Cable, satellite and telco-based TV operators lost more than 300,000 video customers in the second quarter, a tally on par with the nearly 320,000 subscribers lost during the same period of 2014.
Although Wall Street analysts continued to fret over declines in number of pay-TV subscribers, the nation's cable players generally offered positive views of Wi-Fi and their plans to expand the use of the technology. Indeed, a number of cable companies specifically mentioned their Wi-Fi plans during their second quarter conference calls with analysts.
Comcast's Gigabit Pro service may offer ultra-fast speeds of 2-Gbps but the high pricetag is limiting the number of consumers flocking to the service. According to DSLReports, Comcast's 2-Gig service, which costs $300 per month, plus a $500 activation fee, a $500 installation fee and a possible $1,000 early termination fee is limiting the uptake rate.
Few investment analysts thought Comcast would actually keep NBCUniversal's theme parks division-- and all of its associated maintenance and public safety costs-- when it purchased the programming conglomerate in 2011.
Continuing to evolve pay-TV's most technologically advanced-- and expensive-- platform, Comcast has unveiled a new DVR feature for its X1 service that automatically extends recordings of live sports events that go past their scheduled run time.
NBCUniversal confirmed to FierceCable that it will not run advertisements for Dish Network's OTT Sling TV service on its owned and operated stations in San Francisco, San Diego, New York and Washington D.C.
T-Mobile US exceeded Wall Street's expectation in terms of its revenue and earnings in the second quarter, and analysts think it has enough momentum to carry it through the end of 2015. However, the same analysts also have questions about whether T-Mobile needs to diversify its business in the next few years and if it will merge with another company.
Comcast and Verizon Communications are discussing whether and how they should renegotiate a contract dating from 2011 that lets Comcast operate as an MVNO of Verizon Wireless, according to a Wall Street Journal article. The wireless industry has shifted significantly since the deal was struck, and Comcast is exploring how much flexibility it would have to sell shared data plans.
While Comcast's 2011 MVNO agreement with Verizon has been widely viewed as an easy entry point for the MSO to create a Wi-Fi-first mobile service, the four-year-old deal actually presents Comcast with a range of pricing and packaging challenges.
T-Mobile US said it now expects to add 3.4 million to 3.9 branded postpaid net customers in 2015, up from the company's previous guidance of between 3 million and 3.5 million, which it issued in April.