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Pay TV distributors are looking to new video packages after another disastrous quarter, and it might be their only option

The pay-TV industry just had its second-worst quarter of subscriber losses. To blunt the damage, MVPDs will try to appeal to viewers with more specific content bundles. It might be the only option available to them as they fight against subscriber losses. Pay TV had another disastrous quarter of subscriber losses. Some analysts are projecting the industry lost almost 1 million subscribers in the fourth quarter, the second worst only to a quarter before, when the sector lost more than one m...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Time Warner, Africa, Disney, US, Trends, Comcast, Zimbabwe, Frost Sullivan, DirecTV, Rayburn, Dan Rayburn, Amdocs, Darcy Antonellis, Matt Strauss


After another disastrous quarter for pay TV, distributors are looking to new video packages – and it might be their only option

The pay-TV industry just had its second-worst quarter of subscriber losses. To blunt the damage, MVPDs will try to appeal to viewers with more specific content bundles. It might be the only option available to them as they fight against subscriber losses. Pay TV had another disastrous quarter of subscriber losses. Some analysts are projecting the industry lost almost 1 million subscribers in the fourth quarter, the second worst only to a quarter before, when the sector lost more than one m...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Time Warner, North Korea, Africa, Disney, US, Trends, Comcast, Kim Jong Un, Zimbabwe, Frost Sullivan, DirecTV, Rayburn, Dan Rayburn, Amdocs


AT&T signed an '8-digit' deal that isn't good news for VMware, Cisco or Huawei — but could be great for Google Cloud (VMW, CSCO, T)

AT&T is spearheading an ambitious project called Airship that could have a massive impact on the $350 billion telecom equipment industry. AT&T has signed an "8-figure" three-year deal with a company called Mirantis in service of this project. Airship is a new way to build a cloud that doesn't rely on expensive hardware and software from traditional vendors — meaning AT&T is likely going to be buying less from companies like Cisco or VMware.  The outcome of the joint project will be used to bui...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Trends, Cisco, Comcast, Ibm, Huawei, SK Telecom, Amazon Web Services, Vmware, Mirantis, Kubernetes, Open Compute Project, AT T, Google Google


How to cast videos to Roku from your phone onto your TV

When you cast to Roku, you're quickly queuing up content from your phone to play on your TV. First-time set-up for casting to Roku requires a few steps. Casting plays content from supported channels and is not the same as screen mirroring. You may already know of the conveniences of casting video from your phone to your TV using a Google Chromecast device. But did you know you can also cast content to a Roku? Casting to a Roku is as simple as tapping an icon, once you set it up. It may...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Trends, Netflix, Comcast, Xiaomi, Roku, Roku Streaming Stick, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku Rest, Roku Casting to Roku


Gen Z prefers traditional media outlets over millennial-targeted ones like BuzzFeed and HuffPost

Hello! Thanks for subscribing. If you got this newsletter forwarded, sign up for your own here. Something to mull this week: Brands and publishers have been obsessing forever over how to reach millennials, but a new study by The Atlantic’s creative marketing group Atlantic Re:think, Comscore, and Harvard College Consulting Group should challenge their thinking on people 18-24. The study has big implications for media and brands as they look for their next generation of users and customers. The ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Hbo, Hollywood, Microsoft, Youtube, Time, Disney, US, Trends, Netflix, Atlantic, Comcast, Imran Khan, Jeremy Darroch, The New York Times


BuzzFeed cut 15% of its staff, and some critics are now taking shots at CEO Jonah Peretti's strategy

BuzzFeed just laid off 15% of its staff, including its first big cuts in its news division, BuzzFeed News. The cuts were a reckoning for a company that seemed like it had cracked the code and figured out how to support high-quality, online journalism with advertising. Now, critics are blaming CEO Jonah Peretti, saying that in his quest to make a 21st-century journalism company, he didn't recognize the limitations of the business model for news. Last month, 43 staffers at BuzzFeed News, the ne...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, London, Buzzfeed, Australia, North Korea, France, Politico, Disney, US, Trends, Nike, Spain, Netflix, Comcast


BuzzFeed just cut 15% of its staff, and some critics are now taking shots at CEO Jonah Peretti's strategy

BuzzFeed just laid off 15% of its staff, including its first big cuts in its news division, BuzzFeed News. The cuts were a reckoning for a company that seemed like it had cracked the code and figured out how to support high-quality, online journalism with advertising. Now, critics are blaming CEO Jonah Peretti, saying that in his quest to make a 21st-century journalism company, he didn't recognize the limitations of the business model for news. Last month, 43 staffers at BuzzFeed News, the ne...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, UK, London, Buzzfeed, Australia, France, Politico, Disney, US, Trends, Nike, Spain, Netflix, Comcast


Jim Steyer runs the powerful nonprofit Common Sense Media; now he’s using his influence to battle big tech

