DirecTV is going to pass on picking up Pac-12 Networks sports channels this season.
Comcast, Time Warner Cable and other cable operators lost about 2.5 million video subscribers between 2010 and 2012, according to the FCC's annual video competition report.
Major cable MSOs must consolidate in order to drive down programming costs and to achieve the scale needed to compete in the long run with Internet giants such as Apple and Google, Liberty Media Corp. chairman John Malone said in an interview published by The Denver Post on Saturday.
Forget about the idea of AT&T or any other service provider bulking up its online presence by adding Hulu to its portfolio. Hulu's owners--21 st Century Fox, Walt Disney Co. and Comcast-owned NBCUniversal--have again withdrawn the company from the sales block, and will invest $750 million into the service themselves.
Fox Networks is asking pay TV distributors to shell out 80 cents monthly per subscriber to carry new national sports network Fox Sports 1, with carriage fees climbing to $1.50 monthly over the life of multi-year contracts, Sports Business Daily reported Monday.
For the second time, Hulu's owners conducted a lengthy auction process only to decide not to sell the online video site.
Pay-TV operators such as DirecTV are said to be increasingly seeking the rights to deliver TV programming "over the top." But as indicated by a recent report in the Los Angeles Times that revealed the breadth of the hunt for those rights, content owners have so far been reluctant to grant them.
DirecTV is using dog food coupons and free canine ID tags to push subscribers to order the $5.99 monthly DogTV, which it plans to launch on Aug. 1.
DirecTV is reportedly still bidding for Hulu, while other potential buyers have dropped out of the auction for the online video site.
AT&T has reportedly joined Chernin Group to offer up a last-minute bid to acquire video streaming service Hulu.