Despite increasing competition from over-the-top players and from satellite providers, and declining subscriber numbers, the cable industry in the European Union has continued to grow with gross cable revenues topping €22.4 billion ($23.34 billion) in 2015, a 5.7% increase year-over-year.
More than half of cable revenues in 2015 (53%) came from Internet and phone services, according to a report from IHS Markit, with Internet revenues up nearly 10% to €7.2 billion.
NOS, Portugal's primary cable operator with over 1.5 million video households, is rolling out Espial’s next-gen hybrid IP Video service, Europe's first deployment of the RDK 2.1 environment and featuring capabilities including 4K resolution, advanced voice control, and personalization.
The service will be powered by the Espial G4 STB Client.
Broadband signups have begun to slow in the U.S. as the market begins to reach a point of saturation, but the 17 largest telcos and cable companies nevertheless added nearly 1.1 million new subscribers in the first quarter of the year.
Leichtman Research Group said the top broadband providers now account for more than 91.5 million subscribers – with cable companies having the lion’s share of subscribers, about 56.3 million, compared to 35.2 million broadband subscribers for telcos.
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.
Want a glimpse of the future? How about this: Tier 2 U.S. cable provider Mediacom is planning to spend $1 billion over the next three years to upgrade and expand its national broadband network, focusing on a wide-scale deployment of a 1 Gbps broadband service to virtually all of the 3 million homes and businesses within the 1,500 communities located in Mediacom’s Midwest and Southeast footprint.
Charter Communications, which added 115,000 high-speed Internet subs in Q4, sees the broadband business as a major opportunity that it so far has under penetrated.
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.
A pair of analyst firms see light at the end of the U.S. pay-TV industry’s subscriber woes.
Moffett Nathanson, in a research note, said improving subscriber metrics for Comcast, Charter and Charter acquisition target Time Warner Cable, suggest those three companies are doing better than the rest of the industry – notably telcos and satellite companies – and could expect to see market share gains in coming years, leveraging their broadband infrastructure investments.
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.
Major players in the U.S. pay-TV industry lost about 305,000 subscribers in the second quarter, prompting at least one industry observer to declare, tongue in cheek, “reports of the demise of pay TV have been greatly exaggerated.” Maybe.