California Governor Gavin Newsom earlier today proposed a so-called digital dividend that would let consumers share in the profits generated by California-based tech companies that have been “collecting, curating and monetizing” their users’ personal data. Newsom added that he has asked his administration to develop a proposal for a “new data dividend for Californians, because we recognize that data has value, and it belongs to you.” It’s an idea that tech companies will surely argue against if ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Media, California, Youtube, Stanford, Politico, Disney, Alabama, San Francisco, Tech, Gop


Dandelion Energy, the Alphabet X spinout, raises another $16M led by GV and Comcast

As tech companies continue their race to control the smart home, a promising energy startup has raised a round of funding from traditionally-tech and strategic investors, for a geothermal solution to heat and cool houses. Dandelion Energy, a spinout from Alphabet X, has raised $16 million in a Series A round of funding, with strategic investors Comcast Ventures leading the round along with GV, the investment arm of Alphabet formerly known as Google Ventures. Lennar Corporation, the home building...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Energy, Fundings & Exits, TC, Gadgets, New York, Science, Hardware, America, Tech, Comcast, Smart Home, Geothermal Energy, Comcast Ventures, Maguire


Comcast thinks its secret weapon is an app that lets it talk directly to consumers

Comcast is making Xfinity XFi its biggest priority this year. XFi is a mobile app that lets Comcast customers set up wifi networks, troubleshoot network issues, and see what devices are connected to their networks. The company believes having a product that promotes engagement with consumers will keep them subscribing. Cable companies want to differentiate themselves in a broadband market rife with competition. To set itself apart from competitors, Comcast is prioritizing Xfinity XFi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Europe, Disney, US, Trends, Comcast, Xiaomi, Stirling, AT T, Fraser Stirling, Comcast SVP


As cable companies try to differentiate themselves in a competitive market, Comcast thinks its secret weapon is an app that lets it talk directly to consumers

Comcast is making Xfinity XFi its biggest priority this year. XFi is a mobile app that lets Comcast customers set up wifi networks, troubleshoot network issues, and see what devices are connected to their networks. The company believes having a product that promotes engagement with consumers will keep them subscribing. Cable companies want to differentiate themselves in a broadband market rife with competition. To set itself apart from competitors, Comcast is prioritizing Xfinity XFi...
Tags: Google, Europe, Disney, US, Trends, Comcast, Donald Trump, Stirling, AT T, Michael D Antonio, Fraser Stirling, Comcast SVP


The State Of Internet Privacy In 2019

Internet privacy is something that more and more people are becoming concerned with, and for good reason. While our use of websites and apps skyrockets, so does the chance of someone violating your privacy. This is because the incentives are all messed up. It’s common practice for businesses to try and acquire as much personal information about you as possible. That’s because this data is more powerful than ever. When a business has a ton of data about you they can be more effective with their m...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Privacy, Eu, Netflix, Comcast, Vpn, Branding, Napster, FastPeopleSearch, Comcast Xfinity AT T Verizon Fios


Net neutrality advocates testified before Congress on the FCC’s dismantling of the 2015 Open Internet Order

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers hours before appearing on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here. Net neutrality advocates including former FCC chairs Tom Wheeler and Michael Powell testified before House lawmakers from the Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday on the FCC’s dismantling of the 2015 Open Internet Order in June. The Open Internet Order  — which enacted net neutrality rules —  classifi...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Facebook, Fcc, Congress, California, US, Trends, Comcast, House, Tom Wheeler, Ftc, Nbc Sports, Netflix Amazon, Energy and Commerce committee, Business Insider Intelligence


Meet the power players of Comcast who will do battle with Disney and Google in the year ahead

Comcast closed a $39 billion acquisition of Sky in 2018 and announced priorities that all of media and telecom will be watching. We spoke to industry experts and Comcast to identify the executives who are leading the most important initiatives there. From Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch to NBCU CEO Steve Burke, here are the power players of telecom behemoth Comcast. Comcast was at the center of the megadeals that came to define media and telecom in 2018. It made a failed bid for 21st Century Fox a...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Ge, Nbc, Time Warner, Disney, US, Trends, Fox, Netflix, Pandora, Comcast, Premier League, Sky, Jeremy Darroch, Watson


Notary Startup Notarize Lands Wayfair, HubSpot Executive As COO

Notarize, the Boston-based online notary startup, has hired Elizabeth Graham, a former Wayfair and HubSpot executive, to be its new chief operating officer.Graham told Xconomy in an interview that her focus will be on refining the company’s Web app that connects users with one of its notaries based in Virginia, Texas, or Nevada, and helping position the platform as an attractive tool for companies that rely on notary services.“Customer experience is paramount for us,” Graham said. “Job number o...
Tags: Startups, Texas, Boston, Virginia, Trends, Tech, Comcast, South Dakota, Graham, Nevada, Coo, HubSpot, Redfin, Operations, Polaris Partners, Wayfair


