Charter Communications

Charter and Comcast throw combined weight behind Xumo brand

Charter Communications and Comcast, the two largest cable providers in the US, have announced that their streaming platform joint venture will now operate and conduct business as Xumo, evolving the brand from a free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) service to an entire entertainment ecosystem inclusive of streaming devices, content, and a platform for partners to […]

Charter price increases see customers migrate to cheaper PayTV packages

Charter Communications, the second largest cable provider in the US, shed 211,000 residential video customers in Q3 2022. Overall, the company’s customer base in this segment is now 14.64 million, down 4.2% year on year. The decline is part of a general pattern in cable – though it has been exacerbated by recent price increases. […]

Comcast and Charter name new head of streaming tech JV

US cable giants Comcast and Charter Communications have named Marcien Jenckes to head their recently formed streaming platform joint venture. The streaming JV will be charged with developing and offering a next-generation streaming platform on a variety of branded 4K streaming devices and smart TVs Comcast will license Flex, its aggregated streaming platform and hardware […]

WarnerMedia signs HBO Max distribution deal with Charter

The battle lines are continuing to be drawn in the US’s streaming wars, with the latest news being a distribution agreement between AT&T’s WarnerMedia and operator Charter Communications.  The deal will see Charter customers who subscribe to HBO be given complimentary access to Warner’s upcoming HBO Max streamer at no additional charge when it launches […]

Charter signs Disney deal with potential for streaming distribution

US telco Charter and Disney have signed an expanded distribution deal which opens the door to the future possibility of carrying Disney’s streaming services Hulu, ESPN+ and Disney +. The multi-year deal will see the telco’s Spectrum service offer a range of Disney’s ever-increasing roster of TV channels, including ESPN, the soon-to-launch ACC Network and […]

All-time high US cord cutting ‘freaking ugly’, claims MoffettNathanson

Cord cutting in the US is expected to reach an all-time high of 5.5% in Q2. According to equity research company MoffettNathanson, the figure is predicted to be reached once all Q2 reports are rendered.  AT&T, Comcast and Charter Communications, three major US telcos that have already released their quarterly results, have lost a combined […]

Charter launching OTT TV service with Viacom as key supplier

US cable operator Charter Communications has become the latest operator in the market to launch a low-cost OTT TV offering, in its case targeted exclusively at its own broadband-only subscribers. Spectrum TV Essentials is targeted at Charter subscribers that don’t take the operator’s pay TV services. The service, to be launched at the end of […]

Charter’s Spectrum TV app launches on Apple TV

Charter Communications’ Spectrum TV App has launched on Apple TV devices in the US. The operator said that 50 million homes across its footprint now have access to live channels and tens of thousands of on-demand programs on the Spectrum TV App for Apple TV. Starting this week, new and existing Spectrum TV and internet […]

US pay TV subscriber losses mount

The top 10 US pay TV providers recorded a total net loss of over 358,000 subscribers in the second quarter, with gains for OTT TV options DirecTV Now and Sling TV only partially offsetting losses from their parent companies and the cable operators, according to Informitv’s latest Multiscreen Index. According to the latest edition of […]

Charter becomes latest operator to use Apple TV 4K as set-top

Apple announced a number of Apple TV updates and a partnership to supply the device to US cable operator Charter Communications at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) yesterday. Apple used the event to preview tvOS 12, the latest version of the Apple TV operating system. This will support Dolby Atmos, making Apple TV 4K the […]