Cablevision lost 14,000 pay-TV subscribers in the first quarter, but said it had the biggest quarter ever in tems of targeted advertising.
The company, which has 2.8 million subscribers to its video service and an equal number of broadband subscribers, also said it added 8,000 new broadband customers.
More good news for pay-TV operators as CenturyLink reported it added 24,000 Prism TV subscribers in the first quarter, a quarter that has shown some promise of stemming the subscriber erosion that operators – especially cable providers – have seen in recent quarters
The telco, which delivers an IPTV pay-tv service to about 200,000 customers, also said it had added some 66,000 high-speed Internet subs, taking it to 6 million Internet.
At the Cable Show, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler contended that cable operators were turning from the video business to focus more effort on growing their broadband business, which carried significantly larger margins.
As the race to be a “1 GB city” intensifies, Google is reporting that all 34 of the cities it’s proposed rolling out Google Fiber in have responded to its RFI that includes some, well, demands.
Google Fiber had a deadline of May 1 for the cities (see a list of all invitees) to respond to its 29-page checklist that included three “core” items:
LOS ANGELES - As Google Fiber and AT&T’s GigaPower make headlines for expanding their deployments of 1 Gigabit Internet service – AT&T is talking about a 100 city rollout, Google Fiber nearly three dozen -- other providers have quietly entered the race with far less fanfare.
Some tough talk from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler opened Day 2 of The Cable Show with the former head of the NCTA telling the group “Reports that we are gutting the Open Internet rules are incorrect.”
Wheeler said he’s intended to open the session with light banter, but instead dove right into net neutrality and “the future of the Internet.”
GoGo in-flight Wi-Fi changed business flying from a time to catch up on a good book to just another day at the office. AT&T says its new in-flight connectivity product will do that and more.
The telco has announced it will launch a competitor to GoGo in the form of a high-speed 4G LTE-based service for airlines and passengers in commercial, business and general aviation.
Verizon continued to see FiOS TV subscriber growth slow, with the telco adding just 57,000 subscribers, down from 169,000 adds in Q1 2013, 180,000 in Q1 2012 and 192,000 in Q1 2011.
Internet additions also slowed to 98,000 in the quarter compared to 188,000 in Q1 2013, 193,000 in Q1 2012 and 207,000 in Q1 2011.
The telco currently has 5.3 million FiOS TV subscribers and 6.2 million FiOS Internet subscribers.
NBCUniversal helped Comcast beat Q1 revenue estimates, with a boost from the Sochi Olympics, which brought in $1.1 billion in revenue.
NBCU revenue was up 29% Y/Y, with both Comcast’s cable networks and filmed entertainment segments also seeing double-digit growth.
Comcast’s EPS of 68 cents beat Wall Street estimates by 4 cents, as its $17.4 billion in revenue also topped analyst estimates by more than $400 million.
Woot! AT&T has just thrown down the gauntlet with a major initiative to roll out 1 Gigabit service to as many as 100 cities in 21 metro areas.
The telco said it’s deployment would deliver its pay-TV service, U-verse, with the new GigaPower service, to consumers and businesses.
AT&T said it would work with municipalities to discuss ways to bring the service to their communities.
Earlier this month, at the NAB Show, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler managed to stun broadcasters into silence when he told them to get serious about over-the-top delivery or suffer the same fate as canal barges at the hands of railroads and wired telephone service at the hands of wireless.
Or, perhaps, they were really just pissed off that this “cable guy” was telling them what to do. Either way, it made for an interesting morning.
U.K. telco TalkTalk and satellite provider Sky are partnering with fiber infrastructure provider CityFibre to build a 1 GB broadband service in York, a city about 210 miles north of London.
The network would be more than three times as fast as BT’s best available network speed.