How are pay-TV distributors thinking about online video? Investors got an idea this week as executives at two of the largest distributors fielded questions from stock analysts about their approaches.
DirecTV said Tuesday that it added 139,000 net video subscribers in the third quarter. That was a big improvement compared to Q3 2012, when it lost 52,000 customers.
HIGH TV 3D said it launched on Bermuda CableVision, and the New York-based network could be close to striking a carriage deal with a U.S. distributor.
While the National Football League has received criticism for moving eight regular season games to NFL Network, the league would still consider new distribution outlets, including other cable networks or the Internet, CEO Steve Bornstein told the Los Angeles Times.
British set-top maker Pace Plc purchased equipment maker Aurora Networks for $310 million in a deal that is expected to produce $8 million in synergies by year-end and boost the company's 2014 earnings. Pace also will pay an additional $13 million in tax benefits upon closing the deal.
TV station group owner News-Press & Gazette Co. warned DirecTV subscribers in several states that they could lose its feeds as early as today if the top satellite provider doesn't sign a new retransmission-consent contract.
Cox Communications has launched a social TV rewards program called Cox MVP Community which it may use to offer rewards to subscribers who can earn points for recommending content to friends on Facebook and Twitter.
DirecTV said Monday morning that it had resolved a technical glitch which saw subscribers in several major markets lose access to local broadcast TV channels, including customers in New York, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Alabama, Illinois and Maine.
Comcast's NBCUniversal subsidiary filed an involuntary bankruptcy petition on Friday aimed at letting it take full ownership of Comcast SportsNet Houston, the regional sports network controlled by the Houston Astros.
DirecTV plans to hike the fees on its subscription packages in 2014, but not higher than the 4.5 percent increase that it took in February, CEO Mike White said earlier this week.