Windstream CEO: Broadband and DIRECTV NOW Bundle Should be Effective Competitive Weapon Against Cable

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Windstream’s strategy for competing against cable companies will be based on a combination of Windstream broadband and other companies’ over-the-top (OTT) video offerings, said Windstream CEO Tony Thomas at an investor conference today. Asked about Windstream’s value proposition in the 50% of its local service...Learn More

Report: Disruption of the Traditional Bundle Will Only Get Worse, Next-Gen Bundles Now on Tap

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U.S. consumers are embracing next-gen bundles and telco and cable providers need to adapt or risk losing significant market share to disruptors, says market research firm Ovum. Their new report, Digital Consumer Insights 2017: Multiplay, outlines changing bundling trends. The traditional triple play bundle of...Learn More

CFO Touts Benefits of AT&T Broadband Bundles, Sees Broadband as a Growth Area Again

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AT&T broadband will be a growth area again, said John Stephens, senior executive vice president and chief financial officer for the carrier, at an investor conference today. He added that AT&T broadband bundles have helped the company minimize churn substantially. Stephens attributed AT&T’s improved broadband...Learn More

Comcast Wireless Offer, Xfinity Mobile, Will Include Creative Pricing Models

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Comcast’s eagerly awaited wireless offering, announced today, will use a Wi-Fi First approach which, as Xfinity Mobile President Greg Butz explained on an investor webcast today, aims to “make Wi-Fi easy.” Comcast wireless pricing also will offer some unique options, including an option to pay...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

CFO: TDS Telecom Fiber Take Rates Exceed Expectations

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TDS Telecom fiber take rates are exceeding expectations in the 28 markets where the company has deployed fiber to support broadband service at rates up to 1 Gbps, said Vicki Villacrez, chief financial officer for the company, in a presentation at a financial conference yesterday....Learn More

Charter’s Spectrum Internet Assist Targets Low-Income Seniors with 30 Mbps Broadband

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Charter Communications this week launched a low-income broadband service dubbed Spectrum Internet Assist that provides speeds of 30 Mbps downstream and 4 Mbps upstream for $14.99 monthly. The offering is considerably faster than low-income broadband offerings that have been available until now and considerably less...Learn More

Frontier Video Strategy Aims to Have IPTV in 50% of Footprint

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Frontier has a goal of offering a triple-play bundle of voice, video and data using its home-grown Vantage video offering in 50% of the company’s local service footprint, said Frontier President and CEO Dan McCarthy today. In the remainder of its territory, the Frontier video...Learn More

Survey: 20% of Video Streamers Intend to Cancel Pay TV

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A new study conducted by TDG (The Diffusion Group) for CSG Systems International reveals that 20% of video streamers intend to cancel pay TV. The results highlight OTT streaming video’s expanding incursion into pay-TV providers’ traditional market domain and the impacts of video streaming on...Learn More

Cincinnati Bell Skinny Bundle Strategy Latest to Test Pay-TV Bundle Status Quo

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A Cincinnati Bell skinny bundle strategy went live today, testing the limits of the pay-TV bundle yet again. The pared down bundle of channels is similar to a move made by Verizon last year, which was recently modified. The Cincinnati Bell skinny bundle is branded...Learn More

Monitronics/ Consolidated Communications Deal: A New Option in Home Security and Control

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Consolidated Communications Inc. (CCI) is trying a new approach to the home security and automation market. The news came to light in a press release from Monitronics — a security company serving customers throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico — about a new Monitronics/...Learn More

Have Changes to Verizon Custom TV Appeased ESPN?

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Verizon today announced significant changes to Verizon Custom TV programming packages – changes widely believed to be aimed at appeasing ESPN, which filed suit against Verizon when Verizon did not include ESPN channels in the initial Custom TV basic package. According to a Verizon spokesman,...Learn More

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