AMSTERDAM-- Despite all the hype and support for the 4K resolution standard, executives here at the IBC show offered some negative comments on the technology.
AMSTERDAM-- While some in Hollywood are heralding a golden age of quality TV, driven by investments in new shows and movies by the likes of Netflix and Amazon, some content providers here at the IBC show are warning of a slowdown in content innovation. Specifically, some executives here believe the growing interest in a la carte options and skinny bundles could ultimately stifle the development of new and experimental TV programs and content.
Here's the good news for pay TV: The recent Republican presidential primary debate was the highest-rated non-sports cable telecast of all time, giving Fox News more than 24 million viewers and underscoring the cultural relevance of TV broadcasts. Further, the cable news network reported it pulled in 7.9 million viewers in the key 25-54 year-old demographic.
Discovery Communications said it made a deal to sell long- and short-form programming to Verizon for its upcoming mobile video service.
Comcast and Discovery Communications announced a multi-year renewal of their just-expired carriage agreement, ending Wall Street fears that talks between the two companies could degenerate into a blackout.
Potentially pocketing more than $100 million, Time Warner Cable chief executive Rob Marcus leads a host of cable executives, traders and bankers who will profit handsomely through golden parachutes, advisory fees and investment returns should Charter Communications' proposed $56.7 billion takeover of TWC get approved.
"The cable guys aren't getting it done" on TV Everywhere. That was the terse message delivered Thursday by Discovery Networks CEO David Zaslav, addressing investors in the company's fourth quarter earnings call.
Ahead of what could possibly be contentious carriage negotiations with Comcast this summer, Discovery Networks on Wednesday announced a multi-year, multi-platform renewal with Cablevision.
It's been a long, strange trip for video on demand over the past few years, but thanks to over-the-top streaming, the concept of VOD is finally coming into its own. One person who's excited about the potential of OTT is John Hendricks, founder of the Discovery Channel and until last year the chairman of Discovery Communications. Hendricks spoke with Samantha Bookman, editor of FierceOnlineVideo, about the soon-to-be-launched SVOD service, the content niche it fills, and the parallels he sees between the cable revolution of the mid-1970s and today's online-video disruption.
After pioneering the nonfiction programming template that formed the backbone the cable industry for the last two decades, Discovery Communications founder John Hendricks is looking to become a part of the SVOD revolution that's currently undermining pay-TV.