Skinny bundles aren't a new phenomenon, certainly not to satellite provider DirecTV. Speaking to investors during the company's first quarter earnings call, DirecTV CEO Mike White said that the company has more than 1 million subscribers on its Entertainment Select package, which offers about 130 channels for $19.99 per month with a 24-month contract and $49.99 per month thereafter. The package includes premium channels HBO, Starz, Cinema and Showtime for three months.
The emergence of over-the-top services like Dish Network's Sling TV and Sony's PlayStation Vue illustrates that the pay-TV industry is getting more comfortable with over-the-top video services.
Roger Lynch, the recently appointed CEO of Dish's Sling TV unit, is one of the executives to watch in the cable industry, along with peers from the likes of Major League Baseball Advanced Media and Roku. Special report
As the online video market heats up, increasing attention is being paid to one of its fastest-growing consumer segments: the Hispanic viewing audience. Increasingly, Hispanic OTT viewers are young, technologically savvy, and have increasing buying power. But are online video providers and advertisers reaching this potential powerhouse demographic?
Windstream has officially become the latest telco to enter the still growing IPTV race by securing a video franchise agreement in Lincoln, Neb., where it will compete directly with local cable incumbent Time Warner Cable.
Now that the FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction has raised more than $34 billion in provisional winning bids, attention is turning to the role Dish Network may be playing.
Frontier Communications is set to begin a new chapter in its home state as it has completed its $2 billion acquisition of AT&T's wireline operations in Connecticut and its related statewide fiber network and U-verse operations.
A growing firestorm of consumer dissatisfaction with regional sports channels--highlighted, but by no means restricted to the ongoing brouhaha about Time Warner Cable's deal to pay $8 billion for the video rights of the Los Angeles Dodgers--should create concern about whether Comcast can acquire TWC for $45.2 billion, an op-ed in The Consumerist maintains.
AT&T reportedly talked to DirecTV recently about a merger. The potential move, valued at more than $40 billion, was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Want to know what Dish Network CEO Joe Clayton thinks of OTT pay-TV, 4K, satellite broadband service, cable consolidation and how pay-TV providers are differentiating themselves in a mature market? Head over to FierceCable, where Editor Steve Donohue has an informative interview with the Dish executive.