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Oct
24
2014

Comcast Has Deployed 5 Million New X1 Set Tops -

Comcast this week stated that the cable giant has deployed around 5 million of the company’s shiny new “X1″ set top boxes after beginning the deployment two years ago. Comcast says they’re on target to have X1′s in the majority of homes within the next three years, though that doesn’t include potentially-acquired Time Warner Cable customers who are getting new set tops of their own. Comcast’s 5 million deployed X1′s are only a fraction of […]

Oct
23
2014

More Than 30 Antitrust Experts Slam Comcast Merger -

Critics of Comcast’s proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable have heated up their assault on the merger, with more than thirty economics and antitrust law experts this week warning the FCC that the proposed merger would hurt competition and be a detriment to consumer welfare. According to the sixteen-page letter, the Comcast merger would give the cable giant control of 40% of the broadband market, and the leverage necessary to wage an aggressive […]

Oct
23
2014

Weekend Reading: 2,444,672 FCC Net Neutrality Comments -

In a new blog post, the FCC’s Gigi Sohn notes that the agency has so far received 3.9 million comments on the agency’s net neutrality proceedings to date, filed both through the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) and the agency’s dedicated openinternet@fcc.gov email address. If you’re in the mood for some light reading this weekend, Sohn notes that the agency has ow released some 2,444,672 of those comments in one zipped XML file. “As […]

Oct
23
2014

Sprint Bumps $20 600 MB Data Plan to 1 GB -

While T-Mobile’s industry disruption has resulted in some pricing shifts by AT&T and Verizon, most of these changes by bigger players have been cosmetic in nature, focusing on upselling heavy users by reducing prices for bigger data allotments (usually customers on 10 GB plans or above). Today Sprint bucked that trend slightly by announcing some changes to one of their lower-end plans: upping the 600 MB allotment on their $20 Family Share plan to 1 […]

Oct
23
2014

New NBA Deal to Raise Everybody's TV Rates -

Over the last few years, arguably the biggest factor for rising cable bills can be attributed to the price of sports programming. DirecTV is spending close to $1.5 billion annually to offer the NFL Sunday Ticket. Time Warner Cable spent $8 billion acquiring SportsNetLA, a Los Angeles Dodgers only channel. Now, Disney and Time Warner are paying the NBA $24 billion for nine additional years of TV rights. One research company (The Diffusion Group) notes […]

Oct
23
2014

Will Mobile Operators Lose $14 Billion in 2014 Revenue to OTT?

source: TeleGeography Mobile service providers will lose some $14 billion in revenue to over the top alternatives in 2014, according to Juniper Research. about 26 percent more lost revenue than in 2013, Juniper Research says. To be sure, such estimates are complicated, as researchers have to model revenue volumes “as if” competitive or replacement solutions did not exist, compare those hypothetical amounts to actual revenues and then estimate the amount of potential revenue lost because […]

Oct
23
2014

Verizon, Comcast Show 4% Revenue Growth in 3Q 2014; AT&T 2.5%

In a quarter with a lot of moving parts (shift in the way AT&T accounts for device sales, Leap Wireless and Alltel revenue and costs), AT&T reported third quarter 2014 revenues up 2.5 percent versus the year-earlier period. Verizon reported 89 cents in earnings per share for the third quarter of 2014, compared with 78 cents per share (or 77 cents on a non-GAAP adjusted basis) in the same quarter of  2013. Whether one is […]

Oct
23
2014

AT&T Feels Slight Pinch From T-Mobile Competition -

While T-Mobile’s tactics may not yet be truly hurting Verizon, AT&T’s latest earnings report indicates they’re feeling the pesky upstart’s assault. AT&T’s latest earnings missed Wall Street estimates, and the company had to lower growth projections due to what has largely been superficial price competition with T-Mobile. Still, AT&T posted net income of $3 billion on revenues of $32.9 billion, adding a healthy 785,000 postpaid wireless subscribers. AT&T also sports a 0.99% churn rate, suggesting […]

Oct
23
2014

A Prime Example of Misleading Fees and 'Cable Bill Bloat' -

Bruce Kushnick laments how cable promotional offers can very quickly become costly, illustrating how his $90 Time Warner Cable Promotional bundle quickly ballooned to $190.77. Most readers will quickly and correctly state that this is how promotional offers work. I agree — if Kushnick doesn’t want that level of shock he should cut the cord or threaten to quit to negotiate better rates. Still, Kushnick makes the point that he never actually got to pay […]

Oct
22
2014

FCC Pauses 'Shot Clock' on Comcast, AT&T/DirecTV Deals -

The FCC today announced that the regulatory agency is pausing the 180-day “shot clock” on both the Comcast/Time Warner Cable and AT&T/DirecTV mergers. According to the FCC’s order, eight content companies including Disney, Time Warner, CBS, Twenty First Century Fox and Viacom raised opposition to competitors and other companies being able to see confidential carriage agreement details, even though companies that view this information must sign non-disclosure agreements. Meanwhile, companies like Dish and RCN and […]

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