Pay-TV operators around the world will aggressively deploy over-the-top services like Dish Network's Sling TV over the next five years to stave off cord-cutting, but these services will result in lower margins overall for the global industry.
The FCC wants to charge satellite operators DirecTV and Dish Network a per-subscriber regulatory fee, just as it does for cable and IPTV companies.
Dish Network's new over-the-top pay-TV service, Sling TV, has continued its aggressive buildout with the announcement of two more compatible devices: Android TV devices and Google Nexus Players.
Citigroup says that after it finishes digesting AOL, Verizon should seek to acquire Dish Network. "This AOL deal suggests a legacy business did not get in the way of Verizon's strategic aspirations," wrote Citigroup analyst Michael Rollins in a report sent to investors last week, after Verizon announced its $4.4 billion deal to acquire AOL.
With approval of the $49 billion merger of AT&T and DirecTV nearing, executives for Dish Network and Cogent Communications reportedly met with FCC officials last week and asked them to impose restrictions on the combined operation as it relates to online video.
Leichtman Research Group found that the 13 largest pay-TV operators grew video subscriptions by less than 10,000 customers in the first quarter, signaling a major slowdown from the 250,000 added in Q1 2014--but not the actual recession signaled by an earlier analyst report.
Although his comments didn't rise to the level of inflammatory rhetoric he's often known for, Dish Network chairman and CEO reminded investors Monday that Dish's pending talks with Viacom are pay TV's most anticipated upcoming carriage negotiation for a reason.
Early results for new OTT service Sling TV have been "encouraging," but the product needs to improve in the challenging technological area of streaming live TV, according to Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen.
Blackouts associated with carriage disputes continued to take a toll on Dish Network in the first quarter, with the satellite operator losing 134,000 customers to start the year.
CHICAGO--Speaking on an INTX panel Thursday focused on over-the-top distribution, Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch conceded that his new service experiences a greater amount of quick cancellations after sign-up, compared to traditional pay-TV services.