Dish, CBS extend deadline – again – until next week
Pay TV, Content Deals
Dish, CBS extend deadline – again – until next week
Nov 26 2014 8:00 AM

First, the bad news: There still is no long-term deal between CBS and Dish Network in their ongoing retransmission fee talks.

The good news, however, is that the two have agreed to a temporary extension of their exiting contract, the second such extension since the original contract expired Nov. 20.

The deal, announced Tuesday night, is only for five days – just enough to get them through the holiday weekend and back to the negotiating table.

Q3 earnings call: Comcast ‘surprised’ by CBS, HBO moves
Q3 earnings call: Comcast ‘surprised’ by CBS, HBO moves
Oct 23 2014 12:30 PM

Comcast today reported mixed Q3 earnings, exceeding Wall Street’s EPS targets by 2 cents, but missing revenue forecasts. The company said it lost just 81,000 cable TV customers, its best 3rd quarter subscriber results in seven years.

Comcast 2q 2014 earnings see more subscriber losses
Pay TV
Comcast drops 144,000 video subs, misses on Q2 revenue expectations
Jul 22 2014 7:30 AM

Comcast reported earnings of 75 cents per share, beating Wall Street estimates by 3 cents, and reported revenue of $16.84 billion, a 3.5% increase Y/Y, but nevertheless $150 million below expectations.

The cableco also reported it had lost 144,000 video customers in the second quarter, 11% better than a year ago, but the drop put an end to the short turnaround in customer erosion the company has seen over the past two quarter.

Comcast-Netflix interconnect deal sets a whole new table
Feb 24 2014 8:00 AM

Winners and losers in the Comcast-Netflix peering deal? It’s hard to say, according to at least one analyst, but the deal to interconnect the two networks, announced Sunday, could lead to other media companies paying for faster speeds.

The two companies Sunday announced they “a mutually beneficial interconnection agreement” providing Comcast's U.S. broadband customers with a “high-quality Netflix video experience for years to come.”

Pay TV, Mergers & Acquisitions
Charter setting sights on Cox, Suddenlink after failed TWC bid? Probably
Feb 18 2014 8:00 AM

Charter may not have been able to get the big subscriber gulp it hoped an acquisition of Time Warner Cable would have provided, but it’s likely to continue looking for smaller bites, analysts say.

Bloomberg is reporting that at least one analyst – CRT Capital Group - thinks Charter, which lost TWC to Comcast’s $45 billion bid, could next turn its attention to Cox Communications.

Cox is just a tad larger than Charter with 4.4 million subscribers and is privately held.

Pay TV, Mergers & Acquisitions
Comcast’s acquisition of TWC faces a long road to regulatory approval
Feb 13 2014 8:00 AM

Comcast may have an acceptable offer on the table for Time Warner Cable, but the deal still has plenty of regulatory hurdles to clear and is likely to face tougher scrutiny from regulators than it did when it bought NBCUniversal in 2011.

Pay TV
Report: Charter near deal with Comcast that would carve up TWC
Jan 27 2014 8:00 AM

Time Warner Cable’s assets in New York City, New England and North Carolina would be sold to Comcast if a deal brokered by Charter to purchase the rest of TWC is green-lighted, said, quoting unnamed sources this afternoon.

Pay TV, Content Deals
FCC Rules Comcast Move Tennis Channel to Better Tier
Aug 02 2012 9:00 AM

Game, set, match. The FCC ruled 3-2 that Comcast discriminated against the Tennis Channel, having relegated the channel to a lower tier. As a result, Comcast was fined $375,000 and now must move the Tennis Channel within 45 days to a tier on par with the Golf Channel and NBC Sports Networks -- both of which are owned by Comcast, AdWeek reports.

Online Video, Monetization
Weekly Rewind: Where's my Apple TV?
Jun 15 2012 9:00 AM

Remember those Internet data caps that cable companies imposed on consumers? Well, the Justice Department is conducting an anti-trust investigation to see if these actions are attempts to kill competition from online video.

Connected TVs & Devices
Weekly Rewind: Most Connected TVs Are Unplugged
Feb 24 2012 8:00 AM

Turns out, very few people know how to connect their smart TVs to the Internet. Rabbit ears are making a comeback. Amazon Prime Instant Video blew out its first candle. All that and more in your weekly rewind.