Some Wall Street analysts see cable's entry into the wireless market as generally being via a careful, as opposed to aggressive, approach. Macquarie Research expects Charter Communications to add 650,000 mobile subscribers over the next 13 months, while Oppenheimer analysts predict that Comcast's Xfinity Mobile will have 1.3 million subscribers by the end of the year and 3.3 million by the end of 2020.
In places where there are more livestock than people and where miles of land separate one household from the next, finding an internet connection can sometimes be challenging. The length of time it would take and the amount it would cost to build a fiber network in certain remote regions can make it nearly impossible to bring high-speed fiber connections to rural areas. But America's internet service providers have been working towards innovative solutions to bridge the digital divide. Read more.
Altice USA is focusing on its current operations, namely de-leveraging and growth initiatives in the wake of its spinoff from Altice NV, says CEO Dexter Goei. Although its current projects are its main focus, the company is open to future potential acquisitions and consolidation, Goei says.
The American Cable Association has voiced its support for NCTA-The Internet & Television Association's push to eliminate or limit part-time leased access programming. The ACA and NCTA wrote in comments to the Federal Communications Commission that the rules force cable operators to pay additional costs that are not always sufficiently compensated.
Disney will need to sell 22 regional sports networks as a condition of its purchase of 21st Century Fox assets, and station groups such as Sinclair Broadcast Group could be among the bidders. Local stations are looking to regional sports, as well as news, to bring in new revenue streams and complement their focus on live programming, but they could face stiff competition from tech companies who want to boost their own national TV platforms.
Virtual multichannel video programming distributor service subscribers are "super users" who stream an average of 128 hours of content each month, per comScore data. That is more than twice the 54 hours streamed by the average household, the data show.
Facebook has acquired the rights to Spanish soccer league La Liga in India. The three-season deal begins this month, and fans in India and the Indian subcontinent can tune in through the platform at no cost.
Altice USA has filed a special temporary authority licensing application with the Federal Communications Commission to conduct testing on Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum. The company seeks to begin indoor and outdoor testing on Sept. 1 using small cell products and equipment from vendors including Nokia and Ericsson.
The top cable companies added 585,000 broadband subscribers in the second quarter, taking their subscriber count to 62.9 million, Leichtman Research Group reports. This marks the first year-to-year quarterly broadband subscriber increase since Q2 2016.