Comcast's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable is not necessarily expected to punch up the volume of dealmaking this year, but it is expected to boost prices, according to a new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Dish Network might be able to revive a once-defeated merger with DirecTV in today's regulatory environment--if the merger could be positioned as a response to a merged Comcast-Time Warner Cable. But, economically, it's not feasible, Charlie Ergen, co-founder and chairman told analysts.
Dish Network had a successful first quarter when it came to adding subscribers to the fold and generating revenue. The company wasn't quite as successful when it came to net income.
The cable industry is facing an onslaught of new competition from over-the-top players like Amazon's Fire TV, Netflix and more. But the biggest threat is likely coming from Dish Network, which earlier this year inked a carriage deal with Walt Disney, said a group of financial analysts speaking at The Cable Show here.
I had a whole other column lined up today around Aereo and its first day at the Supreme Court, but then things started going off on the online video front like popcorn in an air popper.
Dish Network is diving into deeper OTT waters, announcing it will make its linear TV available over-the-top to subscribers by the end of June. The satellite provider hopes to be the first to sell a full package of live-streaming channels and is negotiating rights with several broadcasters and distributors.
Dish Network hopes to be online and running with an Internet TV service as early as this summer, Bloomberg reports.
The Walt Disney Co., with a portfolio at least as diversified as Comcast, is riding high on its cable TV networks and the initial online offerings of ESPN as the company takes those networks in a new direction.
Dish Network and Hearst Television are in the final hours of a retransmission battle that could black out 29 local Hearst TV stations in as many markets.
Bright House Networks and DirecTV were the top two pay TV distributors in Temkin Group's annual customer service rankings, while Comcast and Charter Communications received the lowest ratings in the sector.