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.
With increases in the stock prices of Time Warner Cable and Cablevision making it more expensive for Charter Communications to acquire those major MSOs, the Liberty Media-backed company could attempt to grow by acquiring several smaller cable operators, Moffett Nathanson analyst Craig Moffett said Friday.
Cable mergers could help operators sell phone and broadband services to large businesses with offices in multiple locations, Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge said Wednesday.
Cable overbuilder RCN is the fastest broadband provider in the Boston area when it comes to the delivery of Netflix video streams, Netflix said Saturday.
After reporting its best quarterly earnings period ever, TiVo executives said Tuesday that they hope to see the company's DVR software deployed by two of the industry's biggest cable providers--Liberty Global and Charter Communications.
Charter Communications may be preparing to launch new mobile video applications which could allow subscribers to watch both live TV and DVR content on the Web and mobile devices, according to two trademark applications it filed last week.
Charter Communications and Cablevision are no longer members of the Canoe Ventures advanced advertising consortium, cable MSO and Canoe executives told FierceCable this week.
As Charter Communications and other cable MSOs grapple with the ongoing increases in programming costs, more consolidation of the industry could help them collectively increase their leverage with programmers.
Charter CEO Tom Rutledge offered a subtle hint Tuesday about how Liberty Media chairman John Malone may be able to help him hammer major programmers like CBS Corp. and Walt Disney Co. if he succeeds in turning Charter into a bigger MSO than Comcast.