Usage of TV Everywhere apps was up 200 percent in the second quarter, with authenticated multiscreen viewing now accounting for 4.5 percent of all programmer ad deliveries, up from 1.8 percent a year ago.
Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox and Cablevision may be known today as the top five U.S. cable operators, but like the wireline telco industry they achieved their dominant positions by purchasing a number of smaller, regional operators, including major providers like Optimum West and wholesale provider Duke Net.
While the wireless industry certainly has seen its fair share of consolidation over the years and speculation persists that it will continue to do so, the consolidation trend has been going steady in the cable industry as well. FierceCable reviews the major acquisitions and mergers that happened in the last 10 years. S pecial Report
Let's take a step back in time, when pay-TV was on the rise and the idea of streaming a video over a dial-up modem was a laughable proposition. This chart depicts the major acquisitions and mergers consummated by today's top five cable operators during the past 10 years.
Comcast Business is deepening its fiber network presence in the California market, announcing that it has invested over $350,000 to bring its facilities to the Meyers Business Park in Chico.
BlackArrow, the ad tech company working with cable-industry joint venture Canoe to grow pay-TV's dynamic ad-insertion (DAI) business, has been acquired by Cross MediaWorks.
A top Comcast executive said the company is hoping to upgrade its entire cable network footprint with DOCSIS 3.1 technology within the next two years. The company plans to begin market trials of the technology, which can support maximum speeds of 10 Gpbs, later this year.
A Cablevision customer is suing the MSO for turning his residential home gateway into a public Wi-Fi hotspot. Paul Jensen, the plaintiff in the case, claims Cablevision's strategy violates the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act because the cable firm never asked for Jensen's permission before modifying the software on his rented router and opening up the public SSID.
All four Tier 1 wireless operators will either partner, acquire or be acquired by a pay-TV provider, according to Tim Horan, an analyst with Oppenheimer. Specifically Horan theorizes that either Comcast or Charter will purchase T-Mobile US.
Comcast said it now counts more than half a million customers on its Xfinity Home smart home offering. The company, which counts more than 22 million total customers across the United States, introduced the smart home service in 2010 and recently has been working to expand the platform to support a wider range of third-party products and services. Thus, said a top Comcast executive, Xfinity Home now has the potential to be a "comprehensive solution" in the smart home market.