Hulu is continuing its bid to be a one-stop service for exclusive TV series and movies by announcing a content partnership with Showtime that will enable Hulu subscribers to sign up for the premium network's online service for considerably less than Showtime's standalone monthly rate. The move could be the first big cannon shot in a potential SVOD price war.
AT&T has begun contract negotiations with 27,000 employees in its Southeast territory represented by the Communications Workers of America. Both parties met yesterday with both presenting their own position statements on the negotiation process.
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said last week the carrier might raise the pricing of its unlimited smartphone data plans later this year and could eventually get rid of the option altogether. Financial and industry analysts say Sprint is unlikely to remove the unlimited option until it significantly improves its network quality, though analysts are split on how such a move would impact Sprint's subscriber base.
Frontier is looking to drive more customers to higher broadband speeds by bundling the Nest Learning Thermostat with their service. Users that upgrade their speeds can get the Nest Learning Thermostat for $99, whether they're new or existing Frontier customers.
The online video industry is expanding fast, judging by the sheer number of startups bringing new ideas and technologies to the segment. That made picking just 15 of the most compelling online video startups a challenge.
CenturyLink is officially now offering its Prism IPTV service in the Minneapolis market, ending incumbent video provider Comcast's monopoly position there.
Pay-TV and OTT providers face an ongoing and expanding challenge to attract and retain consumers as the OTT video space gets crowded and consumer video habits continue to evolve. Many companies are finding it difficult to formulate business strategies given the dynamic changes in consumer habits. Several factors are keeping those usage habits in flux:
There's a war going on out there in the wireless space and it's for switchers. Longtime industry veterans will note that the business of switching isn't new but lately has been more pronounced than in years past. Carriers know that pricing and network play dominant roles in the switching war. What are some of the arms that carriers employ and who are the arms dealers that fuel and benefit from the situation?
Uros, a Finland-based provider of global mobile Wi-Fi internet services, opened the door to 11 new markets in Europe and Africa through a partnership with Vodafone Roaming Services, the voice and data roaming arm of the global mobile operator.
Spectrum is too valuable to be given away. However; a more sophisticated array of operations obligations and commitments could encourage more capital to be invested in improving mobile networks and services, and making them cheaper, rather than simply siphoning off as much money as possible from operators in auction proceeds for governments to spend on other programmes outside telecommunications.