New Net Neutrality Bill Headed To Congress

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) said today he would "soon" introduce a bill to permanently reinstate the net neutrality rules that were repealed by the Federal Communications Commission, led by chairman Ajit Pai, in 2017. From a report: Markey's announcement comes as a federal court is set to hear oral arguments over the FCC's repeal of net neutrality regulations in 2017. Markey, who is a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, has previously introduced a bill that would permanently reinstate net neut...
Tags: Verizon, Fcc, Congress, Senate, Tech, Comcast, House Of Representatives, Mozilla, Federal Communications Commission, Markey, Ajit Pai, Senate Commerce Committee, Ed Markey D MA


The Super Bowl gets voice-enabled

Amazon, Dish, Comcast and others are hoping to turn Super Bowl 2019 into a way to show off the potential for their voice technologies and TV integrations. The companies this week have been touting new features and a variety of voice commands that will allow viewers to get prepared for the big game, learn about players and teams, tune into NFL news and highlights, set their recordings, and more. In some cases, this may be as simple as asking your TV to tune to the Super Bowl, record the event,...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Football, Sports, NFL, Tech, Comcast, Super Bowl, Tom Brady, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Jared Goff, Rams, Julian Edelman, Google Home


Digital TV advertising may have duopoly problem — and it could get worse as ad-supported streaming explodes

Comcast's Freewheel and Google are the only two options that can serve OTT ad campaigns at scale. That's a problem because some publishers say neither option fully suits their needs. The situation could get worse as ad-supported, video-on-demand options proliferate in 2019. Digital TV advertising may have its own duopoly problem. As OTT and connected television explodes, there are only two options for serving ad campaigns at scale: Google and Comcast's Freewheel. The industry wishes ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, China, Trends, Comcast, Gm, Roku, Hulu, Morgan Stanley, Nbcu, Ott, Campbell, AT T, Tubi, Dave Clark, Digital TV


The forthcoming WarnerMedia streaming service will be partially supported by ads

In November, AT&T opened up about its plans for its forthcoming WarnerMedia streaming service, which aims to leverage the entertainment properties AT&T gained by way of its Time Warner acquisition last year. The company said the service will have three tiers — an entry-level, movie-focused service; a premium tier with original programming and blockbusters; and a bundle that includes them both. Today, AT&T revealed another detail: Some of the service’s content will be supported by advertising. Sp...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Hbo, TV, Movies, Media, Time Warner, Tech, Walmart, Netflix, Comcast, AT T, Streaming, Hulu, Cord Cutting, Warner Brothers


Online Piracy Can Be Good For Business, Researchers Find

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Piracy isn't always the vile market bogeyman it's portrayed to be by the entertainment industry, a new joint study by Indiana University has found. Indiana University Researchers like Antino Kim say that online piracy can sometimes have a positive impact on markets, and being overly-aggressive in the policing and punishing of pirates may sometimes be counterproductive. As an example, Kim's study ("The 'Invisible Hand' of Piracy: An Economic A...
Tags: Hbo, Tech, Comcast, Kim, Bittorrent, Indiana University, Indiana University Researchers, Antino Kim


Terabyte-Using Cable Customers Double, Increasing Risk of Data Cap Fees

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: U.S. cable Internet customers are using an average of 268.7GB per month, and 4.1 percent of households use at least 1TB, according to new research by the vendor OpenVault. Households that use at least 1TB a month are at risk of paying overage fees because of the 1TB data caps imposed by Comcast and other ISPs. Terabyte users nearly doubled year over year, as just 2.1 percent of households hit the 1TB mark last year, according to OpenVault. O...
Tags: Tech, Ars Technica, Comcast, UBB


Industry experts think NBCU may have the winning formula when it comes to its free streaming service

Industry experts think NBCU's planned streaming service could succeed, given the global footprint of Comcast and Sky. The service's ad-supported model might be its best shot at getting rivals to license content to its platform and create a more valuable service. But it will face heavy competition from similar services coming from AT&T and Disney, not to mention other OTT options that already have millions of subscribers. On Comcast's fourth-quarter earnings call, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke ...
Tags: Apple, Disney, Trends, Comcast, Xiaomi, Hulu, Nbcu, Morgan, AT T, Burke, Steve Burke, DeGroote, Simulmedia, Dave Morgan, Tim Hanlon, Todd Klein


Your customer service strategy

Customer service isn’t simply an expensive, time-consuming obligation. It’s a strategic marketing investment if you want it to be. When Tony built Zappos, he invested in having his customer service people spend hours on the phone with customers, rewarding them for going to great lengths to create memorable interactions. It created a billion dollar shoe store. When Fedex was building relationships with busy businesspeople who would become the backbone of their customer base, they answered the pho...
Tags: Apple, Google, Uncategorized, Tesla, Comcast, Ford, Gm, Silicon Valley, Zappos, Fedex, Branding, Tony, Apple FedEx


