Stocks for virtually all of the major media conglomerates have dropped sharply amid newly heightened concerns about the future of the pay-TV bundle.
CBS is on track to receive by 2020 more than $2 billion a year from broadcast retransmission licensing fees from pay-TV operators, as well as "reverse compensation" fees from broadcast stations for the rights to air its programming. CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves disclosed the figures during the programmer's second quarter earnings call with media analysts.
HBO CEO Richard Plepler dismissed concerns that the company's new direct-to-consumer streaming service, HBO Now, is cannibalizing its core pay-TV product.
Former Sprint CEO Dan Hesse told FierceWireless that he regrets causing so much disruption to Sprint customers when the company embarked on its Network Vision network modernization initiative.
Discovery Communications said it made a deal to sell long- and short-form programming to Verizon for its upcoming mobile video service.
Disney CEO and Chairman Bob Iger told investors that ESPN's subscriber losses have been overstated, and that most of them have come from the overall recession of the pay-TV market, not from operators excluding the national sports network in their skinny bundles.
Cable One said it lost around 21,400 pay-TV customers in the second quarter, its first quarterly report as an independent company.
Dish Network reported a 3.7 percent rise in second quarter earnings to $3.83 billion, but the company lost a whopping 81,000 subscribers during the three-month period.
Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) announced it is taking over all operations for the National Hockey League's cable channel, websites and digital operations. MLBAM also said that it plans to spin off a digital technology unit in which the NHL would hold an equity stake.
Microsoft said it will add DVR features for over-the-air TV broadcasts into its Xbox One starting next year. The move is the latest by Microsoft to push its Xbox video gaming console into the set-top box arena currently dominated by cable companies.
Few investment analysts thought Comcast would actually keep NBCUniversal's theme parks division -- and all of its associated maintenance and public safety costs -- when it purchased the programming conglomerate in 2011.
Cablevision is asking the FCC to make "robust" changes to decades-old rules that the company argues give broadcasters an increasingly unfair advantage in retransmission consent negotiations.
Charter Communications notched an increase of 7.6 percent in its overall revenues, but the company reporting losing 33,000 pay-TV subscribers. Those subscriber losses were far higher than some Wall Street analysts were expecting: JP Morgan had expected Charter to lose 15,000 video subscribers, while Jefferies had predicted 25,000 customer loses.
Mediacom Communications reported that it lost just 12,000 video customers across its two operating units in the second quarter, despite experiencing two recent retransmission-related station blackouts. The Blooming Grove, N.Y.-based MSO finished the quarter with a total of 879,000 pay-TV subscribers, down from 919,000 at the end of June 2014.
Suddenlink Communications continues to lose basic video subscribers after failing to renew its contract with a major programming conglomerate, Viacom, late last year.
The Pac-12 Network will enter its fourth year -- and fourth college football season -- of operation without a lynchpin carriage deal on DirecTV.
Verizon continues its negotiations with two key unions, and has so far avoided a work stoppage, even though its current collective bargaining agreement expired Saturday.
Continuing to evolve pay-TV's most technologically advanced -- and expensive -- platform, Comcast has unveiled a new DVR feature for its X1 service that automatically extends recordings of live sports events that go past their scheduled run time.
With linear TV ratings dropping another 9 percent in the second quarter, major cable networks now appear to be stuffing as many as 10 percent more commercials into every hour of programming to sustain their margins.
A little over a week after closing its $49 billion takeover of DirecTV, AT&T has already debuted an asterisk-heavy bundled promotion that combines pay-TV and wireless services.