Much as we see our family members' foibles, we see the biggest strategic blunders in pay-TV this year in the same way--not as a chance to pick on operators' decisions, good or bad, but to analyze their mistakes and determine how to avoid similar problems. Here are the five biggest pay-TV turkeys of 2014, in all their glorious plumage.
Flying in the face of rampant dissent toward the deal among programmers, Ovation CEO Charles Segars blogged strident support for the merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable.
Siding with a group of major programmers, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. has blocked the FCC from publicly disclosing information about deals between pay-TV operators and networks as part of its ongoing merger reviews.
Comcast Business is looking to give local businesses in Albuquerque and Santa Fe another option besides local telco CenturyLink for Ethernet services, with plans to deliver its entire suite of Ethernet services by extending its fiber network into both of these key New Mexico cities.
Liberty Global Media Chairman John Malone hasn't given up on acquiring Time Warner Cable. Asked during Liberty's investor day event Wednesday if he'd go after the MSO if its proposed acquisition by Comcast was scuttled by regulators, Malone responded with an emphatic "Hell, yes."
Polling 9,000 U.S. consumers about 1,200 companies, a new survey found that pay-TV companies rank rock bottom in terms of customer satisfaction.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. has agreed to hear arguments from major media conglomerates that the FCC's plan to disclose their contracts with pay-TV operators could hurt their leverage in future carriage negotiations.
Time Warner Cable has announced the completion of its all-digital "Maxx" upgrades in New York and Los Angeles, with 7 million of its customers getting faster broadband speeds and fancy Arris-made DVRs.
Google Fiber finally provided a further glimpse of hope that businesses will be able to get their 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service at least in the Kansas City area, but broader expansion is hardly a given.
Around 74 percent of TV programming watched by Cablevision and Time Warner Cable subscribers in the New York DMA is viewed outside of prime time. These subscribers, on average, watch only about 25 of their channels each month. And 100 channels control 90 percent of the viewing. These are the findings of the first ever "New York Television Audience Insights Report," a quarterly research component focused on 3.5 million cable subscribers in the New York DMA and jointly produced by Cablevision and TWC.