Cable TV

Report: Samsung in talks over web TV service

Samsung is reportedly exploring plans to launch an online TV service, in partnership with cable TV networks. According to Bloomberg, Samsung is in preliminary talks with entertainment companies about offering over-the-top access to a bundle of TV networks and is mulling whether it could offer this globally, instead of in the US only. The report, […]

Report: Hulu plans cable-style OTT service

Hulu is reportedly developing a cable TV-style subscription service that will allow users to watch television channels over the web. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the US streaming service aims to launch the new offering in the first quarter of 2017, broadening its business model from purely on-demand online content. Customers will not […]

Cord-cutting fears ‘validated’ by Q2 US pay TV figures

Pay TV companies in the United States posted their worst ever quarterly video subscriber losses in the second quarter, “validating industry cord-cutting fears,” according to IHS. The research firm claims that the pay TV companies shed a total of 658,450 subscribers in Q2, marking the first time that non-cable operators have lost video subscribers since […]

MTG sells Swedish cable operation

The Modern Times Group has sold its stake in Swedish cable TV business Sappa to Finnish telco Anvia for SEK135 million (US$16.8 million). Sappa delivers packages of channels to 350,000 homes in Sweden. Originally known as Svensk Program Agentur (SPA), it was created in 1994 following the merger of several local cable operators. MTG bought […]

Telenet spurred by triple-play gains

Belgian cable operator Telenet reported “solid net triple-play growth” in the first quarter and recorded 57,100 net subscriber additions to its digital TV, broadband internet and fixed telephony services. The Liberty Global-backed operator said that it attracted 24,100 net triple-play subscribers, the best first quarter performance since 2009 “despite the intensely competitive environment.” Triple-play growth was […]

Telenet cable TV churn hits five year low

Belgian cable operator Telenet said it lost 8,700 basic cable TV subscribers in Q2 2013  – its lowest level of basic cable television churn since Q2 2008.  The firm said that subscribers to total basic analogue and digital cable television services were 2,097,500 at the end of June 2013, which represented approximately 73% of homes passed […]

Global DTH revenues set to overtake cable this year

Global DTH revenues are set to overtake cable TV revenues this year, according to an analysis by Digital TV Research. Satellite TV revenues are expected to account for 45.9% of total pay TV revenues in 2013, rising to 47.6% by 2018, while analogue and digital cable’s share of the pie will fall from 45.9% this […]