News & ReviewsMay 2015


  • Charter Buys Time Warner Cable for $56.7 Billion

    May 26 09:03 AM

    Following the FCC's nix of Comcast's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications renewed its long-time interest in the #2 cable operator, announcing a deal to purchase TWC for $56.7 Billion. Combined with Charter's previously announced purchased of Bright House Networks, the New Charter will serve about 23 Million U.S. households a become the #2 U.S. cable operator behind powerhouse Comcast. See the full story here: Charter Buys Time Warner Cable, Continues Acquisition Plans for Bright House Networks Read more...

  • As More Viewers Stream TV, Many Move to Slimmer TV Packages with Fewer Channels

    May 18 07:01 AM

    While “cord cutters” are often mentioned with dread by Cable TV companies, recent studies show few consumers are actually cutting their TV cord completely. Still, many consumers are showing considerable interest in “trimming” and “slimming” Cable TV packages where possible. Around 40% Streaming TV at Least Once a Day With about 40% of us streaming TV at least once a day, many Cable TV companies are looking for ways to keep valuable customers happy, even if it means selling them fewer channels. According to Nielsen research, the average TV viewer watches around 15 TV channels no matter how ... Read more...

  • Verizon Snaps Up AOL as Pay TV Slowly Loses Subscribers

    May 12 09:09 AM

    Verizon agreed to acquire AOL for $4.4 Billion to secure mobile video delivery and increase digital advertising capabilities. This addition better positions Verizon for a changing world of connected device video delivery, served by efficiently targeted digital advertising. In a related story, the WSJ reports Pay TV providers lost subscribers at a .05% rate last year. Rather than showing a steep increase in "cord cutting," research (including data from 10channels) is showing many consumers "shaving" services by moving into lower level, less expensive Pay TV packages with fewer channels. See ... Read more...

  • Netflix Raises Concerns, Urges FCC to Revise Proposed AT&T Purchase of DIRECTV

    May 6 09:02 AM

    Netflix raised concerns with the FCC about AT&T's proposed purchase of DIRECT. These concerns relate to the combined company's market share, and the impact this could have on online video distributors like Netflix and others. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-netflix-urges-for-revisions-to-att-directv-deal-20150505-story.html Read more...