With major MSOs such as Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable posting faster growth in cable modem subscribers than video customers, many industry observers insist it's proof that consumers are cutting the cord in droves on pay TV.
Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications and other major MSOs gained about 800,000 high-speed Internet subscribers in the first quarter, which represented 82 percent of the broadband subscriber growth they reported this time last year, Leichtman Research Group said Tuesday.
Verizon's FiOS TV was the top ranked subscription TV service in the annual American Customer Satisfaction Index released Tuesday, while Charter Communications generated the most improvement compared to last year's survey.
For more than a decade, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications and other major MSOs have focused the bulk of their marketing efforts on selling triple-plays of subscription video, Internet and phone service to subscribers for about $90 monthly. But with demand for high-speed service outpacing sales of the industry's core pay TV product--and data generating higher profit margins than video because of rising programming costs--more cable MSOs are beginning to tout broadband only options.
Charter Communications would consider buying more cable systems following the $1.63 billion deal it struck with Cablevision in February to acquire that company's Optimum West division, CEO Tom Rutledge said Tuesday.
AT&T agreed to carry a new college sports network that ESPN and the Southeastern Conference will launch in August 2014 on its U-verse TV systems, setting the stage for a distribution battle with Comcast, Cox, Charter Communications and other distributors with systems in states with SEC schools.
Synacor stock jumped about 22 percent Wednesday after it announced a deal to provide TV Everywhere authentication for Verizon's FiOS TV subscribers.
Cablevision said late Monday that it agreed to sell its chain of 41 movie theaters in the New York City area to Bow Tie Cinemas.
Randy Morin, a former installer for Charter Communications who was arrested in March for allegedly selling illegal cable connections, accepted a plea deal from prosecutors in Bay City, Mich.
One day after closing its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, Arris said Marwan Fawaz, the former Charter Communications CTO who had been running Motorola's home division since June 2012, would be leaving the company.