Netflix has incurred a huge influence in the decline of linear pay-TV. But acceleration of that impact will probably slow down, as the SVOD service is forced to infiltrate homes with less affluent and older consumers.
Dish Network will not be presenting the UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi pay-per-view event, with the satellite operator and the fight org unable to reach a carriage agreement.
Regulatory prospects for the proposed $45.2 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable went from bad to bleak Wednesday, with the Federal Communications Commission recommending that final approval for the deal be handled by an administrative law judge.
Merging the world's two largest set-top makers, Arris' $2.1 billion acquisition of Pace offers insulation from a volatile U.S. pay-TV market, as well as the unpredictable revenue streams of the disparate CPE product cycles, analysts say.
I put my conspiracy theory guy pants on this morning as I emailed a couple of media analysts with a half-baked theory whose time has come: In hoisting a controversial new bundling strategy that has irked its programming partners, Verizon is really working to build leverage to negotiate content rights for its upcoming wireless OTT service.
AT&T experienced a slowdown of its U-verse pay-TV service in the first quarter. However, the company is still bullish on its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV, which it expects to close in second quarter.
Set-top maker Arris has agreed to acquire its competitor Pace for $2.1 billion in stock and cash. The deal will provide Arris will an entry into the satellite business as well as beef up its customer base. The newly merged company will be incorporated in the U.K. but its headquarters will remain in Suwanee, Ga.
While Comcast, Cablevision and Google continue to work toward a "Wi-Fi first" paradigm that will compete head-on with the wireless industry, BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk has poured a little cold water on their parade.
DirecTV and Quincy Newspapers have apparently resolved a business dispute that kept stations covering 10 Midwestern markets off the satellite service for much of Tuesday.
AT&T has announced a deal with the Walt Disney Company to launch the media conglomerate's Disney Story Central platform on the U-verse pay-TV service.
As executives from Comcast and Time Warner Cable finally meet with U.S. Department of Justice officials Wednesday over their proposed $45.2 billion merger, the issue of how Comcast responded to conditions of its previous mega-merger has surfaced.
NBCUniversal and 21st Century Fox became the latest programmers to push back on Verizon FiOS' bold new skinny program bundling strategy.
Comcast says its Xfinity TV app will be available for the Apple Watch when the device launches at retail Friday, April 24.
How fast are SVOD services like Amazon Prime Instant Video and Netflix growing? Fast. Real fast.
As executives from Comcast and Time Warner Cable prepare to meet with U.S. Justice Department officials Wednesday, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said in a TechCrunch op-ed piece that he now has "new hope" that the feds will reject the deal.
TiVo is putting the assets it acquired in February from defunct streaming service Aereo to good use, marketing its over-the-air DVR directly to former Aereo subscribers.
Illinois-based Quincy Newspapers has blocked DirecTV from carrying broadcast stations covering 10 Midwestern markets, with the two sides unable to reach agreement on retransmission fee renewals.
Verizon says it doesn't need the permission of programmers to implement its new "Custom HD" bundling strategy for its pay-TV service. "We believe we're able to offer these packages under our existing contracts," said Fran Shammo, executive VP and CFO of Verizon, when asked during Tuesday's first-quarter earnings call whether his company had discussed the strategy with programmers prior to deploying it.
FierceCable caught up with Michael Powell, NCTA president & CEO at his Washington, D.C., office on a typically active day. The cable industry organization had just filed a lawsuit against the FCC around the commission's just-passed net neutrality rules, and the U.S. Department of Justice was reportedly about to nix the merger of Powell's biggest constituents, Comcast and Time Warner Cable. FierceCable chatted with the former Republican FCC chairman ahead of the org's upcoming INTX show.
Comcast was so concerned last year about the pending launch of PlayStation Vue that it refused to do any kind of business with Sony. That included the launch of the Xfinity 4K pay-TV service, which ended up launching exclusively on Samsung TVs.