Comcast's upcoming over-the-top pay-TV service could prove popular enough to siphon subscribers away from the MSO's more profitable linear video products, an analyst tells FierceCable.
Comcast has finally revealed promotional pricing for Gigabit Pro 2 Gbps in a number of its Central Division markets, where it will offer the service for $159 a month to customers who sign a three-year contract.
Comcast is planning to launch a $15-a-month OTT pay-TV service that blends streaming of the major broadcast networks and HBO, as well as access to the MSO's cloud DVR service and thousands of on-demand programs. However, the offering contains no major cable networks.
Comcast now has less than six months to fulfill a pledge made in April to roll out 2 Gbps broadband services to 18 million customers by the end of 2015.
Although most analysts expect federal regulators to approve Charter Communications' bid to simultaneously buy Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield remains highly skeptical.
Already having landed in Portland, CenturyLink is set to secure franchise agreements for its 1 Gbps broadband and IPTV services in four more Oregon locales.
As it readies for its July 23 second-quarter earnings call, a new CFO at the helm, and its failed merger with Time Warner Cable behind it, Comcast is preparing to be peppered with questions regarding its growth strategy going forward.
TiVo's already hot MSO business is about to grow even faster, according to Jefferies. In a note to investors, the advisory firm said TiVo's subscriber base through its MSO partners could double over the next four or five years, from the 4.8 million reported at the end of first quarter, with Tier-2 cable operators looking to provide advanced video services to their customers.
Comcast officially opened its first Studio Xfinity concept store in Chicago, with the goal of changing its image as a cable conglomerate to that of a maker of elegant, forward-looking technology.
CenturyLink may have a foothold in Portland, Ore., but its ambition is to expand the presence of its fiber-to-the-premises 1 Gbps (FTTP) and IPTV services into four new areas of the state.