Reports of the demise of Comcast SVOD service Streampix have been exaggerated … slightly. According to Multichannel News, the No. 1 MSO's response to Netflix will live on as an a la carte video programming option and trinket to subscribers of higher-end video-services packages.
Rival pay-TV operators believe Time Warner Cable's inability to carve affiliate deals for its new Los Angeles Dodgers-based regional sports network will have a beneficial chilling affect on the launch of future pricey channels.
Resting between two power grids, fueled with 44,000 gallons of diesel for backup generators, and supporting 22 uplink and seven downlink satellite dishes, the Comcast Media Center in Centennial, Colo. is ready to keep producing, originating and distributing cable TV nonstop. FierceCable recently took a tour of the plant and snapped some photos. Take a look at our slideshow.
Verizon has added 10 channels to its FiOS TV mobile app, giving subscribers the ability to stream networks including Fox Sports 1, HBO Latino and Showtime Family Zone on mobile devices.
One of the more intriguing demos during CTIA's Super Mobility Week event in early September was at the Ericsson booth, where the vendor installed a row of stadium seating that let folks relax for a bit and watch multiple screens full of multicast sports content. The demo highlighted the types of offerings that are possible with not just LTE Multicast--a technology that is on lots of operators' minds--but Wi-Fi Multicast as well.
Suddenlink is threatening to pull Viacom channels off its program guide on Oct. 1 if it can't get the terms it wants a licensing renewal deal.
Now that they've built substantial audiences, Roku's more successful content publishers are apparently shocked--shocked!--that the OTT service is getting more aggressive in its demand for revenue-sharing.
Discovery Communications has revealed the basics of its rebranding plan for The Hub, the erstwhile kids channel it jointly launched with Hasbro in 2010. Rebranded as Discovery Family Channel, Discovery will take oversight of the channel, shifting its ownership stake from 40-60 to 60-40.
Comcast has quietly revealed that it plans to pull the plug on Streampix, the subscription video on demand service it launched in May 2012 to compete with Netflix.
The Pac-12 Networks will finally arrive on the program guides of DirecTV if AT&T's proposed acquisition of the satellite service passes regulatory muster.