Sandvine: HBO NOW Network Impact is Minimal

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Last week’s launch of HBO NOW, a streaming Internet video service that stands apart from HBO’s traditional subscription-based pay-TV cable service – marks a new approach via which traditional cable providers and TV broadcasters are looking to meet the competitive challenge from over-the-top (OTT) online...Learn More

Challenges to Title II Broadband Reclassification Pile Up

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You could say telecom organizations are piling on the FCC over the commission’s decision to reclassify broadband as a Title II telecommunications service. Associations representing wireless carriers and large and small cable companies today joined USTelecom in challenging the FCC’s decision. Associations filing protests with...Learn More

Wave Broadband Quietly Adds Residential Gigabit

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One network operator that is pursuing residential gigabit services quite broadly also has made relatively little fanfare about it. Wave Broadband began offering residential gigabit service in 2013 when it acquired CondoInternet, a broadband provider that specialized in bringing fiber to multi-dwelling units and to...Learn More

Ovum: Pay-TV, Broadcasters Want in On Streaming, Total OTT Subscribers Now at 100M

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The advent of OTT (over-the-top), direct-to-consumer streaming video services from pay-TV providers and broadcasters, such as HBO Now, CBS All Access and DISH’s Sling TV “herald in a new era in online streaming as premium, stand-alone services based on content once exclusive to traditional pay-TV,”...Learn More

ACA to FCC: Broadband Investment at Significant Risk Due to Rising Video Programming Cost

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The American Cable Association is asking the FCC to take steps to control steeply climbing programming costs. According to a study from the ACA and business consulting firm Cartesian, small carriers are seeing margins erode so sharply as a result of climbing programming costs that...Learn More

ABI: Pay TV Providers Need to Look to OTT to Sustain Pay TV Revenue Growth

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The pay-TV industry will grow at a slow 3.7 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2020 as sector participants struggle to find ways of curtailing customer churn and will raise, or at least maintain, average revenue per user (ARPU), according to new market research...Learn More

FCC Officially Documents First Ever Decline in Pay-TV Subscribers

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The number of multichannel video programming subscribers in the U.S. registered its first-ever full-year decline in 2013, dropping from 101 million to 100.9 million, according to an FCC annual report to Congress. The decline in pay-TV subscribers was felt entirely by traditional cable MSO multichannel...Learn More

The Weather Channel Joins America’s Best Communities Program

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April 02, 2015 — STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–America’s Best Communities Competition today announced that The Weather Channel is joining Frontier Communications, DISH Network and CoBank as a sponsor of the America’s Best Communities competition, a $10 million competition to revitalize small towns and rural communities. Conceived...Learn More

Sling TV to Launch HBO Now

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NEW YORK and ENGLEWOOD, Colo., April 1, 2015 – Sling TV and HBO today announced that Sling TV will be the first live Internet TV service to offer linear and Video-On-Demand (VOD) content from HBO. HBO will be available in time for the “Game of...Learn More

Charter/ Bright House Deal: Cable Industry Looks More and More Like Telecom

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The cable industry is looking more and more like the telecom industry with Charter Communications’ announcement today that it plans to acquire Bright House Networks. Charter already was positioned to be the nation’s second largest cableco as the result of a pending deal that would...Learn More

Report: Pay TV Revenues Peaked at $103 Billion in 2013

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North American pay-TV revenues peaked at $102.86 billion in 2013, according to a new forecast from Digital TV Research. Revenues will drop 11.7 percent ($12.04 billion) from 2014-2020, coming in at $90.71 billion in 2020, according to the researchers. Cable revenues across Canada and the...Learn More

Open Internet Order Reporting Requirements: Small Providers Get a Break

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Smaller broadband providers will not face new reporting requirements as a result of the Open Internet order adopted in late February – at least not immediately and possibly not longer-term. On a briefing with reporters about the order, released today, a senior FCC official said...Learn More