Viacom has secured an important long-term carriage agreement with a mid-sized cable operator, announcing a pact with New York-based Mediacom Communications Wednesday.
Hulu says it has reached distribution agreements with five more cable operators: Armstrong, Atlantic Broadband, Mediacom Communications, Midcontinent Communications and WideOpenWest.
Cable MSOs continue to expand their wholesale access service portfolios, providing services to a mix of traditional carriers and wireless operators. Having a wholesale channel is another way cable can offset residential video subscriber losses. But the cable wholesale services market could be shaken up if two major multi-billion dollar deals are approved: Comcast/Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications/Bright House Networks.
What lies ahead for mid-sized pay-TV operators? With TV Everywhere struggling to rise, Local Choice on Congress' menu, and programming costs still spiraling, it's an interesting time for MSOs like Blooming Grove, N.Y.-based Mediacom. FierceCable Editor Dan Frankel spoke with Mediacom Group VP of Legal and Public Affairs Thomas Larsen about the state of the smaller operator. Read more
Being the VP of legal and public affairs for Mediacom, a mid-sized cable operator that provides service in the Heartland, Thomas Larsen faces a number of interesting challenges, including rising programming costs, Local Choice and TV Everywhere.
Just as you can tell a lot about the state of the overall economy by the perspective of its middle class, so it stands to reason that the status of the pay-TV industry can be nicely summarized by a mid-sized cable company operating out of the Heartland. For that insight, we talked to the outspoken Thomas Larsen, group VP of legal and public affairs for Mediacom.
Time Warner Cable, Bright House and Mediacom have expanded their TV Everywhere offerings to include more content for authenticated video subscribers.
Mediacom has filed a petition for expedited rulemaking with FCC, claiming that Washington rules have resulted in a dysfunctional current state of affairs in which a small, consolidating, ever-powerful group of content giants are using coercive tactics to force bundles of programming on smaller pay TV operators.
A pair of cable MVPDs plan to hike broadband speeds to meet customer demand and negate advances by competitors such as Google Fiber, AT&T GigaPower and CenturyLink.
CenturyLink may be the incumbent telco in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, but it is now facing a bigger threat from local cable operator Mediacom, which is planning to roll out a 305 Mbps speed tier.