DirecTV ranked No. 1 among pay-TV service providers in J.D. Power's annual survey of consumers on TV, Internet and phone service providers.
With the overall U.S. satellite TV business losing 214,000 customers in the second quarter-- and losing pay-TV market share to cable for the very first time-- MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett says the sector is now officially a mature business that is no longer growing.
Hopes have ended that AT&T's closure on its $49 billion DirecTV acquisition will spur a quick deal between the satellite TV operator and regional sports channel the Pac-12 Network.
Time Warner Cable will cancel some non-game programming an lay off 30 employees at its Southern California regional sports networks, including carriage-starved TWC SportsNet LA.
AT&T Mobility dominated the past month in terms of having TV advertising that consumers were sharing online and talking about, according to a report from TV advertising measurement firm iSpot.tv. The ads covered a variety of different AT&T initiatives and marketing plans and beat out new ads from Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US. Sprint did not have an ad that cracked iSpot.tv's top five rankings for advertising effectiveness in the past month.
AT&T has two ambitious missions in front of it: bring 1 Gbps FTTH service to an additional 12.5 million homes per its agreement with the FCC to get its DirecTV deal approved and scaling its satellite TV service. But it faces the lingering question of how it will meet these goals.
The slowdown in the pay-TV market is not a concern for AT&T because the company is well positioned to take advantage of the migration of customers from traditional pay-TV to over-the-top video viewing, according to a top AT&T executive.
DirecTV has come to terms on a new broadcast retransmission deal with Utah-based NBC affiliate KSL-TV, ending a three-week blackout that affected nearly 200,000 subscribers.
AT&T no longer offers its U-verse TV Everywhere customers the ability to download content to their mobile device for offline viewing. Instead, users must stream all their TV Everywhere content over an Internet connection.
While the telecommunications industry continues to wait for detailed mobile video plans from AT&T in the wake of its consummated merger with DirecTV, company Senior VP and CFO John Stephens described in broad terms a transactional service that would let AT&T customers easily purchase, view and authenticate programming on any device.