Cable operators will be able to deploy set-tops integrated with conditional access technology instead of using more expensive CableCARD modules, if a bill introduced by Rep. Bob Latta (R.-Ohio) and Rep. Gene Green (D.- Texas) becomes law.
One of the biggest beneficiaries of clashes between pay TV distributors and broadcasters may be Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock, a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm hired by Time Warner Cable in 2009 to help it persuade members of Congress and the FCC to reform retransmission-consent rules which have helped CBS Corp., Fox and Comcast's NBC demand increased fees to carry their TV stations.
As FierceCable details in a special report today, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association has some of the highest-paid lobbyists in Washington, D.C., with its salaries totaling more than $26 million in 2011.
Broadcasters may not be able to use the threat of blackouts to squeeze increased retransmission-consent fees from pay TV providers, if Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) wins support for a bill released Monday.
Time Warner Cable may have ended its blackout of CBS Corp. owned-and-operated stations and Showtime Networks on Monday, but the MSO is stepping up its push to reform retransmission-consent rules.
Cable operators need the FCC to open up more spectrum in the 5 GHz band to meet demand from subscribers for next-generation Wi-Fi services, the American Cable Association said in a filing at the commission on Thursday.
Entone struck a unique pact with consumer electronics giant LG which could help the company, best known for supplying gear to IPTV providers, sell home video gateways and over-the-top video set-tops to cable operators.
Comcast, Time Warner Cable and other cable operators lost about 2.5 million video subscribers between 2010 and 2012, according to the FCC's annual video competition report.
A look at the disparate approaches rivals Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) and Wave Broadband take in San Francisco to let subscribers watch Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) content on TV demonstrates how some pay TV...
AT&T, the nation's largest IPTV service provider, seems willing to accept the concept of paying regulatory fees to help support FCC activities, but it doesn't want to be lumped in with cable operators and it does want those fees to be restricted to video subscriber numbers.