How did pay-TV distributors including cable MSOs, IPTV and satellite providers perform in 2014's first quarter? In this earnings summary, we list results for the biggest cable industry players, broken down by distributors, select programmers, vendors and online video providers.
Online video has become a Wild West shootout with new media company gunslingers battling to sign programmers to long-term deals. The latest winner in the battle--although the war has just begun--is Amazon, which signed an exclusive multiyear online deal with HBO.
Cable operators who might be laser-focused on keeping customers from fleeing to Netflix have just gotten a bigger headache. AT&T and The Chernin Group say they're putting $500 million into a joint venture to "acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top video services."
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.
About 667,287 subscribers have already given the WWE's new online network a thumbs up—at $9.99 a month with a requisite six month buy-in—and projections are that the number will grow to a million by the end of the year.
Hulu has signed a multi-year rights deal with Comcast's NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution subsidiary which will give it exclusive rights to previous seasons of several NBCU original series, including E! hit "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" and Bravo's "The Real Housewives."
New findings from Deloitte's Eighth "Digital Democracy Survey" confirm what MVPDs already knew, or strongly suspected: U.S. consumers are becoming "digital omnivores," devouring content across tablets, smartphones and laptops.
Seven months after Jim Dolan's Madison Square Garden Co. announced that it would build an entertainment complex in Las Vegas, DirecTV said that it is looking at venues for a new form of boxing programming debuting this summer that it described as "an aggressive new sport" which will "encourage aggressive punching and reward offensive fighters."
Cartoon Network is planning to move some small chunks of content off the cable TV platform and onto the mobile phone later this year with a "micro technology" app that delivers 15-second content bursts to mobile devices.
Aereo plans to announce that it'll launch in Austin, Texas, on March 3, according to a report Monday from the Austin American-Statesman.