Time Warner Cable has become the dominant pay TV distributor app provider. Unlike other cable MSOs, TWC has been more open to supporting apps on various devices, including the iPad, iPhone, Android-based wireless devices as well as Samsung's connected TVs and Roku's streaming video set-tops.
EchoStar and Vivendi subsidiary GVT are combining resources in a proposed pay TV joint venture in Brazil that would leverage GVT's IP network and EchoStar's satellite and video technology expertise.
In football terms, IPTV is the AFL of video entertainment, taking the field in the shadow of the NFL but, through the efforts of some pretty powerful players like AT&T and CenturyLink, reaching competitive parity with the big guys. That's why IPTV, the reason FierceIPTV was spawned in the first place, is no longer a niche product to be studied in a niche publication; it is part of a worldwide IP-based market of carriers and service providers.
Video subscriber growth for traditional pay-TV distributors may be a thing of the past, and "cord nevers," or young people who have never subscribed and don't plan to start, are part of the reason.
Brightcove, one of the first--and largest--online video platforms in the world, is changing the way it does business, responding, it says, to changes in the marketplace.
CenturyLink is relatively new to the pay TV space with its Prism IPTV offer and it doesn't necessarily think the way things have been done in the past are the way things should be done in the future, a company executive will tell Congress during two House subcommittee hearings on the pay TV marketplace this week.
The ever growing number of connected mobile devices is quickly disrupting the traditional home entertainment environment, according to an Ericsson report.
Although the more nationalistic Canadians might take umbrage at the comparison, it seems that pay TV services in Canada are following a trend already established by their counterparts south of the border.
Sony has reportedly reached a tentative deal that would let it sell Viacom's cable networks to consumers through an over-the-top pay-TV service it plans to introduce later this year.
A person who owns a TV set that's connected to the Internet is more than twice as likely as someone who doesn't to strongly consider canceling his or her current pay-TV service, according to a Diffusion Group survey.