Media pundits have questioned how Dish Network is going to cram pricey cable channels like ESPN into its upcoming OTT service, and also include the major broadcast networks in a package that cost only around $30.
The fate of carriage-crippled regional sports network Comcast SportsNet Houston now hinges on what dilapidated value a bankruptcy court deems that it has left. The teams want to sell the bankrupt network to AT&T and DirecTV at a value of around $22 million, down from an initial value of $700 million.
With much of the large-scale wireless backhaul networks built out to accommodate the growing 4G LTE service base, the question is: What's the next frontier for wholesale providers? FierceTelecom Editor Sean Buckley drills down on this dynamic in his latest column.
Dish Network has signed a multiyear extension to continue letting Frontier Communications bundle its satellite video services with Frontier's bundled broadband and voice packages.
While laying down fiber-optic cable is not cheap, Google Fiber chief Milo Medin says the "single biggest impediment" to wider deployment of his company's popular broadband service is TV program licensing costs.
With the pay-TV industry starting to digest the news that Disney and Turner will triple the licensing fees they pay the NBA to around $24 billion over nine years, industry analysts and operators are asking the inevitable question: how are these massive programming costs going to get paid for?
On the same day that it announced a new NBA broadcast contract worth nearly $11 billion over nine years, Turner Broadcasting said it will cut about 10 percent of its global workforce, about 1,475 jobs.
Programmers are suddenly willing to play ball with OTT insurgents and are conceding to pared-down bundles targeted to millennials. But is their desperation a good thing?
Proving that it doesn't forsake all programming conglomerates, just Viacom, Suddenlink has inked a new carriage agreement with Discovery Communications.
Normally when the captains of media industry announce new products, it's kind of nice when they seem excited. But that's not what's happening at the major programming conglomerates, as they reluctantly plunge forward with over-the-top distribution.
Attempting to slow down quickening consumer support for municipally run broadband services, the big-cable-backed lobbying group NetCompetition has released a short video, outlining all the reasons why it thinks muni broadband is a bad idea.
After downgrading the cable sector last month due to fears about cord cutting and OTT distribution, media analyst Craig Moffett is once again bullish on the sector.
The FCC will stop the "shot clock" on its 180-day review of the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and will give critics of the deal more time to voice dissension.
The NBA has announced nine-year extensions of its TV deals with Disney and Turner Networks, tripling its licensing bounty to around $2.6 billion a year and greatly expanding the scope of TV Everywhere access to pro basketball games.
After getting "creamed" in negotiations with content suppliers, Sony will offer its new OTT-based pay-TV service at a consumer price of about $80 a month.
Verizon Communications and Outerwall Inc. are pulling the plug on their struggling SVOD service, Redbox Instant by Verizon. The move could be part of Verizon's plans to focus on its own wireless streaming service.
The epic struggle to acquire T-Mobile US has been one of the more interesting stories in the telecommunications world this year, and France's Iliad has certainly been one of the more determined companies in that quest. According to new reports, Iliad--which saw its earlier efforts spurned--is in the process of prepping a new offer to try again. FierceWireless has a complete report here.
Nine months after Verizon successfully sued the FCC to have net neutrality legislation thrown out, the conglomerate's rivals are fuming, as they suspect the regulatory body will now enact new rules that are more restrictive.
As if Comcast needs any more public relations headaches as it tries to gain regulatory approval for its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, the conglomerate's plans to abandon that most forlorn of Midwestern cities, Detroit, has now come under scrutiny, too.
Comcast is now fighting a bankruptcy court-backed deal that would transfer ownership of struggling regional sports network Comcast SportsNet Houston to AT&T and DirecTV.