DirecTV kicked off a marketing campaign for its 2013-2014 "NFL Sunday Ticket" package by launching YouTube video on Tuesday which stars NFL quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. The spot has gone viral, generating more than 2 million views by noon E.T. Wednesday.
Regulators may be more receptive to the idea of Dish Network merging with rival DirecTV if there is a new wave of consolidation involving cable MSOs, Dish chairman Charlie Ergen told analysts Tuesday.
DirecTV said Thursday that it lost 84,000 subscribers in the second quarter, an increase compared to the 52,000 net subscriber losses that it posted this time last year.
DirecTV has licensed dozens of patents that could help it deliver multiplatform content, according to a deal announced by Personal Media Communications.
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 Hulu's owners--21 st Century Fox, Walt Disney Co. and Comcast-owned NBCUniversal--have again withdrawn the company from the sales block, and will invest $750 million into the service themselves.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.