Top executives from Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications offered a sneak peek this week at how cable operators will attempt to use TV Everywhere rights deals they've stuck with programmers to poach subscribers from DirecTV and Dish Network.
The average Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse TV subscriber spent $25.29 on video-on-demand movies in 2012, outspending cable and satellite TV subscribers, NPD Group said Monday.
DirecTV and Sinclair Broadcast Group said late Thursday that they signed a short-term extension on their retransmission-consent agreement, which prevented Sinclair from pulling 87 stations in 47 markets from the satellite TV provider.
DirecTV may be developing the pay TV industry's first 4K, or ultra HD network, according to several trademark applications it filed last week.
DirecTV lost the feed for ABC affiliates in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau, Alaska, on Sunday, after its retransmission-consent deal with station owner Vision Alaska expired.
DirecTV accused Sinclair Broadcast Group of attempting to "frighten" subscribers in 47 markets with its threat to pull 87 stations that carry programming from Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC and other networks unless it agrees to pay increased retransmission-consent fees.
DirecTV will soon begin charging about 5 million subscribers in New York, Los Angeles and other markets with expensive regional sports networks monthly surcharges of $3, CEO Mike White said Thursday.
While DirecTV ( Nasdaq: DTV ) saw net subscriber growth slow to 103,000 in the fourth quarter, the company said fewer customers canceled service than they did in 2011.
America Movil reported on Wednesday that Q4 2012 revenues dropped 1.1 percent sequentially to MXN 198 billion (USD 15.6 billion ) despite seeing strong gains in both wireless and pay-TV service.
TV station group owner Belo Corp. predicted Friday that it will see increased revenue later this year thanks to retransmission-consent deals it expects to strike with pay TV distributors.