A growing firestorm of consumer dissatisfaction with regional sports channels--highlighted, but by no means restricted to the ongoing brouhaha about Time Warner Cable's deal to pay $8 billion for the video rights of the Los Angeles Dodgers--should create concern about whether Comcast can acquire TWC for $45.2 billion, an op-ed in The Consumerist maintains.
Verizon may be focused on enhancing its FiOS subscriber counts in the markets where it already built out fiber to the home (FTTH) infrastructure, but as seen in its first-quarter earnings results, it looks as though those markets are becoming saturated. Yet it's doubtful the company will expand into new markets for FiOS.
When 2014 March Madness reached 69 million video streams, TV Everywhere got the attention of not only the cable industry, but the world. But "there's still a gap" in viewing numbers between such events that's hindering TVE progress, a Turner executive said at The Cable Show.
Comcast's pending $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable was prevalent in nearly every conversation at The Cable Show, including the opening session where four of the industry's top executives weighed in on the deal.
Cox Communications has become the latest service provider to announce an intention to launch a 1 Gbps fiber to the home (FTTH) service, a move that will challenge both AT&T and Google Fiber, reports Bloomberg.
Cable MSOs touted the rapid expansion of their Wi-Fi footprints but stopped short of saying that they envision a day when their wireless networks may be competitive to cellular operators.
Los Angeles fans want to watch their Dodgers play baseball, and they don't necessarily want to switch service providers to Time Warner Cable to do so. The city's mayor took advantage of the presence of The Cable Show in the City of Angels to put across that point during a keynote address.
Cable industry's top executives bemoaned the ongoing authentication issues that plague TV Everywhere apps, complained about rising programming costs, and admitted to the growing threat of OTT players. However, they also said that without the underlying broadband infrastructure of the cable companies, OTT players cannot succeed.
Univision CEO Randy Falco is opposed to Comcast's $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable because it could harm Hispanic TV viewers.
The cable industry's eyes now turn to Los Angeles, which will host The Cable Show 2014, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association's annual trade show, at the Los Angeles Convention Center from April 29-May 1. FierceCable will be on hand covering the events, keynotes and panels as they happen. Check here regularly for updates from Fierce Editor-in-Chief Sue Marek and correspondent Craig Kuhl. To stay on top of all of the news, check here throughout the week at our Cable Show special report page.