Major pay-TV operators down less than 150K video subs in Q3

With only one publicly traded company, Dish Network, yet to report third-quarter earnings, the top pay-TV operators have reported video subscriber losses of just 144,300 so far.

NCTA, pay-TV lawyers meet with FCC, try to shoot down tech industry's AllVid push

Lawyers for the NCTA and every major pay-TV company met with FCC commissioners earlier this week in an attempt to block supporters of the AllVid technology for set-top boxes.

Cox pays $595K to settle FCC complaint over 'Lizard Squad' security breach

The FCC said that Cox Communications has agreed to pay a $595,000 fine, after the agency found that the MSO didn't do enough to protect customers amid a 2014 email security breach.

CenturyLink confirms it is testing low-cost OTT skinny bundle for millennials

Count CenturyLink among the pay-TV operators testing skinny programming bundles delivered over-the-top. Speaking during the operator's third-quarter earnings call, company President and CEO Glen Post confirmed the carrier is testing a new OTT video product.

What new social media metrics from Nielsen, comScore and Rentrak tell us about video use

There is very little hard data on the brave new world of disrupted video delivery and consumption. But the good news is that the major audience research companies -- Nielsen, comScore and Rentrak -- are now publishing some insights on video use through research into associated social media habits.

Arris CFO: ActiveVideo acquisition gives us a cloud DVR play

Arris' acquisition of 65 percent of ActiveVideo, which it announced last April as part of a partnership with Charter Communications to buy the cloud TV provider, will give the company an early foothold in the cloud DVR world, according to a top Arris executive.

As Cable One drops another 19K pay-TV subs, company promises 2016 launch of GigaONE Internet service

Cable One reported a narrow 0.7 percent decline in total revenue to $198.2 million in the third quarter, as the company continued to aggressively highlight its movement away from residential video and toward residential and commercial broadband services.

Suddenlink's Kent: Internet overage charges 'have become a significant revenue stream for us'

Jerry Kent, outgoing chairman and CEO of St. Louis-based Suddenlink

While Comcast has been taking a lot of heat for its trials of usage-based broadband pricing, medium-sized operator Suddenlink Communications has been quietly and efficiently generating revenue off its data caps.

Sony finally strikes deal with Disney, adds ESPN and more to PlayStation Vue

Sony filled a major programming gap in its PlayStation Vue service, signing a deal with the Walt Disney Co. to add ESPN, ABC-owned local stations, Disney Channel, ABC Family and several other networks to its streaming pay-TV service.

Time Warner Inc. 'rips Band-Aid off,' lowers guidance and pulls back from Netflix

Although its stock price fell 7 percent after the release of its quarterly earnings, media analysts had mainly praise for a series of tough short-term moves announced by Time Warner Inc. to better align its programming in the digital age.

TWC, CBS and others rush into an OTT future, but some strategies make way more sense than others

Those of us in the over-the-top video delivery space have had an interesting seven days. Not only did we learn that the three biggest cable companies are all testing streaming video services, but the operator of a major broadcast network also said it will offer an anticipated new show exclusively on its SVOD platform. Meanwhile, a number of major media conglomerates are signaling their pullback from Netflix. Indeed, a lot of OTT stuff has happened lately.

Hastings: TVE could be a threat to Netflix if it got its act together

While the authenticated multiscreen efforts of the pay-TV industry have always been unfavorably compared to Netflix, the SVOD service's CEO says TV Everywhere could be his company's greatest threat -- if its potential were ever realized.

Discovery counts 200K subs for Euro OTT platforms, shooting for 1M

Discovery Networks President and CEO David Zaslav said his company's over-the-top platforms in Europe have garnered around 200,000 subscribers and the company is expecting to grow that number to 1 million customers.

As its retrans revenues reach $1B, CBS predicts Star Trek to push 'millions' of subs to All Access

CBS Corp. chief executive Les Moonves told investors that his broadcast network has already hit $1 billion in annual revenue from retransmission and reverse-compensation fees, a year ahead of the media company's anticipated timeline for the benchmark.

Comcast quietly expands data usage trials to four additional markets

Comcast has quietly expanded tests of its billing based on usage caps to include four new markets, despite continued controversy over the effort.

Comcast hires Morgan Stanley investment banker Eatroff as strategy chief

Robert Eatroff as its new executive VP of corporate development and strategy comcast

Comcast went back to the investment-banking well for its latest executive hire, Morgan Stanley's Robert Eatroff as its new executive VP of corporate development and strategy.

Cablevision loses 33K video customers in Q3, gains only 3K broadband subs

In what could be its last quarterly earnings report as an independent company, Cablevision reported modest video subscriber losses of 33,000 for the third quarter.

Altice set to become one of 5 companies controlling half the global pay-TV market, study says

Altice is set to become one of five telecom companies that control around half the global pay-TV market. According to Ampere Analysis, Altice will control around 3.1 of global pay-TV revenue once its U.S. cable deals close. Altice is poised to acquire Suddenlink Communications and Cablevision in the United States, adding them to its European pay-TV holdings.

Fox, Discovery, Time Warner and others could be pulling away from Netflix

In recent statements, executives from 21st Century Fox, Time Warner and Discovery Communications appear to be working to put some distance between their companies and Netflix. As Re/code pointed out, investors now will likely be watching carefully during this third-quarter reporting period to determine whether major pay-TV programmers will further that trend.

NCTA: 9 largest MSOs have issued only 618,000 CableCards for retail devices

The nation's nine biggest cable operators have deployed only around 618,000 CableCards for use in retail devices, according to the National Cable Telecommunications Association.