Comcast loses cable users, but internet subscribers surge

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast continues to lose its U.S. cable customers, but racked up more internet subscribers and got a revenue boost from Sky, its big bet on European TV. The Philadelphia company said Wednesday that it lost 29,000 U.S. cable customers in the fourth quarter, but added 351,000 internet subscribers. It also gained […]
Tags: Business, New York, Technology, News, Ap, Comcast, Philadelphia


'People are developing subscription fatigue': Viacom explains why it bought Pluto TV for $340 million instead of trying to build the next Netflix

Viacom paid $340 million for Pluto TV because it sees a big market for free, ad-supported video, CFO Wade Davis said. People are getting subscription fatigue and just want to be entertained, he said. Pluto took in less than $100 million last year, but Viacom sees it becoming a billion-dollar business. For all the hoopla around Netflix and Hulu, there’s a big untapped market for free, ad-supported video, and that’s why Viacom bought Pluto TV, Wade Davis, CFO of Viacom, told Business Insider. V...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Youtube, US, Trends, Netflix, Comcast, Xiaomi, Davis, Hulu, Pluto, Latin America, Viacom, Pluto TV, Alan Wolk, Rodney Dangerfield


Comcast Lowered Cable Investment Despite Net Neutrality Repeal

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Comcast's cable division spent 3 percent less on capital expenditures last year, despite promises that the repeal of net neutrality rules would boost broadband network investment. Comcast's cable division spent $7.95 billion on capital expenditures during calendar year 2017, but that fell to $7.72 billion in the 12 months ending on December 31, 2018. Comcast's overall capital expenditures went up 2.3 percent, from $9.6 billion in 2017 to $9....
Tags: Tech, Ars Technica, Comcast, Federal Communications Commission, Pai, Ajit Pai, Theme Parks Comcast, Ars Technology


Is Your Small Business Ready for Digital Transformation 2.0?

By Jeff Lewis Today’s customers expect rapid responses and personalized services no matter how they interact with your business, either by phone, email, website or mobile app. A fast and reliable small business network is an absolute necessity to meet customer expectations and power the next phase of digital transformation. In this ever-changing world, speed is currency. To survive and thrive, SMBs need to “act fast.” Those that don’t—or can’t—will quickly become extinct. That’s why a growing nu...
Tags: Business, Technology, Digital Transformation, Comcast, Idc, Right Now, SMB, Comcast Business, Jeff Lewis, Olivier Le Moal Shutterstock, Small Business Ready for Digital Transformation, Jeff Lewis Today, Comcast Business Digital


Broadcast mergers were huge in 2018, which means cable bills could skyrocket — but there's a silver lining for consumers

2018 was an active year for broadcast-station M&A, with $8.9 billion in deal volume, the second-biggest year in the past decade. Consolidation among broadcasters means that station ownership is concentrated among fewer broadcast groups. It also gives them more leverage in negotiating fees, which are then passed down to consumers in the form of higher cable and satellite bills. Consolidation among TV broadcasters and distributors ends up soaking consumers as cable and satellite bills ba...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Time Warner Cable, US, Trends, Comcast, Xiaomi, Jennifer Lopez, Nielsen, Tribune Media, Nexstar, Tribune, Verizon FIOS, SVP, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Charter Communications


Netflix's 18% price hike shows it got too comfortable being the only game in town, and it could be a costly mistake (NFLX, DIS, T, CMCSA)

Netflix's price hike, announced Tuesday, could hurt the company eventually, if not immediately, Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter said. Customers may not notice it right away, but may pay more attention later this year when Disney launches a rival service with movies and shows that are no longer on Netflix, he said. Few consumers are likely to choose more than one pure streaming service, and Netflix's price hike has left it vulnerable to price competition, he added. Netflix's price hike may com...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Hbo, Disney, US, Trends, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, Showtime, Starz, Warner, Warner Bros, Nbc Universal, Hulu, 21st Century Fox


NBCUniversal Planning a Streaming Subscription Service, May Take Back ‘The Office’ from Netflix

If you thought there were already too many streaming subscription services out there, you’re not going to like what NBCUniversal has planned for their library of TV shows and movies from NBC and Universal Pictures. Joining the likes of the forthcoming Disney and Warner Bros. streaming subscription services, media conglomerate NBCUniversal is creating their own ad-supported direct-to-consumer streaming subscription service that would be full of shows from NBC and movies from Universal Pictures, ...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Movies, Nbc, Office, Disney, Netflix, United States, Comcast, Nbcuniversal, Starz, Dreamworks Animation, Universal, Warner Bros, Nbc Universal, Hulu



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