Dutch cable TV operator Ziggo reported a first quarter rise in broadband, enterprise and wireless customers while at the same time reporting a decline in cable customers. This trend is similar to what U.S. operators are facing.
Vodafone, already the world's second largest mobile carrier, is looking to increase its footprint in the cable space as well--either through acquisition or competition, its top executive says.
British telecom giant Vodafone agreed to pay €7.2 billion ($10 billion) to acquire Spanish cable operator Ono, which counts 1.2 million subscribers and 7.2 million homes passed.
John Malone's Liberty Global has bought an equity stake in RDK Management, the joint venture Comcast and Time Warner Cable launched last summer to license software that can power subscription video delivered through IP video devices and hybrid set-tops.
Arris scored a deployment for its E6000 Converged Edge Router, announcing that Liberty Global's Unitymedia KabelBW cable operation in Germany deployed the product.
John Malone's Liberty Global dropped 50,000 basic video subscribers in the fourth quarter, and lost a total of 294,000 video subscribers in 2013.
The U.S. is hardly the only place where cable consolidation efforts--spurred at least in part by industry icon John Malone--are happening. In Europe, Malone's Liberty Global is in a battle with Vodafone Group to build continent-dominating pay TV empires.
John Malone's Liberty Global has agreed to acquire Ziggo in a deal that values the Dutch cable operator at $13.7 billion. Ziggo and LIberty-owned UPC combined will reach more than 7 million homes, or more than 90 percent of the market.
SeaChange International said Wednesday that it struck a deal with ThinkAnalytics which will allow it to add a program guide recommendation engine to the multiplatform video software package that it sells to pay TV distributors.
Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) has slapped a $500 million price tag on the OnCue platform that it has developed for use in a virtual cable platform, Bloomberg reported Monday.