Spectrum Enterprise Executive Vice President Phil Meeks has put out an industrywide call for communications service providers to install more fiber to increase bandwidth for industries such as health care, retail and banking. Spectrum plans to spend $1 billion on its fiber initiative this year.
The Senate's recent attempt to block the Federal Communications Commission's rollback of net neutrality regulations was "a largely symbolic measure that only prolongs this decade-long controversy and does not provide consumers any assurances," the NCTA said in a statement. The American Cable Association echoed NCTA's views, stating that open internet rules could be established but that the Senate's Joint Resolution 52 was not the solution.
Comcast has partnered with members of the Conference of Western Attorneys General to launch an online safety campaign through its low-income Internet Essentials program. The company is also working with nonprofits to promote online safety for seniors, parents and children.
A judge on Thursday denied CBS' request for a temporary restraining order against National Amusements and the Redstone family. Meanwhile, 11 of 14 CBS board members moved forward with a vote to strip National Amusements' and the Redstones' voting control over the media company, but the Redstones' recent change to CBS bylaws may prevent the vote from being approved.
Personalized interfaces that improve the customer experience could be key to keeping pay-TV strong in the marketplace, particularly with younger demographics, said a panel at the Pay TV Show. The panel discussed the importance of creating a product that is cost-effective and gives the consumer a more intuitive experience.
Lachlan Murdoch will be appointed as chairman and CEO of "New Fox" if the proposed 21st Century Fox-Disney deal closes. Fox Chief Financial Officer John Nallen will step into the role of chief operating officer, while Rupert Murdoch will be co-chairman.
Expensive sports programming has led to an "overstuffed bubble" and contributed to a decline in pay-TV subscribers, says Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav. "There could be a real renaissance for subscribers, which they deserve, where people in America have a chance to buy a bundle of entertainment for $15 ... and then you'd see significant growth," he says.
TV Everywhere usage is up, as CTAM's TVE tracking survey recently found, and TV content creators are driving viewership through offering more types of programming via their apps than ever before. Technology improvements, such as single-sign on mechanisms are making it easier for subscribers to log in to multiple apps at once, motivating viewers to access content while they are on the go. Read more.