More than four-in-10 U.K. households (HH) don’t have a pay-TV services, according to new research, which also forecasts only a slight improvement in the figure by the end of the decade.
According to new research from CCS Insight, more than one-third of HH will remain without a pay-TV service by the end of 2019.
And, said the report, expanding adoption of fiber broadband will help online video-on-demand services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant.
It hasn’t reached the level of vitriol seen in Comcast’s aborted attempt to acquire Time Warner Cable, but opposition to Charter’s bid to acquire TWC is picking up as competitors, public interest groups, industry accosiations and vendors put pressure on the FCC to block the deal that would make Charter the second largest cable operator in the U.S.
NAB wants station ownership review first
Google Fiber continues to lurk on the radar screens of service providers worried (but not too) that the upstart service could gain momentum and be a challenger down the road.
They might want to up their guard a bit.
Windstream, the telco that a year ago announced it was entering the pay-TV market with its Kinetic TV product in Lincoln, Nebraska, this week said it would next bring the service to Lexington, Kentucky.
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A robust and widespread fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network is delivering some of the fastest broadband to Uruguay and Argentina, as well as some of the highest broadband penetration in Latin America, a new report contends.
Argentina’s INDEC reports that nearly two-thirds (65%) of Uruguay’s households and 61% of Argentina’s HH are connected to the Internet, oftentimes seeing average download speeds exceeding 10 Mbps.
Cable operators added some 511,000 broadband subscribers in the second quarter, as the evolution of U.S. operators into ISPs continued apace in the second quarter.
Overall, the top 17 largest cable and telephone service providers in the nation added about 360,000 new Internet subscribers to their customer rolls, just less than the 385,000 they added in the same quarter a year ago.
Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus left no doubt about where he believes the pay-TV industry is heading, noting during this morning’s second-quarter earnings call that the pending acquisition of TWC by Charter would “create a leading broadband services and technology company.”
Fixed broadband networks continue to expand globally as demand for fast Internet connections – often specifically for over-the-top (OTT) video and subscription video on-demand (SVOD) – accelerates. Worldwide, the number of fixed broadband subscriptions increased to 720 million at the end of March 2015, some 50 million more than a year ago.
Costa Rican cooperative Coopeguanacaste (Cooperative Rural Electrification of Guanacaste) says it will roll out IPTV and Internet services by July 24, using its new fiber optic infrastructure for the fiber to the home service.
The launch is the first step in a broad deployment it expects to finish by 2022, with about 8,000 homes reached by the end of next year.
More than a half-million Australian households already are subscribing to Netflix, which launched there in March, reaching an estimated 1.42 million viewers.
A new report from Roy Morgan Research says Netflix is now in 559,000 homes, adding about 151,000 more homes in the past month.
Spain’s fiber to the home (FTTH) network is booming, as operators go all-in to deploy super-fast broadband across the country. A new report from regulator Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC) says the number of FTTH lines reached 1.933 million in the first quarter of the year, up from 740,000 a year earlier, an increase of more than 160%. As recently at 2013, Spain had just 288,000 FTTH connections.