"Cord cutters rejoice" has been the oft-written headline preamble to numerous stories written this week about the groundbreaking a la carte programming announcements from HBO and CBS. But in a world in which every programming network is stripped out of the pay-TV bundle and sold individually, consumers could find themselves paying a lot more to get the channels they want.
YouTube is riding high as advertisers continue to buy into its online video offering--particularly its premium Google Preferred ad category. The primarily short-form online video service's partner revenues are up 60 percent from 2012 and 2013, company executives revealed in an earnings conference call on Thursday. And as more viewers access the service through their television screens, Google is looking to invest in content that will keep viewers tuned to the big screen.
About 1,700 Fairpoint Communications workers represented by the Northern New England chapters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) went on strike after negotiations with the carrier broke down. The job action affected company locations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont after talks in Boston broke down.
A combined AT&T-DirecTV will be good for rural customers, effectively helping bridge the digital divide, but it has no connection with Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable, AT&T argues in a new filing with the FCC.
Telefónica Deutschland announced today that it intends to cut its workforce by around 1,600 full-time positions by 2018 as a result of the Germany-based company's recent merger with E-Plus.
TeliaSonera enjoyed what analysts at Jefferies called a "solid" third calendar quarter on the back of improvements to its Swedish and Finnish operators, despite a near 13 per cent fall in net income year-on-year.
CTIA's 2015 Super Mobility Week will take place Sept. 9-11 in Las Vegas but some of the trade group's partners, which it secured for its revamped 2014 event, are uncertain about whether or not they will return and be part of the trade association's conference next year.
AT&T Mobility, Sprint, T-Mobile US and UK operator EE support a new SIM card for Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 that lets customers switch between carriers. Although Verizon Wireless will provide wireless service for Apple's new tablet, it is not listed as a supporter of the new Apple SIM card.
Comcast won a $7.5 million award against Sprint after a jury agreed that Sprint violated Comcast's patents for VoIP and other telecommunications technologies. The trial and the ruling is likely going to be just one of many in a long, drawn-out legal battle between the one-time partners.
AT&T Mobility ended a promotion under which its family plan customers could get a discount on the streaming Beats Music service, the company confirmed.