Speaking just two days after Netflix's much-buzzed-about season-two premiere of Orange Is the New Black, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht declared that the premium cable realm remains unchallenged in terms of producing quality original programming.
Time Warner Cable launched its TWC TV app on Amazon's Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HDX tablets and said Wednesday that it is now offering both live and video-on-demand content on Roku, Xbox 360 and Samsung connected TV devices.
Shares of Scripps Networks Interactive surged on Tuesday and Wednesday after news spread that Discovery Communications has its eye on Scripps. Together, a combined Discovery/Scripps would have a market capitalization of about $43 billion, according to media reports.
Time Warner Cable said it signed a new carriage deal with Starz which will allow it to offer subscribers TV Everywhere content and 12 multiplex networks.
Cox Communications said Monday that it added content from Starz's Movieplex channel to its video-on-demand platform and TV Everywhere service.
DirecTV is the first pay TV provider to agree to launch Pivot, a new premium network that says it will also let distributors sell it to broadband-only subscribers.
Comcast will offer all subscribers free access to HBO Go, Showtime Anywhere and TV Everywhere content from other cable networks during a week-long "Watchathon" event it will run at the end of March, Comcast Cable CEO Neil Smit said Monday.
Comcast said Thursday that its Xfinity TV customers who also subscribe to Showtime will be able to download Dexter, Homeland and other hit original series to Apple and Android tablets and smartphones for offline viewing.
Netflix's blockbuster three-year deal with Walt Disney Co. will probably change the way multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) approach their premium content delivery and the over-the-top space. From a content provider perspective, Starz--one of the big three premium channels, along with HBO and Showtime--will certainly feel the heat as it loses its rights to Disney content.
Google's recent bid to launch TV service, including channels from Starz and Showtime, over its Kansas City fiber properties apparently has caught the attention of Time Warner Cable. The cable TV incumbent in that market reported plans to hire more than 80 new employees locally in an efforts to boost its Kansas City workforce by about 9 percent.