Right-wing media company Newsmax announced Thursday that it will launch a new pay TV channel intended to challenge incumbent Fox News for cable news audience share and advertisers.
A high-profile voice in the pay-TV programming arena chimed in on Comcast's proposed $45 million purchase of Time Warner Cable.
Kicking the tires on the widely held belief that AT&T's proposed $49.5 billion purchase of DirecTV will sail through the regulatory approval process, media analyst Craig Moffett crunched some of the key numbers federal officials will be looking at when they decide to approve or nix the deal.
Is former News Corp. president and chief operating officer Peter Chernin the man who is going to make the $49.5 billion AT&T/DirecTV merger work?
AT&T's proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV is not just about streamlining content costs and creating a platform for delivering video content to multiple screens. According to a top AT&T executive, the deal will also create synergies in advertising, set-top box development, billing and more.
AT&T announced plans to purchase DirecTV in a $49 billion deal on Sunday. The transaction could have significant ramifications for the cable industry, the online video industry, the wireless industry and the wider telecommunications industry. Click here for complete Fierce coverage of the deal.
A year ago, DirecTV chairman and CEO Mike White set off a huge wave of speculation regarding the fate of one of the most coveted programming assets in the pay TV industry when he declared "NFL Sunday Ticket" to be a "mature product."
Netflix Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt has seen the future of TV, and it doesn't include commercials. Speaking at Internet Week New York, Hunt said that TV's future will include unbundled cable packages, more personalized content and the end of commercials.
Potential partners Comcast and Time Warner Cable were cellar dwellers in both the pay-TV service provider and ISP category of the recent American Customer Satisfaction Index of communications industries. Comcast nailed a pay-TV score of 60 and ISP score of 57, and TWC came in at 56 and 54 respectively on a 100-point scale.
Now that AT&T's bid to acquire DirecTV is official, and the FCC's rules for the spectrum screen and the 600 MHz auction are finalized, the merger-and-acquisition landscape in the wireless industry is now much, much clearer. Specifically, the proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile US appears significantly more daunting, and a Verizon purchase of Dish Network's spectrum appears somewhat more likely.