Verizon will continue to sell its FiOS linear video product to consumers but the company is also ramping up its Go90 mobile video service and its skinny bundle packages to accommodate the rapid growth in consumers looking to ditch their linear service in favor of over-the-top services.
Following up its $9.1 billion purchase of Suddenlink Communications in May with a $17.7 billion-plus-debt acquisition of Cablevision, French telecom conglomerate Altice SA has "lofty synergy expectations for its combined collection of U.S. cable assets," analysts say.
European telecom magnate Patrick Drahi and his Altice SA have agreed to purchase Cablevision for $17.7 billion and the assumption of debt, the New York MSO confirmed. The deal would create the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States, behind Comcast, Charter Communications and Cox Communications, and the country's seventh largest pay-TV operator. Cablevision counts around 2.8 million pay-TV customers.
Multiscreen services company Synacor has announced a deal to provide portal, TV Everywhere authentication and search and discovery platform services to Texas operator Grande Communications.
TiVo is collecting revenue averaging out to $2 per subscriber across the nearly one dozen U.S. cable operators it provides its advanced video operating systems to, according to company CEO Tom Rogers.
Amid a consolidating pay-TV operator landscape, two of the programming industry's smaller fish are back in talks about joining forces.
Cox Communications has finished lab and customer trials of Comcast's X1 platform and is now moving on to a customer beta test in its San Diego, Calif. market, a rep for the MSO confirmed to FierceCable.
Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge said he expects the company to finish 2015 with positive growth in its video subscribers. Those comments are similar to ones recently made by Time Warner Cable chief executive Robert Marcus.
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said that wireless carriers' increasing focus on mobile video could create opportunities for MSOs like Comcast, which he said now offers fully 11 million public Wi-Fi hotspots across the country.
AT&T's Stephens: Company ready for pay-TV changes; U-verse subs may migrate to cheaper DirecTV services
The slowdown in the pay-TV market is not a concern for AT&T because the company is well positioned to take advantage of the migration of customers from traditional pay-TV to over-the-top video viewing, according to a top AT&T executive.
Bright House is in the process of being purchased by a larger cable company that has emphasized a video strategy built around cloud-based technology. But the company is rolling out a big, heavy piece of CPE, just the same.
Fierce editor Mike Dano roamed the show floor last week at IBC, an event brimming with companies and technologies driving the pay-TV sector. From cameras that look like fly-fishing poles to state-of-the-art drones, you can see a little of what he saw in this FierceCable slide show.
Time Warner Cable has pledged to reduce its carbon footprint by 30 percent by the end of 2016. The environmentally conscious move comes after the MSO far exceeded a two-year goal, stated in 2012, to reduce its carbon footprint by 15 percent.
Viacom has fired a salvo in long-running anti-trust litigation with Cablevision, noting that the cable company's argument in the matter has been undermined by contradictory testimony in another unrelated legal case.
His streaming service may be owned by one of the biggest pay-TV operators in North America, but Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch continues to take shots at traditional pay-TV services.
AMSTERDAM -- The IBC exhibition this year was a feast for the eyes. Alongside useful information, exhibitors used all the tricks and gimmicks at their disposal to draw attendees' interest. Check out our pictures of the IBC show floor.
AMSTERDAM -- Just a week after Apple's Tim Cook boasted that the company's new Apple TV creates a "new foundation for TV" with an app-based approach to the market, the TV industry here at the IBC show offered a notably tepid response to Apple's new device. TV executives here generally acknowledged that the device appears to offer a smooth user interface and useful features, but none viewed the device as a breakthrough on the same level as the iPhone or iPad.
AT&T was the top spender in the wireless business on TV advertising in August, accounting for 30 percent of the $190.2 million spent by wireless companies on commercial time. The data comes courtesy of iSpot.tv, which partners with FierceWireless every month to deliver a snapshot on how leading telecommunications companies in the wireless market are promoting themselves.
DirecTV has come to terms on a new broadcast retransmission deal with Utah-based NBC affiliate KSL-TV, ending a three-week blackout that affected nearly 200,000 subscribers.
AT&T no longer offers its U-verse TV Everywhere customers the ability to download content to their mobile device for offline viewing. Instead, users must stream all their TV Everywhere content over an Internet connection.