Charter Communications said it agreed to a new retransmission-consent contract with LIN TV, hours before the broadcaster planned to pull its TV stations from subscribers in Alabama, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Oregon and New England.
Gannett Broadcasting is warning DirecTV subscribers that they may lose the feeds from ABC, CBS and NBC affiliates that it owns in 23 markets unless the satellite TV provider agrees to pay increased retransmission-consent fees by Friday.
Five multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs)--AT&T U-verse, Verizon FiOS, Cablevision, Dish Network and DirecTV--have lined up to deliver an American Express-branded digital channel that the credit card company is using to promote its capabilities.
DirecTV is attempting to woo subscribers shopping online Monday with a $25 monthly subscription video package that includes 140 cable networks and three free months of HBO, Showtime and Starz.
American Express said it has launched interactive advertising channels that will help promote its credit cards to Cablevision, Verizon FiOS TV, AT&T U-verse TV, DirecTV and Dish Network subscribers.
Time Warner Cable said late Thursday that DirecTV agreed to launch Time Warner Cable SportsNet, leaving Dish Network the last major holdout for the regional sports network that carries Los Angeles Lakers games.
North American business is being credited with helping U.K.-based Pace Plc generate revenues "in line with management expectations and ahead of last year," the company said in an interim management statement.
The death knell is again sounding for the pay TV business, as multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) across the board reported subscriber growth slowdowns in the third quarter of 2012 at the same time there was a housing resurgence which should have signaled a pick-up in subscriber growth.
DirecTV said Tuesday that it grew its subscriber base by just 67,000 during the third quarter. That's a significant drop from the third quarter of last year, when the top satellite TV provider gained a record 327,000 net new subscribers.
In today's spotlight, FierceTelecom takes a look at service providers that are delivering VDSL over copper networks to compete with broadband services marketed by cable operators.