Add Cox Communications to the list of cable operators reportedly eying a bid for Time Warner Cable.
TiVo said the third-quarter was its best ever period of cable subscriber growth, as it picked up 295,000 net additions through distribution deals with Virgin Media, RCN, Grande Communications and other pay TV distributors.
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.
Charter Communications is close to securing bank loans and cash from "sovereign wealth funds and wealthy individuals" to finance a merger with Time Warner Cable, the Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday.
Broadband subscriber growth slowed in the third quarter, with 17 of the largest cable operators and telcos gaining about 520,000 net high-speed Internet subscribers, a decrease of about 10 percent compared to Q3 2012, Leichtman Research Group said Tuesday.
Charter Communications said it will begin marketing its pay TV and broadband services under a new brand, Charter Spectrum, early next year.
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.
Charter Communications will launch Wi-Fi in 2014, initially targeting local businesses with wireless gateways that can transmit dual SSIDs, CEO Tom Rutledge said Tuesday, when the MSO reported that it gained 86,000 high-speed Internet subscribers in the third quarter.
Brushing aside reports that he isn't interested in merging Time Warner Cable with Charter Communications and other cable MSOs, Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt insisted Thursday that the company would agree to a deal if it made money for shareholders.
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.