TiVo said it added 277,000 cable subscribers in the quarter ending April 30, including deployments of its Premiere DVR by Suddenlink Communications, RCN and international cable providers such as Virgin Media in the United Kingdom and Ono in Spain.
For more than a decade, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications and other major MSOs have focused the bulk of their marketing efforts on selling triple-plays of subscription video, Internet and phone service to subscribers for about $90 monthly. But with demand for high-speed service outpacing sales of the industry's core pay TV product, more cable MSOs are beginning to tout broadband only options.
Top executives at Suddenlink and Mediacom Communications came out in support Monday of the Television Consumer Freedom Act introduced last week by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
Comcast's Golf Channel launched a Golf Live Extra app for Apple's iPhone and iPad and Google Android mobile devices that lets authenticated subscribers watch live programming anywhere with an Internet connection.
Netflix said Monday that it added 2.03 million U.S. streaming video subscribers in the first quarter, growing its subscriber base to 29.17 million.
Alaskan cable operator GCI said Thursday that it launched TiVo's whole-home platform, which includes the TiVo Premiere DVR and the company's new Mini companion set-top.
Cablevision was the fastest major broadband provider in Netflix's rankings of the fastest ISPs in February, averaging 2.35 Mbps in its delivery of TV shows and movies to Netflix subscribers, the Internet video distributor said Monday.
TiVo began selling its Mini thin client set-top on Monday, which lets retail customers who buy its Premiere box access programming from the DVR on any TV connected to the device.
As might have been expected, Google Fiber came out on top in the January ISP carrier rankings compiled and released by Netflix. The 1 Gbps service in Kansas City delivered average speeds of 3.02 Mbps for Netflix streams, far outdistancing second place Cablevision Optimum.
The next generation of HDTV--4K, or UltraHD--is beginning to take root in Japan even as the current generation saturates the U.S. market, setting up a potential dilemma for service providers with a huge installed base of set-top boxes that would need to be replaced in order to handle 4K content.