Ownership of streaming media players continues to grow in the United States, with more than 36% of all broadband households owning at least one of the devices, new research says, up 9% from a year ago. And, according to a Parks Associates’ report, the top dog in the market is Roku.
Earlier this week, at the INTX Show in Boston, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said the cable operator had no intentions of launching a virtual pay-TV service outside its footprint.
But, that’s not the case with AT&T, which last year bought DirecTV and, in the process, becoming the biggest pay-TV player in the United States.
One of the cable operators missing from this week’s panel discussion at INTX was Bright House Networks, which in March agreed to be acquired by Charter Communications for $10.4 billion – contingent on the successful takeover by Comcast of Time Warner Cable.
Turns out it likely was a good idea not to have the two on the same stage, as their budding bromance reportedly is now kaput, too.
CHICAGO – Pay-TV operators see 4K/Ultra HD content as a legitimate differentiator, one that they believe can help attract, and hopefully keep, Millennials. So far, satellite pay-TV operators have been on their own in the UHD arena (and it’s been a very small arena at that), but that’s beginning to change.
This week at INTX, Comcast announced it would launch a 4K/UHD set-top box later this year as it brings the Xfinity in UHD catalog to the X1 platform.
CHICAGO -- With the exception of Comcast’s Brian Roberts, all the big names in cable were on stage together this morning at the Internet & Television Expo.
So it was no real surprise when moderator CNBC’s Julia Boorstin made her initial question one about consolidation in the industry.
CHICAGO – FCC Chief Tom Wheeler may once have held the top spot in the cable industry’s trade association, but that was another time. Many of the folks he once rubbed shoulders with today sat in stony silence during his keynote address to attendees of INTX, the industry’s renamed annual meeting.
CHICAGO – Satellite TV subscribers are more likely than cable subscribers to cut the cord in favor of an OTA DVR, a new study says.
The study, fielded by TiVo, polled more than 500 recent purchasers of its Roamio OTA DVR box and found that 32% were formerly satellite pay-TV users, many of whom cited dissatisfaction with cost and overall features of their service provider as the impetus for their switch.
TiVo has been gaining momentum of late inside the cable industry.
CHICAGO -- At the Cable Show, er, INTX, speed is the order of the day.
It seems like only a year or so ago that cable and telco execs were pooh-poohing the news that Google Fiber had launched 1 Gbps Internet in Kansas City. Now, an increasing number of them are joining the “me, too” club.