Comcast Wireless Plans Confirmed, Details to Come

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Comcast CEO Brian Roberts confirmed that Comcast wireless plans are definitely in play, with a wireless service from the broadband and entertainment conglomerate expected sometime in 2017. Responding to questions at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference today, Comcast’s CEO offered more insight into Comcast wireless...Learn More

Skinny Bundle Research Quantifies Upside, Downside for Pay-TV Providers

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Pay-TV providers contemplating the prospect of offering “skinny bundles” of fewer TV channels face a difficult balancing act, according to skinny bundle research from Altman Vilandrie & Co. So-called ¨skinny bundles¨ composed of channels selected specifically to meet the viewing preferences of specific subscriber groups...Learn More

Subscription VOD Research Finds 29% Increase in Past Two Years

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Growing interest in ¨carousel¨ menu offerings, rising SVOD subscription sharing, growing adoption of TV network apps and a growing number of pay-TV TV Everywhere (TVE) offerings are highlights of new subscription VOD research from Digitalsmiths. Digitalsmiths’ 2Q 2016 video trends report found that the large...Learn More

Show Dumping Research: 37% Have Stopped Watching a Favorite Show

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TV viewers are increasingly “show dumping” – discontinuing viewing of even their favorite programs – due to rising costs and difficulties associated with watching them, according to new show dumping research research from TiVo. Surveying 5,500 pay-TV and OTT viewers in the U.S., Europe and...Learn More

FCC Set-Top Box Order Would Exempt Small Video Providers

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A proposed FCC set-top box order circulating within the commission would not apply to video service providers with fewer than 400,000 customers, but those providers could adopt the technology if they choose to, said FCC senior officials on a conference call with reporters yesterday. The...Learn More

36 Colleges/Universities Sign Up for Comcast’s Xfinity on Campus

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Three dozen universities have joined the ranks of Xfinity on Campus, bringing the total number enrolled in Comcast’s cable broadband and video service to 63. Including the University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame and University of Pennsylvania, the 36 that joined recently is eight...Learn More

Windstream Applies to Bring Its Kinetic TV Service to North Carolina

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Little Rock, Arkansas — Aug. 25, 2016 — Windstream (NASDAQ:WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications, submitted a formal bid on a cable TV franchise agreement with the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State to bring its Kinetic television service to more...Learn More

LRG Data: Telco Broadband Losses Accelerate, More Than Double

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According to research from Leichtman Research Group (LRG), major telco broadband losses are accelerating, more than doubling from a year ago. Collectively, major tier 1 and 2 telcos lost 360K broadband subscribers in 2Q16, compared with 150K in 2Q15. Compare that with major cable broadband...Learn More

LRG: Pay-TV Subscriber Losses Added Up to a Net 665,000 in 2Q16

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U.S. pay-TV subscriber losses continued to add up in 2Q 2016, some 120,000 more than they did in 2015’s second quarter, according to the latest market data from Leichtman Research Group (LRG). Accounting for some 95 percent of the market, the 11 largest U.S. pay-TV...Learn More

RCN, Grande Acquisition Highlights Hot Regional Cable MSO Consolidation Trend

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A regional cable MSO consolidation move by TPG Capital will create a new top ten cable MSO in the U.S. after a deal to acquire RCN and Grande Communications closes. TPG, a private equity firm with $70 billion in assets under management, is buying the...Learn More

U.S. Cable Industry Revenue Forecast to Hit $141 Billion in 2026

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A U.S. cable industry revenue forecast from SNL Kagan sees bright prospects ahead for the industry over the next 10 years despite threats from OTT video service providers. Revising its previous 10-year outlook slightly higher, the S&P Global Market Intelligence unit sees revenues growing for...Learn More

NFL Network and NFL RedZone Launch on Sling TV

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August 10, 2016  — ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Sling TV launched NFL Network and NFL RedZone on its live and on-demand Internet TV service. All Sling Blue customers will automatically receive NFL Network, while NFL RedZone is available to Sling Blue customers as part of the...Learn More