Amid uncertainties about the futures of the ad market, the pay-TV bundle, and over-the-top distribution, the issue of cord cutting has been quiescent in third-quarter pay-TV earnings reports, says MoffettNathanson principal analyst Craig Moffett in a memo released Thursday.
Signaling a concerning trend for pay-TV operators in the North American market, DirecTV reported subscriber losses of 28,000 for the third quarter. This compares unfavorably to the 139,000 U.S. customers DirecTV added in Q3 2013.
As he aggressively dragged a program licensing dispute into Dish Network's third-quarter earnings report Tuesday, I had to chuckle a bit at this particular Charlie Ergen barb: Choosing to permanently ditch Turner Networks' channels, he said it "would be a little bit tougher if their original programming was a success like AMC."
UniTek, a Blue Bell, Penn.-based systems integrator servicing Comcast, DirecTV, AT&T and other top pay-TV operators, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will restructure with its creditors taking ownership.
Comcast will appeal a bankruptcy court decision to transfer ownership of regional sports network CSN Houston to DirecTV and AT&T. But according to the Houston Chronicle, which has been exclusively tracking the case, Judge Marvin Isgur refused Comcast's request to stay his decision in the Chapter 11 restructuring.
Seeking to get the upper hand in ongoing renewal talks with DirecTV, AMC Networks on Sunday broke out the old viewer scare tactics during its presentation of its hit zombie drama The Walking Dead.
A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a restructuring that calls for the sale of struggling regional sports network Comcast SportsNet Houston to AT&T and DirecTV.
Employees of companies that perform technical work for DirecTV have filed two dozen federal lawsuits in the last seven days, arguing that they should treated as employees of the satellite operator.
While that other big proposed pay-TV mega-merger has seen increasing amounts of flak thrown at it via FCC filings, the suggested union of AT&T and DirecTV seems to be mounting powerful backers in the media technology world.
Striking a defensive tone eerily similar to another FCC petition issued by Comcast three weeks ago, AT&T and DirecTV tried to distance their proposed merger from that being undertaken by Comcast and Time Warner Cable.