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.
A hiccup in new subscribers didn't stop Netflix from bringing in revenues of $1.41 billion in the third quarter of 2014, keeping it in line with forecasts. However, the subscriber news combined with HBO's landmark announcement earlier that it would offer a standalone OTT service sent the subscription video on demand (SVOD) provider's stocks downward 25 percent following its earnings report.
Online video players speaking at MIPCOM in Cannes this week made some tongue-in-cheek comments to TV industry executives. But there was a challenge within the statements by Netflix, Maker Studios, Sohu and others. The online video industry, they were saying, is no longer just an upstart disrupter. It's the king of the hill.
Subscription video on demand provider Netflix is continuing to find new inroads to boosting subscribership worldwide. In addition to a recent, unpromoted rise in its subscription rate for 4K programming, the company may be angling toward entry into Asia via Japan.
Zayo's zColo division is teaming with Netflix to sponsor and house FL-IX, a non-profit peering group that will serve the southeastern U.S. and Latin America. Besides Netflix and Zayo, FL-IX's other members include Akamai, CloudFlaire and Host.Net. These members are all actively seeking peering partnerships.
Verizon FiOS has redeemed itself on Netflix's ISP Speed Index, jumping from the No. 10 spot to the top spot with an average speed of 3.17 Mbps.
Sam Bookman, editor of FierceOnlineVideo, analyzes the market forces that prevented Redbox Instant from becoming a success story. Read more
Chip Pickering, one of the key architects behind the landmark 1996 Telecom Act, took over the helm at Comptel as CEO in January. Sean Buckley, senior editor of FierceTelecom, caught up with Pickering at Comptel's fall show to talk about his first nine months on the job and how he sees the growth of Comptel and the changing competitive service provider landscape.
This week was a busy one for original content at the Big Two, with Amazon greenlighting two pilots for full seasons from its third slate of candidates, and Netflix leaping into landmark original movie deals with comedian Adam Sandler and The Weinstein Company.
While recent surveys are finding that Americans have more streaming devices available to them than ever before, how they use those devices may be shifting--yet again. A recent study by GfK found that the use of game consoles like the Xbox or PlayStation to watch Netflix has declined 5 percent since 2013, to 43 percent of the SVOD service's subscribers.