While much of the online video industry is keeping a close eye on Aereo's first hearings with the Supreme Court, the industry has seen a flurry of new announcements in just the past few days from large telcos, cable operators and satellite providers.
The FCC could be about to add a toll lane to the information superhighway for those willing to pay a fee to cut through the traffic. Multiple reports, started by a piece in the Wall Street Journal, indicate that the feds are hammering out the details of new rules that would let companies with the resources to do so pay ISPs a little--or a lot--extra to go faster on unclogged broadband networks.
Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus sees the MSO's focus on HotSpot 2.0 Wi-Fi access points as "complementary" to a cellular contract, but not likely a replacement, he said during an analysts' conference call this morning.
Time Warner Cable put a positive spin on the loss of 34,000 video subscribers in the first quarter, noting the loss was "the least in five years."
I had a whole other column lined up today around Aereo and its first day at the Supreme Court, but then things started going off on the online video front like popcorn in an air popper.
Dish Network is diving into deeper OTT waters, announcing it will make its linear TV available over-the-top to subscribers by the end of June. The satellite provider hopes to be the first to sell a full package of live-streaming channels and is negotiating rights with several broadcasters and distributors.
About a year after its launch, Fan TV has snared a big cable operator to push out its live TV and streaming content service--at least for the time being. Time Warner Cable said that it will launch Fan TV to its video subscribers starting in the second quarter of this year. As with all things TWC, however, that could be subject to change if and when Comcast acquires the nation's second biggest MSO for $45.2 billion.
Charter Communications is reportedly in line to get 1.5 million Comcast subscribers and a stake in a newly formed company that Comcast would spin off if it acquires Time Warner Cable.
Time Warner Cable announced plans to launch 300 Mbps service to customers in several New York City and Los Angeles communities where it has completed network upgrades.
Comcast will rely on two of its strengths--super-fast broadband and televised sports via its NBCUniversal group--to deliver "significantly higher" first quarter earnings, analysts predict ahead of tomorrow's earnings report.