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Operators, Cord Cutting
In the U.S., service providers face triple cord-cutting threat
Dec 15 2016 11:30 AM

U.S. operators – especially telcos – are facing a triple cord-cutting threat as subscribers are dropping their landlines, traditional pay-TV subscriptions and, increasingly, broadband plans, as consumers look to mobile as their one-source supplier.

Researcher Ovum’s World Broadband Information Service says the trend is “looming” over U.S. operators, but adds that other regions also are potentially facing disruption on all three fronts.

Charter, Arris to partner on next-gen ‘WorldBox2.0’
Pay TV, Connected TVs & Devices
Charter, Arris to partner on next-gen ‘WorldBox2.0’
Oct 12 2016 10:00 AM

Charter has tapped Arris to develop a next-gen hybrid set-top box that allows users to access Internet content as well as content delivered by the pay-TV operator. Charter, the nation’s second-largest broadband provider and third-largest pay-TV operator, plans to deploy the new WorldBox 2.0 platform across its entire footprint, including on systems it acquired when it bought Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

Virtual MVPDs seen as more disruptive than Netflix, YouTube
Pay TV, Virtual MVPD, Cloud TV
Virtual MVPDs seen as more disruptive than Netflix, YouTube
Sep 20 2016 11:45 AM

PlayStation Vue. Sling TV. Hulu. Amazon. DirecTV. Google. Maybe even an entry from Apple. All are potential players in the virtual MVPD (V-MVPD) market, a market that at least one researcher believes could top 15 million U.S. subscribers by 2020, possibly going higher as technology and consumer experiences improve.

Q2 sees slowest broadband subscriber adds in 15 years
Broadband, Operators
Q2 sees slowest broadband subscriber adds in 15 years
Aug 16 2016 9:30 AM

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.

Comcast upping its test data caps to a terabyte
Operators, Broadband
Comcast upping its test data caps to a terabyte
Apr 28 2016 12:45 PM

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 Q1 earnings disappoint; eyes broadband, OTT growth following acquisitions’ OK
Earnings, Pay TV, Operators
Charter Q1 earnings disappoint; eyes broadband, OTT growth following acquisitions’ OK
Apr 28 2016 9:15 AM

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.

Despite adding subs, Charter’s loss widens for Q4
Earnings, Pay TV
Despite adding subs, Charter’s loss widens for Q4
Feb 04 2016 6:15 AM

Charter Communications added subscribers in Q4 and for the full year in 2015, the first time it’s managed to do that in a decade, but it came at a cost; the company reported a loss of $1.09 EPS in Q4, compared to a loss of 44 cents in Q4 2014, missing Wall Street’s expected 18-cent loss by 91 cents and earning a wrist slap from investors in pre-market trading.

Videomind Podcast: top TV and media news
OTT, Broadband, Ooyala News
Videomind Podcast 12/4: YouTube Red courts Hollywood, New Charter under attack, new OTT services & more
Dec 04 2015 12:45 PM

Hack and Flack are back, with a new review of the week's top TV and media headlines. In play this week: YouTube Red courting Hollywood studios for exclusive content, Dish Networks attacks New Charter in FCC hearing, new OTT services from NBCUniversal and Discovery, the latest research on Pay TV subscriber loss and cord shaving, and more. 

Can Dish’s Charlie Ergen sink ‘New Charter’ before it floats? Maybe
Mergers & Acquisitions, Pay TV, Broadband, Commentary
Can Dish’s Charlie Ergen sink ‘New Charter’ before it floats? Maybe
Dec 03 2015 6:00 AM

Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen has taken the satellite operator’s campaign against the proposed Charter-Time Warner Cable merger to a new level, this week slamming the deal at a gathering of top FCC staffers as one that could harm “degrade” or “destroy” online video competition, and again singled out his own OTT play, Sling TV, as a potential casualty if the merger is approved.

Opposition mounts to Charter merger plans, but will it sway the FCC?
Mergers & Acquisitions, Pay TV, Broadband
Opposition mounts to Charter merger plans, but will it sway the FCC?
Oct 14 2015 8:30 AM

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

Charter adds Spectrum TV app to Roku devices
Connected TVs & Devices, Pay TV, OTT
Charter adds Spectrum TV app to Roku devices
Oct 13 2015 4:30 AM

U.S.-based cable company Charter has added its Spectrum TV app to Roku devices, giving subscribers another way to access the content included in their Spectrum TV service on any television in their home connected to a Roku device.

The move makes some 160 TV channels and more than 9,000 on demand titles available to stream to multiple TVs without requiring additional set-top boxes from Charter.

Charter CEO: No doubt OTT is more friend than foe
Pay TV, OTT
Charter CEO: No doubt OTT is more friend than foe
Sep 16 2015 7:30 PM

There wasn’t a video conference worth its salt during the years that Netflix began to emerge as an online power that didn’t have a panel discussion titled “OTT: Friend or Foe.” As far as Charter CEO Tom Rutledge is concerned that’s become a moot point.

“Netflix is our friend, they drive broadband,” he told the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference Wednesday. “We embrace OTT television because it makes our broadband superiority more clear in the eyes of consumers.”

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