Executives at Comcast and Charter Communications have had preliminary talks aimed at acquiring Time Warner Cable, which could help each operator expand cable system clusters in Los Angeles, New York and other markets, Bloomberg reported Saturday.
For nearly a decade, most pay TV distributors have deployed DVRs containing two tuners and a maximum of 250 GB of storage space. But with the rollout of their respective Hopper and Genie DVRs in 2012, Dish Network and DirecTV forced rival cable operators and telcos to invest in new gear.
Charter Communications said it will begin marketing its pay TV and broadband services under a new brand, Charter Spectrum, early next year.
Cable operators may be able to provide faster speeds over their existing HFC networks, but according to a recent MoffettNathanson report their flow share (share of net adds) declined year-over-year during Q3 2013.
Cablevision lost 37,000 video and 13,000 broadband customers in the third-quarter, which it attributed to price hikes and subscribers who canceled service after their 12-month promotional discounts expired.
Multiple customers of Arris will soon deploy network-based DVRs that will be used to "augment in-home DVR functionality," Arris CEO Bob Stanzione told analysts last week.
Netflix said it plans to add 4K Ultra HD content to its streaming video library next year. The move could have an impact on broadband providers that are members of its Open Connect content delivery network, including Cox Communications, Cablevision and Suddenlink Communications.
Comcast said Tuesday that it plans to install Wi-Fi hotspots at 70 train stations in Philadelphia over the next five years.
After Hurricane Sandy left Cablevision, Time Warner Cable and other distributors scrambling to repair damaged networks and restore service for subscribers, organizers at last weeks' SCTE Cable-Tec Expo made business continuity and disaster recovery planning a key focus of the convention.
The Wellness Network, which is backed by the company that bought Cablevision's Mag Rack video-on-demand service in 2008, said Wednesday that it acquired telehealth provider Logicare Corp.