CenturyLink acknowledged that it is in a competitive battle with Comcast Business, Charter Communications and other cable operators in the SIP trunking segment of the business services market, as more enterprise customers ditch their TDM-based PRI lines and analog PBX's for IP-based hosted services.
An FCC advisory committee has presented the agency with several different software-based options for securing MVPD video content on retail devices.
Taking a shot at a regulatory agency that is about to make key decisions on the future of broadcast retransmission negotiations, Sinclair Broadcast Group said the FCC did "nothing" to lead it to make a deal with Dish Network earlier this week that ended a record-sized TV station blackout.
The NBA's Los Angeles Clippers under their new owner, former Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer, will pass on a $60 million-a-year offer to stay on their regional sports network (RSN) and will instead embark on a direct-to-consumer (DTC) streaming video distribution scheme. The New York Post reported on the action, citing unnamed insiders.
Jurors ruled that Time Warner Cable should pay $5.78 million stemming from a natural gas explosion that killed one worker and injured more than a dozen people at a Kansas City, Mo., restaurant in February 2013.
Casa Systems has introduced a new DOCSIS 3.1-compliant module for its Converged Cable Access Platforms (CCAP) intended to enable cable operators to support downstream broadband speeds of up to 10 Gbps.
Usage of TV Everywhere apps was up 200 percent in the second quarter, with authenticated multiscreen viewing now accounting for 4.5 percent of all programmer ad deliveries, up from 1.8 percent a year ago.
DirecTV is now testing high-definition and standard-definition signals for the Pac-12 Network on channel 612 in what appears to be a preparation for a long-anticipated launch of the regional sports network.
CBS Corp. has announced a new affiliation agreement with station group Tegna Media (formerly Gannett), bringing 10 network affiliates covering 10 million U.S. households into its CBS All Access OTT service.
Dish Network said it has reached another short-term broadcast retransmission extension with Sinclair Broadcast Group, halting a 24-hour blackout of 129 Sinclair TV stations on Dish's satellite pay-TV service.
Today's cable industry looks much different than the one from 10 years ago, when the likes of Adelphia and Susquehanna still roamed the market. So let's take a step back in time, when pay-TV was on the rise and the idea of streaming a video over a dial-up modem was a laughable proposition. This chart depicts the major acquisitions and mergers consummated by today's top five cable operators during the past 10 years.
The dynamics of cable carriage and broadcast retransmission negotiations differ. But in blacking out its 129 broadcast affiliate stations on the program guides of around 5 million Dish Network customers this week, Sinclair might have been thinking it found a late-summer scheduling sweet spot to dig its heels in -- not yet pre-empting into any serious viewing events, but cutting it close enough to get Dish's attention.
Google's video sites, including YouTube, attracted the most viewers during the second quarter, according to comScore. Facebook and Yahoo Sites held firmly to the second and third positions, the firm said, with Google taking the lion's share of unique views.
The Video Advertising Bureau said cord cutting is being caused by consumer economic conditions and not an emerging avalanche of direct-to-consumer video choices.
More than half of all American households now own Internet-connected TVs, according to the NPD group.
A Charter Communications investor is trying to spur a class-action lawsuit against the company, alleging that Liberty Broadband has been granted unfairly discounted share prices as part of Charter's pending purchases of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.
Verizon, CenturyLink, AT&T, Netflix weigh in on FCC's probe into retransmission fees, 'MVPD' definition
Verizon, CenturyLink, AT&T, Netflix and other players in the telecommunications market have filed comments with the FCC over its investigation into the rules governing broadcast retransmission licensing negotiations and the definition of "multi-channel program video provider" (MVPD). The comments generally reflect the desire of companies across the industry to obtain more favorable regulations for their respective businesses.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has called an emergency meeting of the agency's Media Bureau, following the blackout of 129 Sinclair Broadcasting stations in 79 markets on Dish Network.
Comcast Business announced it will spend $350,000 to roll out a fiber network to the Meyers Business Park in Chino, Calif. Comcast will install more than three and a half miles of fiber through underground conduit and aerial poles from existing lines to the business park and its 166 business residents.
The American Cable Association has filed a research paper with the FCC, claiming that 1,078 small and rural cable systems serving 50,000 subscribers have shut down since 2008, primarily due to fast-increasing programming costs.