Archive | Digital cable

vMVPD Services: Haven’t We Been Here Before?

With Google, AT&T, Sony and an army of other companies gunning to take over the traditional pay TV business using the internet to deliver linear pay TV services, now might be a good time to ask a couple of basic questions. How are pay services from virtual MVPD providers (Sling TV, YouTube TV, Playstation Vue, […]

Will the Cord Cutters Come Back?

The pay TV industry in the U.S. has been reeling under a brutal period of subscriber loss. Meanwhile, like sharks smelling chum, rival over-the-top video services continue to pop up. Disney is the latest example of the trend. The entertainment behemoth told investors in August that it will pull its movies from Netflix to start […]

It’s the Least Wonderful Time of Year for Pay TV Providers

U.S. pay TV providers have learned to view the second quarter of their financial year with dread. Last year, the industry suffered the worst-ever video subscriber loss in history. While not all of the numbers are in for the second quarter of 2016, the numbers from some of the industry’s biggest players are shaping up […]

Is There A Universal Cable Converter Solution?

If you think the presidential primaries, Cam Newton v. the media, and Superman v. Batman battles are brutal, just wait. Two of the most hated entities in our society—the Federal government and local cable TV providers—are about to butt proverbial heads over one of the most important devices in consumer homes: the cable box. This […]

The Ghost of CableCARD Rises Again

It seems like every few years, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) notices that U.S. consumers are locked into renting set-top boxes from cable companies rather than buying them in an open market and connecting them to the network just as they do their telephones, smartphones, tablets, Wi-Fi routers, game consoles, smart TVs, Internet-connected toasters and […]

U.S. Pay TV Market: No Where to Go But Down—Or Sideways

The U.S. pay TV market ended 2014 much like it began: operators in IPTV and satellite continued to add subscribers while cable companies continued to shed them. Actually, it’s slightly more complicated than that. Dish Network ended the year down nearly 80,000 subs while DirecTV added almost 100,000 new customers to its rolls to keep […]

Netflix Won’t Kill Cable, But Dish Might

Several weeks ago, Business Insider’s Aaron Taube published several charts from Experian under the provocative headline, “Proof that Netflix Is Destroying Cable.” Given that no one likes cable companies, this headline was almost certainly greeted with joy. Here’s the problem: it’s not true. The proof in question was in the form of Experian consumer surveys […]

Six Predictions for 2014

‘Tis the season for venturing far out on the analytical limb, throwing caution and humility to the wind and staking out a few predictions. Fully aware that any (all?) of these may come back to haunt me, I offer up the following in the spirit of provocation. 1. Everyone’s TV plans crystallize but Apple’s. While […]

Time Warner’s Bring Your Own Device TV

If there’s an insurgency against the traditional set-top box (STB), Time Warner Cable could stake a plausible claim to being the movement’s leader. The cable operator has enabled STB-free viewing on Samsung Smart TVs and has offered an app for the Roku retail streaming box and Xbox 360 game console that delivers Time Warner programming […]

Are Cord Cutters (Finally) Here?

The traditional pay TV market has taken a turn for the worse in the United States. Cable TV operators continue to bleed subscribers, collectively shedding roughly half-a-million subscribers in the last quarter. Satellite operators, which had managed to hold and grow their subscriber base at the same time that cable was losing ground, have also […]