By having its subscribers pay an average of about $8 a month to rent their cable modems rather than buy them, Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) makes more in one quarter off modem rentals than it generated from the entire Sochi Winter Olympics.
In a positive sign for pay-TV programmers and operators trying to monetize video-on-demand, a study commissioned by A+E Networks found that disabled fast-forwarding on VOD viewing does not negatively affect the viewer experience.
More than 90 former AT&T cellular-industry partners have banded together to petition the FCC against the telco's proposed purchase of DirecTV, while Netflix also sent a notice to the commission noting that powerful conditions restricting paid peering should be put in place. Conversely, the still-powerful enterprise-technology company Microsoft told the commission it supports the merger.
Although pay-TV profit margins are up and leading all media and entertainment sectors, investment analyst Craig Moffett is advising clients to be wary of operator stock right now.
Addressing speculation about the possible OTT agenda for his company's premium cable network, Les Moonves said there is a "very strong possibility" that CBS Corp. will soon disaggregate Showtime from the pay-TV bundle and offer it to consumers a la carte, over the Internet.
After failing to take any meaningful market share away from children's-network powerhouses Disney Channel and Nickelodeon over the past four years, Discovery Networks and Hasbro are restructuring their partnership on the Hub Network. Discovery will now take full control of the channel and rebrand it as Discovery Family.
Faced with a mature, consolidated cable-industry constituency, the National Cable Telecommunications Association is reinventing and rebranding The Cable Show as an event focused on the distribution of online video.
A bill renewing the ability of satellite operators to take broadcast signals from far-away stations and deliver them to about 1.5 million rural subscribers without local access to various broadcast outlets has passed the Senate by voice vote.
Fierce editors were on site at the Amsterdam RAI for IBC 2014, Sept. 11-16. This year's IBC was all about disruption, as cable operators, distributors and broadcasters grapple with the rising demand for multiscreen options such as TV Everywhere, and a sea change in the way companies approach content creation, advertising and licensing.
Speaking Tuesday at future-of-television hearings conducted by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in Gatineau, Quebec, Phil Lind, executive regulatory VP and vice chairman of Rogers, said disaggregating U.S. channels such as AMC and A&E would cause their backers to pull out of the Canadian pay-TV market completely.
Verizon Wireless is talking to content owners about the possibility of delivering their content over its LTE multicast network, but the sticking point appears to be the business model. Speaking at the 2014 Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media Communications and Entertainment Conference, Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo said that the company is currently talking to content providers but that there is "lots of work to be done on that ecosystem."
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is expected to withdraw an effort to include in the pending satellite reauthorization bill rules that would give the FCC greater oversight over pay-TV customer service.
Facing rampant competition from satellite and telco carriers, as well as what seemed like a never-ending rabbit hole of subscriber losses just a few years ago, Comcast has reinvented itself as a Philadelphia technology company with a "Silicon Valley vibe," one with a bright future of growth based on its X1 platform.
Belying his company's earlier claims that its proposed purchase of DirecTV could yield synergies of around $1.6 billion in regard to programming acquisitions, AT&T Chief Strategy Officer John Stankey said content costs could actually increase for the combined company if AT&T's ambitious programming goals are realized.
Every industry needs an annual conference--a place where the major players can gather to debate the state of the industry, discuss new business models, show off new products and mix and mingle. But without support from key members, no convention will be able to fulfill that vision. Unfortunately, last week's Super Mobility Week at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, which was pegged as being CTIA's merger of its two annual trade shows into one "super" wireless-industry event, was left lacking.
After facing a disturbingly soft advertising-sales market in the first half of 2014, TV programmers had hoped for a rebound this fall. That's not going to happen, according to leading ad-sales executives and media-investment analysts.
With the public commentary period for the FCC's proposed new net-neutrality rules ending Monday night, the commission reported that the number of comments had set a record, at more than 3 million.
Roku announced the sale of its 10 millionth streaming device in the U.S. since beginning operations in 2008.
Dish Network announced a wide-reaching program-renewal deal with Scripps Networks, giving the No. 2 satellite operator, among other things, rights to put channels including HGTV, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and DIY Network on its soon-to-launch OTT service.