While Dish Network reported increased subscriber churn in the first quarter, executives told analysts Thursday that they expect its new Hopper DVR will help it improve retention and drive increased revenue from homes that take the product.
DirecTV said it added 21,000 net U.S. subscribers in the first quarter, down sharply from the 81,000 it picked up in the same period last year.
Charter Communications said it lost 24,000 video subscribers in the first quarter, with its performance dropping a whopping 220 percent compared to this time last year, when it gained 20,000 video customers.
Comcast said it will double the recording capabilities later this month on its X1 home video gateways to allow subscribers to record four TV shows or movies simultaneously while watching a fifth program.
When cable networks and distributors fail to agree on terms for a new contract, it often comes down to who can endure the most pain from a blackout that could leave subscribers without their favorite shows. Using the threat of a blackout has become a key negotiating tactic for both programmers and distributors, and PR strategy is now as essential as a skilled affiliate sales team.
In today's spotlight, FierceIPTV talks to Viggle President Greg Consiglio about how the company is looking to make a business out of selling ads to marketers who can reach viewers using its social TV application on smartphones and tablet computers.
DirecTV is stepping up its investment in original programming, announcing that it'll begin shooting an original drama series called Full Circle this summer at its broadcasting center in Los Angeles.
DirecTV said it struck a long-term rights deal with the Seattle Mariners, which gives the baseball team the majority stake in Root Sports Northwest, one of its three regional sports networks
Amdocs launched a new Wi-Fi product that could be used by cable MSOs to support subscribers on Wi-Fi-based phone services or to allow customers watching video on a tablet in their homes to stream the video uninterrupted on their way to work.
With DirecTV, AT&T's U-verse TV and Suddenlink Communications refusing to carry new regional sports network Comcast SportsNet Houston six months after its launch, the distributors are facing increased pressure from city officials in Houston.