Having slowly edged out the incumbent broadcast networks over the last decade for TV programming's most coveted "Good Housekeeping" symbol, cable networks absolutely dominated the nominations for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards.
With the top four pay-TV services seeking regulatory approvals to combine into just two companies, the major media conglomerates are seriously pondering their own unions to offset what could be an advantage in bargaining power.
More than half a decade and several programming executive regimes ago, AMC found instant brand-building in a bottle--twice--with original series hits Breaking Bad and Mad Men. Now AMC is looking to produce its content in-house.
Comcast said Wednesday that it has struck deals with several major cable MSOs and programmers that will allow cable subscribers to set remote DVR recordings by clicking on "SEEiT" links that are advertised in Twitter posts.
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.
Liberty Global's $1.04 billion deal to sell Chellomedia to AMC Networks gives the world's biggest cable operator cash that could help Chairman John Malone spark a wave of U.S. cable consolidation.
Increased spending on programming production and marketing expenses needed to launch new series on AMC, IFC, Sundance and women's network WE will "create volatility" for the company's profit margins, AMC Networks CFO Sean Sullivan said at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference Tuesday.
Time Warner Cable said Thursday that subscribers can now watch on-demand versions of "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad" and other programs from AMC on smartphones, tablets and other devices when they are outside of their homes.
AMC Networks may pull AMC, WE tv, IFC and Sundance Channel from two smaller cable operators if they don't agree to a rate increase, CEO Josh Sapan warned Thursday.