While executives at major programmers like Viacom and Walt Disney Co. have predicted in recent weeks that a virtual multichannel programming distributor could soon emerge, I'm beginning to wonder if the concept is little more than hype.
Nine months after DirecTV CFO Patrick Doyle told analysts that the company was open to sharing "NFL Sunday Ticket" with other pay TV distributors, CEO Mike White said Thursday that he expects DirecTV will keep exclusive rights to the popular programming package.
DirecTV could announce a new streaming TV service, Citigroup analyst Jason Bazinet wrote in a note to investors according multiple reports. DirecTV is set to host an investor day Thursday.
A top executive at encoding technology vendor Elemental Technologies said he expects several broadcasters to deliver 4K Ultra HD programming from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and that multiple providers worldwide will launch 4K programming tiers in the second half of 2014.
A new web-connected, broadcast-only DVR project is trying to raise money on Indiegogo. The would-be makers of Tablo have turned to the crowdfunding site to fund and promote its new hardware. But a device that seems like a surefire hit is facing plenty of challenges.
DirecTV said Wednesday that it has invested in digital video startup firms LiveClips and i.TV.
DirecTV said that it lost the feeds for ABC and Fox affiliates that cover the Springfield, Mass., market, after its retransmission-consent contract with Gormally Broadcasting expired on Sunday.
Satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network topped a recent pay-TV customer satisfaction study from London-based research firm YouGovBrandIndex.
The National Football League could use the Internet to stream live games, but whether the nation's most popular sport moves to virtual distribution is "completely a business issue," Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said Friday.
For nearly a decade, most pay TV distributors have deployed DVRs containing two tuners and a maximum of 250 GB of storage space. But with the rollout of their respective Hopper and Genie DVRs in 2012, Dish Network and DirecTV forced rival cable operators and telcos to invest in new gear.