Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch isn’t one for convention. He is, after all, the boss of one of the more disruptive OTT services on the market… it’s even disrupted the pay-TV business of its parent, Dish Network, reportedly adding subscribers each quarter as Dish – and the rest of the pay-TV industry loses them.
Nearly one-in-three (29%) of the world’s top operators are expected to see revenues from subscriptions and pay-per-view remain flat between 2015 and 2021, according to a new report.
Digital TV Research reports that revenues for the 400 operators – that currently account for 83% of global totals -- will be flat at $206 billion and lose share to about 80%.
Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings may not be BFFs, but the two have a shared vision, Roberts said during the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Broker Conference Call Tuesday, and it revolves around the consumer, a concept that hasn’t always seemed to be in the cable operator’s top of mind.
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.
Pay TV? You don’t need pay TV. Just ask Sinclair Broadcasting, which is taking part in a five-state “broadcast liberation tour” to remind consumers that they can access dozens of local broadcast TV channels via an advanced digital antenna in high-definition for free.
Sinclair is partnering with TVfreedom.org and Antennas Direct on the tour that includes Little Rock, Ark., Macon, Ga., Charleston, S.C., Asheville, N.C. and Baltimore.
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.
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.
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.
Comcast today reported it added 53,000 subscribers in Q1, it’s best first quarter subscriber results in nine years, on top of better-than-expected earnings.
The operator reported EPS of 84 cents, beating the 79 cents Wall Street expected. It also beat on revenues, reporting $18.8 billion, besting the forecast $18.6 billion. Revenue for the quarter was $18.79 billion, topping last year’s Q1against figure of $17.85 billion.
Some Comcast customers will be able to save a few dollars a month after the cable giant today said it would allow subscribers to watch Comcast content without leasing a cable set-top box.
The move was in response to a push by federal regulators to relax the STB market, allowing customers to use devices like Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV instead.
In what may be the worst kept secret ever, Comcast is reportedly planning to offer its Xfinity Stream service to subscribers of other pay-TV operators who share its service footprint.
Amazon isn’t moving into the cable TV business per se, but it is planning to help pay-TV operators and ISPs male it easier to connect with consumers by offering pay-TV, Internet and phone sign ups through its new online Amazon Cable Store.
For the moment, only Comcast is in the e-tailer’s product lineup, part of a deal, according to the Wall Street Journal, that came about after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos met with Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and cable division CEO Neil Smit last year.