The chair of the Senate Commerce Committee has asked the FCC to not approve any merger deals among broadcasters while the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigates shared service agreements (SSA), in which broadcasters negotiate agreements on behalf of others in the same market, raising costs for local cable operators and their subscribers.
TiVo Inc. said Tuesday that its third-quarter net income fell 79 percent from a year when its results were boosted by $78.4 million in litigation proceeds from an intellectual property settlement with Verizon. But revenue rose as more people signed up for its digital video recording services.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller is planning a bill that aims to give upstart online video services the chance to compete on an equal footing with classic MVPDs by guaranteeing their rights to content. Furthermore, online video distributors would gain standing to compete directly with established pay TV companies as MVPDs.
Comcast has implemented a software upgrade in Arris wireless gateways that enable IPv6 support. Separately, Arris announced it was the system integrator for the IPTV headend that BT has been using to distribute BT TV and BT Sport. Arris integrated its own encoders and platform with products from Screen, Miranda, and Brocade.
Rogers Communications went top shelf in scoring a multi-billion-dollar, 12-year carriage agreement with the National Hockey League “on all platforms in all languages." Rogers said the new media rights deal, which starts in the 2014-2015 season and runs through the 2025-2026 season, was the largest in league history.
Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks are serving up Showtime Network’s authenticated TV Everywhere service, Showtime Anytime, to their subscribers for free. The cable operator customers need to be subscribers of Showtime in order to gain access to the multi-screen content, which is available across computers, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets or Kindle Fire devices anywhere across the nation.
Late Friday, those agitating for consolidation in the cable industry floated the notion of Charter Communications and Comcast bidding on Time Warner Cable together, then breaking it up into pieces, with each claiming chunks. The news was well received by Wall Street merger-and-acquisition (M&A) experts and investors, who bid up the values of the stock of any MSO rumored to be party to any such deal.
The FCC has determined that Cablevision will not be subject to community regulation of basic cable rates in about two dozen towns that the MSO serves. The FCC determined that the market is competitive in the communities specified by the MSO, making the company exempt from those specific regulations.
Following its initial release on iPads in August, Cox Communications’ Contour app now works on several Android-based tablets including Google's Nexus and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2, Tab 3 and Note tablets. Contour serves up video content to Cox subscribers both in-home and on the go, and works with the personal recommendation engine from ThinkAnaytics.
The Wi-Fi request line is now open at Time Warner Cable. Time Warner Cable announced this morning that it had updated its WiFi Finder app, which included a “request a hotspot” feature that allows subscribers to ask for new Wi-Fi access points in specific locations.
BlackBerry's interim chief executive has shaken up BlackBerry's management team in a move seen as prelude to him taking the top job himself. Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear and Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben, both hired by recently ousted CEO Thorsten Heins, will leave the struggling smartphone maker.
Apple has acquired Israel-based motion technology company PrimeSense for an undisclosed sum. PrimeSense spokeswoman Kayla Egbert confirmed the deal, but says the company isn't revealing additional details. Founded in 2005, PrimeSense makes chips used in three-dimensional sensing products.
Midcontinent has joined the Comporium Security, Monitoring and Automation (SMA) dealer program. iControl has become the cable industry’s go-to security systems company, with a customer roster that includes Comcast, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, Rogers Cable, Bright House Networks, Bell Aliant, Swisscom, and Comporium itself.
While Charter Communications and Liberty Media’s John Malone are reportedly lining up funding for a bid to buy Time Warner Cable, Comcast is checking into the possible regulatory hurdles it could face should it choose to purse the nation’s second-largest cable operator. CNBC reported that Comcast was asking for guidance on anti-trust and other potentia telecommunications issues that would be associated with a bid for TWC.
With its latest update to Hopper, Dish Network is laying claim to being the first service provider to implement HDMI-CED (consumer electronic control) to help viewers control their TVs. The fifth software update this year for Dish’s Hopper whole-home DVR platform was codenamed “Denver,” and included some additional features such as improved navigation and search interfaces.