broadband service, a limited number of basic cable channels, HBO and--wait for it--Amazon Prime for $40 a month.
Through their joint venture Otter Media, AT&T and the Chernin Group have confirmed their earlier reported intention to buy YouTube programming network Fullscreen. The size of the deal is not yet known, but Re/code puts Fullscreen's valuation at somewhere between $200 million to $300 million.
Among several new DOCSIS 3.1-related announcements Arris is set to make at Cable-Tec Expo in Denver this week, the manufacturer will show off a new device that it says eliminates the scourge of optical beat interference in RF over glass applications.
Among programmers, Discovery Communications has been perhaps the most vocal critic of the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. However, absent from Discovery's quest to stop the proposed union has been its top in-house lobbyist, Alexa Verveer.
Netflix has officially launched in Belgium and Luxembourg, with the company near to closing out the startup phase of its European expansion.
It's never over until the papers are signed: Raycom is threatening to once again pull its signal off DirecTV.
The physical deployment of CableLabs' new DOCSIS 3.1 standard is proceeding as scheduled and set to begin at the end of next year, with interops starting in the first half of 2015.
The City of Baltimore expanded broadband service choices for local residents and businesses and has hired a consulting firm to, among other things, explore ways through and around a franchise agreement signed with Comcast that runs through 2016.
Speaking from London in the friendly interview confines of Fox Business, 21st Century Fox's chief executive, Rupert Murdoch, offered some insight Thursday as to why he abandoned his polarizing efforts to acquire Time Warner Inc. "I am also a bit bearish I guess," he told his interviewer and employee, Neil Cavuto. "I just felt with all the uncertainties in the world, I didn't want to be carrying that degree of debt."
With many of its most prolific producers looking for greener pastures at insurgent online-video platforms, YouTube has announced a multi-million-dollar initiative aimed at holding on to some of its biggest stars.
By having its subscribers pay an average of about $8 a month to rent their cable modems rather than buy them, Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) makes more in one quarter off modem rentals than it generated from the entire Sochi Winter Olympics.
In a positive sign for pay-TV programmers and operators trying to monetize video-on-demand, a study commissioned by A+E Networks found that disabled fast-forwarding on VOD viewing does not negatively affect the viewer experience.
More than 90 former AT&T cellular-industry partners have banded together to petition the FCC against the telco's proposed purchase of DirecTV, while Netflix also sent a notice to the commission noting that powerful conditions restricting paid peering should be put in place. Conversely, the still-powerful enterprise-technology company Microsoft told the commission it supports the merger.
Although pay-TV profit margins are up and leading all media and entertainment sectors, investment analyst Craig Moffett is advising clients to be wary of operator stock right now.
Addressing speculation about the possible OTT agenda for his company's premium cable network, Les Moonves said there is a "very strong possibility" that CBS Corp. will soon disaggregate Showtime from the pay-TV bundle and offer it to consumers a la carte, over the Internet.