Mediacom reported the loss of 17,000 video subscribers in the third quarter, leaving the New York-based, mid-sized MSO with 862,000 residential pay-TV customers across its two operating units. Mediacom ended the third quarter of 2014 with 900,000 video subscribers.
Mediacom said it has completed its direct fiber connection to Netflix, offering its customers improved broadband performance for the top streaming video service.
Multiscreen services company Synacor has announced a deal to provide portal, TV Everywhere authentication and search and discovery platform services to Texas operator Grande Communications.
Mediacom Communications, the nation's ninth largest MVPD provider, announced it will launch 1 Gbps speeds to residential users in a handful of its markets in Missouri starting at $149.99 per month. The company is using a combination of fiber and DOCSIS 3.0 to offer the services.
Nagra announced that it has begun allowing pay-TV operators to use its anyCast Connect client and OpenTV 5 connecter to offer Netflix over their set-tops.
The NAB is accusing pay-TV operators, specifically naming Dish Network, DirecTV and Mediacom, of manufacturing retransmission-related disputes with broadcasters in order to influence regulatory decision-making.
The battle between cable operator Mediacom and local TV broadcasters has reached epic levels of rhetoric, with the National Association of Broadcasters issuing a fiery filing with the FCC calling Mediacom's requests "silly" and its customer service "dismal."
Mediacom Communications reported that it lost just 12,000 video customers across its two operating units in the second quarter, despite experiencing two recent retransmission-related station blackouts. The Blooming Grove, N.Y.-based MSO finished the quarter with a total of 879,000 pay-TV subscribers, down from 919,000 at the end of June 2014.
Mediacom has renewed its broadcast retransmission license with Media General, ending a blackout that affected 16 stations in 14 markets.
The once fast-growing pay-TV set-top market is changing fast. And for set-top manufacturers, it's not for the better, as the forces of operator consolidation and pay-TV market maturity, as well as the emergence of cloud-based video distribution systems, begin to take their toll.