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

FTC Files Complaint Against DirecTV Over Advertised Costs

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WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Federal Trade Commission has charged DIRECTV, the country’s largest provider of satellite television services, with deceptively advertising a discounted 12-month programming package because it fails to clearly disclose that the package requires a two-year contract. In addition, DIRECTV...Learn More

NTCA: Wireless Broadband Substitution for Landline Not Viable

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Wireless-based alternatives are not a viable substitute for landline broadband, according to a new report issued this week that was sponsored by NTCA- The Rural Broadband Association and written by Vantage Point Solutions. Terrestrial wireless networks are considerably more costly on a per-bit basis than...Learn More

Digitalsmiths: 4% of Pay TV Subscribers Plan to Cut Service

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Pay-TV providers have made great improvements to their video platforms and services, but they are increasingly feeling the competitive heat and being pressured “from all angles,” a new Digitalsmiths’ market research report highlights. Surveying over 3,000 consumers in the U.S. and Canada for its Q4...Learn More

LRG Details Cable TV Subscriber Losses

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The 13 largest U.S. pay-TV providers collectively lost about 125,000 video subscribers in 2014 on a net basis, according to new market data from LRG (Leichtman Research Group). Taken together the 13 pay-TV providers for which LRG gathered data on video subscriber numbers represent about...Learn More

Report: DOCSIS Shipments More than Double in One Year

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DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) channel shipments reached record-high levels in 2014 as cable operators continued to invest in technology that delivers higher data transmission speeds. DOCSIS channel shipments more than doubled, rising 114 percent worldwide year-over-year to total 4.8 million, according to...Learn More

Financial Researchers: Video Cord Cutting is Worse Than Believed

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Some video service providers may have breathed a sigh of relief recently as it was revealed that total video subscribership actually rose between third and fourth quarter 2014. But according to telecom financial analyst firm Moffett Nathanson Research, video subscriber numbers aren’t as strong as...Learn More

Title II Broadband and Small Carriers: ACA Asks for Exemption

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The American Cable Association, which represents several hundred small U.S. cable companies, is asking the FCC to exempt its members from Title II obligations for broadband service. Many of those small cablecos offer broadband as well as video services, which would make them subject to...Learn More

TDM-to-IP Transition: Operators Dismayed By FCC Backup Power Proposal

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Is the FCC trying to eat its cake and have it too when it comes to the TDM-to-IP transition? Two different carrier organizations suggested the answer is yes in comments filed with the FCC last week. At issue is how closely carriers will have to...Learn More

NTCA, ITTA, and COMPTEL Launch ‘Don’t Comcast the Internet’ Campaign

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Trade associations representing incumbent and competitive carriers have joined forces on a “Don’t Comcast the Internet” campaign opposing the pending Comcast – Time Warner merger. The associations include NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association, which represents small incumbent telcos; Comptel, which represents competitive carriers and ITTA (The...Learn More

Report: Multi-Screen TV Viewing Far Exceeds OTT Video Viewing

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Americans spend an average 175 hours per month engaged with a combination of multi-screen TV, four major Internet portals, YouTube and Facebook – 35 hours/month more than they spend working, according to recent Nielsen and comScore market research findings. Eighty percent of that time is...Learn More