Amazon Dish Partnership Rumors Persist

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A long rumored potential Amazon Dish partnership is gaining more attention, thanks to a Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones report. The two companies share disruptive pedigrees and both have eccentric chief executives, and may have assets that the other could leverage. Dish has a boatload of...Learn More

LRG: Gutting of AT&T U-verse Sinks Telco Video Momentum, Cable and OTT Rejoice

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The nation’s leading cable TV providers experienced the lowest number of annual video subscriber losses since 2006 last year, the year telcos first introduced video services, according to the latest from LRG (Leichtman Research Group). The nation’s six largest cable companies lost some 280,000 video...Learn More

TDG: Pay-TV Decline Pegged to Broadband Household Growth

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New research from TDG highlights the relationship between broadband growth and pay-TV decline. Just over 1 in 5 broadband households (22%) have no legacy pay-TV subscription, representing roughly 22 million homes, according to TDG. TDG points to this pay-TV decline in the context of broadband...Learn More

DISH Tuned In To You Campaign Aims to Improve Customer Satisfaction

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A new DISH Tuned In To You campaign aims to stem declining subscriber numbers and customer satisfaction. The campaign revolves around a broad-based corporate acculturation initiative that encompasses listening more closely and responding more quickly and substantively to customer complaints and suggestions, promoting a “customer-first...Learn More

Poor Pay-TV Customer Experience Leads One in Four to Cancel Subscription

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Relying on the strength of their content to attract and retain subscribers is no longer an option for pay-TV service providers. In an increasingly competitive market, they have to “raise their customer relationship management game,” according to new research about the pay-TV customer experience from...Learn More

GfK MRI: Millennials Comprise 43% of Cordless Video Market

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Young adult Millennials (18-34) make up 43 percent of the U.S. cordless video market, defined as those who never have had cable, satellite or fiber optic TV service or “cut the cord” on these services, according to GfK MRI’s latest Cord Evolution research. Nearly one-third...Learn More

AT&T Says Total DIRECTV NOW Subscribers Push Video Net Adds to 200K

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In an 8-K filing with the SEC, AT&T revealed total DIRECTV NOW subscribers drove 200K net adds to their video portfolio, as of the end of 2016. The filing highlights an expected quarterly loss of $1 billion for AT&T, driven primarily by pension and benefits...Learn More

Digital Media Player Survey: 58% Watch Regular TV As Well

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A shift in factors motivating viewers to buy digital media players is under way, according to a new digital media player survey from GfK. Rather than considering them as the means to ¨cut the cord¨ on traditional cable, DBS and telco pay-TV services, viewers are...Learn More

Video Cord Cutting Data: TelcoTV Losses Contribute to Record Declines for Pay-TV

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Market research highlighting cord cutting data from SNL Kagan reveals the number of subscribers to cable, direct broadcast satellite (DBS) and telco multichannel video services (telcoTV) dropped by 430,000 in 3Q’16. Results are a bit worse than they were for the same period one year...Learn More

J.D. Power: OTT Video Satisfaction is Higher Than for Traditional Pay-TV

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Whether it’s subscription-based or transactional streaming, OTT video satisfaction is significantly higher for U.S. viewers in comparison with traditional pay-TV offerings, according to J.D. Power. And that’s fueling the rising ¨cord-cutting¨ trend, according to the three latest J.D. Power U.S. ¨wireline¨ market studies released Sept....Learn More

Proposed FCC Independent Video Programming Rules Would Prohibit Certain Clauses

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Proposed FCC independent video programming rules aim to give providers of such content more negotiating power with pay-TV providers by prohibiting certain contract clauses. The proposed changes came in the form of a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) adopted today at the monthly commission meeting....Learn More

LRG: 82% of TV Households Subscribe to Pay-TV, Back to 2005 Levels

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Just over 8 in 10 U.S. TV households subscribe to pay-TV service, according to a new estimate from Leichtman Research Group (LRG). That’s down from 87% in 2011, but level with an 82% reading in 2005. Furthermore, 14% of those who paid for pay-TV subscriptions...Learn More

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