A flurry of antitrust lawsuits filed by both residential and commercial customers against DirecTV (NYSE: T) and the NFL over the exclusivity of NFL Sunday Ticket out-of-market games has been combined into a nationwide class action complaint, with law firm Robins Kaplan LLP selected as the co-lead for the plaintiffs.
AT&T may have set DirecTV as its new video delivery platform, but in order to cross sell customers a suite of complementary wireline broadband and wireless services, the telco is looking to bring commonality to its installation processes.
AT&T's Ralph de la Vega said he is not concerned about the decline in the number of the carrier's postpaid phone customers because of the growth of AT&T's Cricket prepaid wireless business. And he said that AT&T has a significant cross-selling opportunity following its acquisition of pay-TV company DirecTV.
BOSTON-- Here at the INTX show, there's plenty of discussion about "the future of TV." The issue in question, of course, is how the nation's cable operators will continue to play in the market they once dominated but that is now in a state of upheaval due to the large and growing number of streaming players like Netflix, Amazon, Roku and others. AT&T may have an answer. The carrier in the fourth quarter of this year will release the first version of what I'll call DirecTV 2.0, essentially the combination of AT&T's U-verse and DirecTV video businesses.
The cable industry is rapidly becoming an extremely complex and competitive world where new technologies such as high dynamic range (HDR) and 4K are coming to market and OTT providers increasingly target viewers on tablets, smartphones and other platforms. And uncertainty regarding potential regulation looms as the FCC tries to address a market that has expanded far beyond traditional video providers and networks.
AT&T's ambitious move into live, linear 4K broadcasting via its DirecTV business has proven challenging, as the company was forced to cancel the first two of its planned 25 MLB game broadcasts due to technical challenges. The first broadcast was canceled due to problems with a third-party production truck, and the second was scratched when the satellite TV provider found the signal to be unacceptable in early testing.
DirecTV has demurred on a request from California Congresswoman Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) to return to the bargaining table with Time Warner Cable and discuss carriage of TWC SportsNet LA.
DirecTV has encountered some early bumps on the road to live 4K broadcasts but it is drawing on more than a year's worth of experience to sort through the struggles of being an early mover for the emerging technology.
DirecTV will be the recipient of both cheers and jeers as the early mover for live, linear 4K broadcasts in the U.S. At the moment, it's seeing the downside, as the first two of its planned 25 MLB games broadcast in 4K had to be scrubbed due to technical issues.
The market of subscription video-on-demand services grew even more crowded in the first quarter with three significant product launches. NBCUniversal introduced its $4-a-month Seeso, Sony expanded its PlayStation Vue offering, and Starz trotted out a standalone OTT service a few weeks ago. Even more new offerings are expected to come to market in the second and third quarters.