While LIN TV's contracts with Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and other distributors will help it grow retransmission-consent fees to more than $130 million in 2013, CFO Richard Schmaeling said Wednesday that LIN's success in hiking fees could make it tougher for another broadcaster to acquire.
Dish Network's bet on the Hopper DVR helped it reduce subscriber churn to 1.66 percent in the third quarter, and it picked up 35,000 net pay TV customers.
Cable's share of the terrestrial broadband market is still strong, accounting for an estimated 78 percent of the market in third quarter. However, that share is down significantly from third quarter 2012, when cable was estimated to make up about 99 percent of the share.
Streaming video set-top box provider Roku announced it will launch a new advertising campaign to tap into the holiday shopping spree. The effort, centered on the company's new "Now This Is TV" campaign, is another attempt by Roku to cut into Americans' spending on cable and satellite TV with a streaming alternative.
A new report from broadband traffic management vendor Sandvine found that Netflix accounts for nearly one-third (28 percent) of Web traffic in the United States and YouTube accounts for 17 percent of traffic delivered over fixed networks during peak hours.
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts doesn't view his company as a 50-year-old cable stalwart, but instead likes to think of the firm as a burgeoning software startup that markets its innovations, such as its X-class channel guides that connect subscribers directly to Comcast's cloud, to other cable TV operators.
Two analyst firms--SNL Kagan and Infonetics--released separate reports today on the growing demand for home media gateways. Both reports noted that consumers are demanding features from pay-TV providers that include such capabilities as personal video recording, streaming IP video and support for TV Everywhere.
Verizon Communications' FiOS TV will launch an app on Microsoft's Xbox One gaming console that is set to make its retail debut Nov. 22. The app is one of 19 entertainment apps set to launch on the Xbox One between Nov. 22 and spring 2014 but is the only pay-TV provider app announced so far.
Comcast is beginning to target college students with the launch of an IPTV service called Xfinity On Campus, which it plans to distribute through Web browsers, tablets and smartphones.
Comcast is testing metered billing for broadband customers and will expand those tests to the Atlanta market Dec. 1.
Cablevision lost 37,000 video and 13,000 broadband customers in the third-quarter, which it attributed to price hikes and subscribers who canceled service after their 12-month promotional discounts expired.
Comcast's Xfinity service is ramping up its efforts to draw sports lovers with "Sportstacular!," a week-long promotion that offers Xfinity customers access to live sports programming for no additional cost.
With Nielsen planning to soon begin measuring viewing on WatchESPN, Watch ABC and Watch Disney Channel, parent Walt Disney Co. expects to generate increased ad revenue from the TV Everywhere apps, Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger said Thursday.
Comcast plans to kick off a trial by the end of the year which will deliver unique ads to subscribers watching linear programming based on demographic profiles, Andrew Ward, group VP of the Comcast Media 360 multiplatform ad-sales unit, told FierceCable Thursday.
AMC Networks saw its ad revenue jump 36 percent to $146 million in the third quarter thanks to hit shows like "Breaking Bad" and "The Walking Dead."
John Malone's Liberty Global cable company added 314,000 subscribers in the third quarter thanks to a surge in customers signing up for triple-play packages that combine phone, Web and TV service.
Scripps Networks Interactive, the parent company of the Food Network, HGTV and the Travel Channel, reported its third quarter revenues were up 9 percent over the prior year, but the company also saw its expenses shoot up 13 percent, to $355 million, because of higher programming costs.
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Telco companies are adding IPTV subscribers, most likely at the expense of cable companies, which are experiencing a drop in their video customer base. This conclusion, from market research firm Infonetics, is based upon first quarter 2013 data but is not necessarily a big surprise for industry watchers.
During the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Steve Donohue, editor of FierceCable, sat down with Tom Lookabaugh, EVP and chief of research and development at CableLabs, to get his take on the future of Wi-Fi, virtual cable and other new technology.