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Hong Kong Broadband to bundle TVB's OTT TV as competition ramps up
APAC, OTT, Content Deals, Broadband
Hong Kong Broadband Network to bundle TVB's OTT TV as competition ramps up
Feb 18 2016 6:00 AM

Hong Kong Broadband Network is partnering with broadcaster TVB to introduce a bundle of services combining high-speed home Broadband with TVB’s soon-to-be launched myTV SUPER, an over-the-top content service.

Comcast adds 89,000 pay-TV, 460,000 broadband subs in Q4
Pay TV, Earnings, Broadband
Comcast adds 89,000 pay-TV, 460,000 broadband subs in Q4
Feb 03 2016 7:15 AM

Comcast beat Wall Street estimates on revenues for Q4 2015, with sales of $19.08 billion for the quarter, off $320 million; EPS was 81 cents, missing by 1 cent.

For the quarter Comcast added 89,000 video customers, editing the year down 36,000 customers, its best video subscriber numbers in eight years and a result that CEO Brian Roberts, during the company’s earnings call, described as “heroic.”

CenturyLink expanding IPTV service in Minnesota; goes toe-to-toe with Comcast
Pay TV, Broadband, IPTV
CenturyLink expanding IPTV service in Minnesota; goes toe-to-toe with Comcast
Feb 02 2016 9:00 AM

There’s no way to confuse CenturyLink with Comcast; one has some 269,000 pay-TV subscribers, the other 22.3 million. But the Monroe, La.-based telco believes it can create an alternative market in the Twin Cities and nearly two-dozen surrounding cities with its Prism IPTV service.

The company says it’s deploying a multi-tier offering that starts at $35 monthly for its 140-channel Prism Essential product, to $80 monthly for its 320-channel Prism Premium package.

AT&T combines Internet/pay-TV unit with mobile as telco realigns for future growth
Pay TV, Mobile, Broadband
AT&T combines Internet/pay-TV unit with mobile as telco realigns for future growth
Feb 01 2016 3:00 PM

AT&T is wasting little time in leveraging its new DirecTV assets to help build its over all video product, so it should come as no surprise that there’s been a realignment among top executives that is aimed at unifying video with mobility – especially as mobile increasingly becomes the screen of choice for a variety of video genres.

Canadian ISP rolls out new IPTV service on its 1-gig Internet
IPTV, Pay TV, Broadband
Canadian ISP rolls out IPTV service on its new 1-gig Internet
Jan 15 2016 7:15 AM

Urban Communications, a decade-old Internet service provider in the Vancouver, British Columbia area, is rolling out a new IPTV service based on its recently launched 1 Gbps Internet service. Its IPTV play includes a basic package of 90 channels (35 HD) for $29/mo.

Comcast’s system upgrade could leave some Chicagoans seeing SD, but will up broadband speeds
Broadband, Pay TV, Millennials
Comcast’s system upgrade could leave some Chicagoans seeing SD, but will up broadband speeds
Jan 06 2016 8:00 AM

Some Comcast customers in Chicago could lose their HD channels as the operator completes an upgrade to its system that requires subscribers use new set-top boxes to access them.

‘State of Internet’ report shows fixed broadband in emerging markets still lags
Broadband, LatAM, APAC, EMEA, Mobile
‘State of Internet’ report shows fixed broadband in emerging markets still lags
Dec 16 2015 7:30 AM

Global average connection speed increased slightly (0.2%) to 5.1 Mbps from the second quarter, accounting for a 14% increase year-over-year. South Korea had the top average connection speed at 20.5 Mbps, despite a year-over-year drop of 19% since the third quarter of 2014.

Videomind Podcast: top TV and media news
OTT, Broadband, Ooyala News
Videomind Podcast 12/4: YouTube Red courts Hollywood, New Charter under attack, new OTT services & more
Dec 04 2015 12:45 PM

Hack and Flack are back, with a new review of the week's top TV and media headlines. In play this week: YouTube Red courting Hollywood studios for exclusive content, Dish Networks attacks New Charter in FCC hearing, new OTT services from NBCUniversal and Discovery, the latest research on Pay TV subscriber loss and cord shaving, and more. 

Can Dish’s Charlie Ergen sink ‘New Charter’ before it floats? Maybe
Mergers & Acquisitions, Pay TV, Broadband, Commentary
Can Dish’s Charlie Ergen sink ‘New Charter’ before it floats? Maybe
Dec 03 2015 6:00 AM

Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen has taken the satellite operator’s campaign against the proposed Charter-Time Warner Cable merger to a new level, this week slamming the deal at a gathering of top FCC staffers as one that could harm “degrade” or “destroy” online video competition, and again singled out his own OTT play, Sling TV, as a potential casualty if the merger is approved.

Cable eats telco’s broadband lunch in Q3, adding 790,000 subscribers
Broadband
Cable eats telco’s broadband lunch in Q3, adding 790,000 subscribers
Nov 17 2015 6:00 AM

As broadband penetration in the United States approaches saturation, broadband ads are slowing, but only slightly. A new report said the top 17 operators added more than 645,000 new high-speed Internet customers in the third quarter.

That number was down slightly from 3Q 2014, when the industry added 700,000 new subscribers.

Analyst: Ultra HD is no 3D & will be in most people’s homes
UHD, Broadband, Pay TV
Analyst: Ultra HD is no 3D & will (eventually) be in most people’s homes
Nov 09 2015 5:45 AM

More than 350 million UHD TVs are expected to be in homes across the world by 2019, with the biggest growth in China, followed by North America and Western Europe.

Paul Jackson, practice lead, media and entertainment at researcher Ovum, told an audience at OTTtv World Forum in London today that there already is enough 4K content available to drive the technology to consumers, but stressed that transmission to the home “is where things could go horribly wrong.”

Comcast reports strong broadband growth as business focus continues to shift
Service Providers, Pay TV, Broadband
Comcast reports strong broadband growth as business focus continues to shift
Oct 27 2015 7:30 AM

Broadband growth highlighted Comcast’s Q3 earnings, as the operator added 320,000 new Internet subscribers and saw revenues from its Internet business climb more than 10%.

The cable operator lost 48,000 video subscribers, better than last year’s 81,000 dip, and saw its broadband business continue to increase its subscriber lead over pay TV. Comcast now has 22.87 million broadband subscribers compared to 22.26 million pay-TV subscribers.

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