Despite a number of product debuts by some of the largest pay-TV providers, including DirecTV, Comcast and Dish Network, the overall industry has yet to fully embrace 4K services.
Comcast has promoted Lynn Charytan to executive VP and general counsel of Comcast Cable.
After back-to-back product introductions at the beginning of this year by DirecTV, Comcast and Dish Network, it looked as though pay-TV was going to embrace 4K/UltraHD in a pretty significant way in 2015. But save for a few sporadic announcements about 4K-enabling satellite launches, there has been little if any actual movement in the pay-TV industry on the UltraHD topic since January.
Top cable companies continue to make reducing capital expenditures from truck rolls and CPE a high priority, with Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications each reporting reduced service calls in the third quarter.
While it has committed $300 million to improving its customer service reputation, it seems Comcast still has a ways to go before it can afford to take public shots at other service providers.
Verizon is speaking out against claims made by Windstream and competitive industry forum Incompas that the special construction practices and charges to deliver DS1 services to its retail and wholesale customers aren't consistent across its customer segments.
According to a fiery new lawsuit by a former employee, Starz allegedly asked DirecTV, Comcast and Liberty Media to "fabricate revenue and subscriber information" and to engage in other "malicious, fraudulent and/or oppressive" conduct.
Top executives from Comcast and Charter Communications said this week their companies are considering participating in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. However, Time Warner Cable will not take part in the bidding. But TWC did hint that it could be open to launching a wireless service if its competitors do.
The way incumbent providers structure their wholesale agreements is impeding future growth for Level 3 Communications, according to a top executive.
Could Comcast, which saw just reported its lowest third-quarter video subscriber losses in nine years, actually grow its pay-TV base in the fourth quarter?