TiVo CEO Tom Rogers said Tuesday that more U.S. operators have told the company that they want to offer Netflix to their pay TV customers, but that Hollywood studios are blocking a service that some European providers are already including in their subscription bundles.
Traditional telcos and cable operators, including AT&T, Verizon and Comcast continue to see triple play service bundles as a way to keep customers from churning and driving up ARPU.
Rogers Communications said Tuesday that it'll shell out $5.2 billion over the next 12 years to distribute National Hockey League games in Canada on devices ranging from TVs to tablets.
Executives at Comcast and Charter Communications have had preliminary talks aimed at acquiring Time Warner Cable, which could help each operator expand cable system clusters in Los Angeles, New York and other markets, Bloomberg reported Saturday.
Comcast engineers are exploring how to eliminate wireless broadband "dead zones" by boosting the signals of Wi-Fi transmitters and connecting to 4G networks in areas that can't be reached by Wi-Fi, and even using data culled from social networks, emails and phone calls to determine where its subscribers will need access to the Internet, according to a patent application published today.
Comcast is beginning to let subscribers with its cloud-based Xfinity X1 program guide take the X2 version of the personalized guide for a test drive.
HBO said its HBO Go TV Everywhere app can now be accessed on Google's Chomecast device, which allows subscribers using Apple iOS or Android devices to mirror content from several applications they are viewing on a smartphone or tablet on an HDTV.
Broadband subscriber growth slowed in the third quarter, with 17 of the largest cable operators and telcos gaining about 520,000 net high-speed Internet subscribers, a decrease of about 10 percent compared to Q3 2012, Leichtman Research Group said Tuesday.
TV Everywhere may finally be starting to get somewhere. The pay-TV industry has tried for years to get its streaming video act together. The goal, expressed by executives from Time Warner and Comcast in 2009, is to let paying subscribers access the shows they get through their cable, satellite or telco TV subscription on Web-connected devices like iPads and smartphones.
Comcast, the country's biggest cable operator, is reportedly getting into the business of selling downloads of movies much like online retailers such as Apple and Amazon do today. Comcast will sell these movies a few weeks before they're available on DVD.