The 14 largest service providers added more than 190,000 broadband customers in the second quarter, the smallest add for a quarter in the past 15 years.
Cable operators – led by Charter and Comcast -- added 553,293 new subscribers while telcos saw their market share slip, losing 360,783 subs, with AT&T (down 123,000) being the biggest loser.
With Hispanic consumers gaining increasing attention from brands in the U.S., pay-TV operators have begun to scramble to get more content for their services. Atlanta-based Cox Communications is no exception, today announcing it had signed a deal to add Pasiones, a Spanish-language network that features telenovelas and drama series, and WAPA America, the cable network arm of the top broadcast network in Puerto Rico. Both networks are available on Cox’s Latino Pak video service.
The battle for disenchanted pay-TV subscribers is heating up, with a pair of operators today taking two different paths using skinny bundles as chum they hope will attract viewers.
Dish Network, which also has gone to a straight OTT offering to attract cord cutters and cord nevers with Sling TV, today floated a flexible skinny bundle to its pay-TV customers.
The race to capture the hearts and minds (not to mention pocketbooks) of Hispanics in the U.S. will soon be adding another streaming video entity: Glosi.
The soon-to-launch service from Cox Communications (it’s set to debut later this month) will be subscription based and ad free, according to the Atlanta-based pay-TV operator.
New research says strong pay-TV growth is anticipated in the Middle East and Africa region with subscriptions expected to reach 54.1 million by 2021, an increase of 67% since 2015, despite continued pressure from OTT video.
Despite adding 220,000 broadband customers, seeing huge success with its next-gen, cloud-based video platform, X1, and the continued erosion of its traditional pay-TV audience -- down another 4,000 this quarter – Comcast remains reluctant to commit to an OTT strategy that would allow it to pivot to become a virtual MVPD (VMVPD). But, Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts, in a Q2 earnings call today, didn’t rule the move out.
Nearly two-thirds (64%) of video service providers and three-quarters (73%) of content producers believe that consumers will pay 10% to 30% more for access to 4K/UHD content.
Multiscreen video service is nearly ubiquitous in Europe, with 92% of service providers now offering multiscreen services, nearly half (49%) providing access to third-party OTT services on their platforms, and 30% offering standalone, unbundled OTT services.
Increasing competition from OTT services, pressure from piracy and an uncertain economy are expected to slow pay-TV growth in the APAC region, a new report says, although its expansion is expected to continue at a healthy 5.8% annually through 2021.
Despite a tough economy and pressure from over-the-top video Brazilian pay-TV operators got a bit of relief in May as losses slowed to just 3,000 customers.
The market ended the month with 18.91 million subscribers, according to Anatel, Brazil’s telecom regulator, down from 19.51 million a year ago and the high of nearly 19.77 million in 1Q 2015.
European telecoms group Altice has wrapped up its $10B acquisition of Cablevision, which it now will merge with Suddenlink to create the fourth largest broadband provider in the United States. Altice paid $9.1 billion for a controlling stake in Suddenlink before it made the offer for Cablevision.
The new Cablevision will have 4.6 million customers in 20 states.
It’s only June so Dish Network isn’t likely to catch too much flak over its decision to drop the NFL Network and NFL RedZone from its pay-TV service during a carriage-fee fight that’s taken to the traditional he-said-she-said tone so many of these disputes do.
Dish is displaying a message on the now-vacant channel the NFL fare usually is on saying it’s open to a “fair offer that allows us to carry this content at an appropriate value to customers.”