ASPEN, Colo.--Cable subscribers who are looking for ways to shrink their cable subscription package--dubbed "cord shavers"--should be a much bigger concern for traditional pay-TV operators than cord cutters, according to a panel of experts speaking at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference here.
T-Mobile US' new family plan promotion will likely put more pressure on its network capacity and speed up the timeframe for when it needs to make a deal with another company, according to financial analysts.
Pay-TV giant Comcast announced that it will begin testing Stream, its new over-the-top linear video service, in the Boston market very soon, followed by Chicago and Seattle. The $15 per month service will expand nationwide by 2016. But despite being offered by one of the top cable providers in the U.S., Stream may struggle against Sling TV and other linear offerings, if tech experts' reviews of the service bear out.
Comcast has officially launched Xfinity Games into beta. Under a partnership with Electronic Arts, the cable company has begun streaming 20 video games to X1 subscribers, allowing them to play games such as Plants vs. Zombies and PGA Tour using Apple and Android smart phones and tablets as controllers.
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.