Latest Headlines

Latest Headlines

Can Darth Vader rein in programming costs? Why Charter wants to be bigger than Comcast

Charter CEO Tom Rutledge offered a subtle hint Tuesday about how Liberty Media chairman John Malone may be able to help him hammer major programmers like CBS Corp. and Walt Disney Co. if he succeeds in turning Charter into a bigger MSO than Comcast.

Time Warner Cable may lose Journal Broadcast stations in California, Wisconsin, Nebraska

Journal Broadcast Group is beginning to warn Time Warner Cable subscribers in California, Wisconsin and Nebraska that they may lose TV stations affiliated with CBS and NBC unless the MSO agrees to pay increased retransmission-consent fees before its contract expires on June 30.

The Cable Show: Consumers want a seamless multiscreen experience

This week, I attended my first trade show, the NCTA Cable Show, in Washington, D.C. Among all the products, vendors, solutions providers and cable networks, one common theme stood out to me: the importance of a seamlessly integrated multiscreen experience.

UPDATED: Broadcaster-requested injunction against Aereokiller could hurt Aereo

Broadcasters asked a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to block Alki David's Aereokiller service from operating there. The move could hurt Aereo, the Barry Diller- backed service which allows customers to lease small, remote TV antennas and DVRs to watch over-the-air TV shows online.

LIN TV threatens to pull ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox stations from Time Warner Cable

LIN TV began warning Time Warner Cable subscribers in 14 markets Wednesday that they will lose the feeds for stations carrying ABC, NBC, Fox and NBC on May 31 unless the MSO agrees to cough up increased retransmission-consent fees.

Hulu said to attract pay-TV distributors

More potential bidders have emerged for Hulu, and incumbent pay-TV distributors are now said to be among those interested in the online video company.

Why ABC needs cable to deliver hyper-targeted ads through Watch ABC app

Word that ABC would stream live programming to the iPad left me thinking about a demo SeaChange and Tellabs ran at The Cable Show convention last year. The demo showed how programmers could use Web browsing data stored on the iPad to deliver targeted ads in live video.

Dish Network: Hopper will reduce churn rates

While Dish Network reported increased subscriber churn in the first quarter, executives told analysts Thursday that they expect its new Hopper DVR will help it improve retention and drive increased revenue from homes that take the product.

A sale would mean the end of Hulu as we know it

Reports continue to surface that new parties are evaluating Hulu as a potential acquisition target. Yahoo is the latest corporate name to come up in Hulu's reported sale discussions.

Nielsen adds broadband-only homes to TV universe

Nielsen said Tuesday that it will include homes that can only receive video programming through a broadband Internet connection in its 2014 estimate of the U.S. TV household universe, which will expand by 1.2 percent to 115.6 million.