With more and more talk about consumers’ “quality of experience (QoE),” it’s not surprising that more companies are looking to grab a piece of that growing revenue stream.
Bridge Technologies – which is well-known for its QoS services for operators, said it’s broadening its focus to feature company’s Objective QoE with QoS monitoring technology.
Dish TV India added more than 508,000 new pay-TV subscribers in its latest fiscal quarter, a record.
The company this week said Q4 fiscal 2016 consolidated subscription revenues topped $109.4 million (Rs. 7,410 million) up 12.6% from a year ago, and operating revenues of $118.1 million (Rs. 7,993 million), up 9.5% year-over-year.
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.
The Civil War it’s not, but the battle between the pay-TV industry and the FCC nevertheless has created its own (continuing) fireworks. Monday’s keynote at the conference in Boston from Michael Powell, CEO and president of the National Cable Telecommunications Association, is a case in point.
Netflix has started adding new countries to its ISP Speed Index as traffic from its massive January international deployment is starting to kick in; this month nine Asian countries were added, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.
Over-the-top video is steadily moving toward center stage for Telefónica, which announced it’s already spent $100 million to update its Latin America satellite hub in Peru to support its online video growth strategies.
The center will play a key role in the expansion of its Movistar Play SVOD service, which it says will be available in a dozen countries by year’s end.
Tier 2 cable operator Suddenlink – which was acquired by French telecom Altice last year -- has joined kissing cousin Cablevision – which just this week got the FCC’s approval to be acquired by Altice this week – in offering Hulu directly to its subscribers. Suddenlink will make the SVOD provider available to customers through their TiVo-powered set-top boxes.
BT is planning to spend some £6 ($8.7 billion) on fixed and mobile networks over the next three years as it rushes to expand its fiber and 4G deployments.
Comcast this week said it would more than triple the current 300 gigabyte data caps it’s testing in select U.S. markets, giving customers the ability to use up to a terabyte of data, something the operator says isn’t an issue for more than 99% of its customers.
Charter Communications reporter bigger-than-expected losses for the first quarter of $188 million, or $1.68 per share, about double what Wall Street had expected.
The company blamed weakness in its video business for the disappointing earnings on revenue of $2.53 billion, up more than 7% and in line with analyst forecasts. A year ago, Charter lost $81 million (73 cents per share) in the first quarter last year.
Tougher times ahead for global pay-TV providers as new research says the world’s pay-TV providers will see revenues grow by just $99 million in 138 countries by 2021, a compound annual growth rate of 0.01%.
Verizon saw its FiOS video subscribers growth remain stunted in the first quarter, adding just 36,000 new customers and lending weight to rumors that the company may be looking to exit the traditional pay-TV market to focus on an Internet and mobile play instead.
The company reported EPS of $1.06, in line with Wall Street expectations, but missed expected revenues by $320 million, coming in at $32.17 billion.