FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is considering the expansion of his commission's authority over U.S. broadband, but is also contemplating a position of standing out of the way when it comes to paid prioritization deals signed between ISPs and content companies.
Linear broadcast television has lost 4 percent of its total audience this fall, but Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger doesn't think the viewers left the couch. In his latest report, Juenger says TV watchers are simply migrating to online SVOD services like Netflix and Hulu.
Dish Network is involved in yet another rights dispute with a regional sports network and, as things stand, will not carry 35 Minnesota Timberwolves games on Fox Sports North during this just-started NBA season.
Already set to roll out an online SVOD service in select international markets, premium cable network Starz is strongly considering doing the same in the United States.
Going into the proverbial 8th inning with a record-low audience average of 12.1 million viewers, it did not look good for one of sports TV programming's perennial tentpoles, the World Series. Pundits were examining a range of factors: was it the involvement of the small-market Kansas City Royals? Were the low-scoring post-steroid games too unexciting? Were people tuning into the NFL and Walking Dead instead?
A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a restructuring that calls for the sale of struggling regional sports network Comcast SportsNet Houston to AT&T and DirecTV.
Halloween is typically a scary time filled with little ghosts and goblins roaming the streets... your neighbor's kid egging your house because he thinks club-store candy corn is lame ... your teenage daughter trying to sneak out of your house in a "slutty witch/vampire/nurse/etc." costume ... your 9-year-old son going to bed with Dots candy stuck to $3,000 worth of recently installed orthodontics. But it's a really scary time in the wireline and wireless businesses, too.
Online video streaming continues its major transgression into the consumer mainstream, with Frank N. Magid reporting that 83 percent of U.S. TV watchers now stream movies and TV shows, at least occasionally.
Charter Communications continues to line up the financing it needs to buy cable systems currently covering 1.5 million Time Warner Cable customers, announcing on Wednesday that it will sell $3.5 billion worth of speculative-grade bonds.
After 11 years of failed settlement attempts and legal arguments that reached U.S. Supreme Court, a class-action group of Philadelphia-area cable subscribers will get only a small fraction of the $875 million they had originally sought from Comcast.