Chase Carey Says Perceived Threats To Big Media Are Just “Noisy Headlines”

By | Thursday August 8, 2013 @ 9:36am PDT

21st Century Fox‘ COO came out swinging against those who say that companies like his — built on the bundled channel pay TV model — are headed for a fall. Chase Carey told analysts today that it’s a … Read More »

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Pay TV Cord Cutting Accelerated In Q2: Analyst

By | Tuesday August 6, 2013 @ 8:58am PDT

All of the major cable, satellite, and telephone company video providers are accounted for following Q2 reports today from Charter and Dish Network. And they show that the collective number of pay TV customers declined by 380,000, a drop of … Read More »

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Millennials Study: More Are At Risk For Cord Cutting, TV Everywhere A Must

By | Tuesday June 11, 2013 @ 6:30am PDT

A new study suggests that pay-TV providers might not be able to count on today’s 18- to 34-year-olds as longtime future customers. At the Cable Show today in Washington, Pivot — Participant Media’s cable network that launches August — released the first of what says will be an annual industry report about how millennials consume TV content. The study looked at “broadbanders” (aka “cord cutters” or “nevers”), those who do not currently subscribe to pay TV services but have broadband/Internet access and watch TV programming, and “cross-platformers” (aka “strayers”), subscribers who have both broadband and Pay TV. Among the key findings: 13% of 18-34 year olds (8.6 million) who already have broadband service are committed to a broadband-only existence, a much higher percentage than in previous reports. In addition, many cross-platformers are looking to stray from the “pay-TV ecosystem” (17.9 million 18-34s, as well as 32 million 18-49s). But the report also indicates that 7% of at-risk cross-platformers would consider keeping their pay TV subscriptions if offered programming streamed live and on demand anywhere/everywhere, and 58% of broadbanders would consider subscribing to TV for a bundle of networks from their broadband provider, streamed live and on demand. Not surprisingly, 92% of respondents ages 18-34 want VOD streamed everywhere and anywhere and 94% would feel more positively about networks that offer VOD streamed everywhere. Read More »

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Liberty Media’s John Malone Calls Pay TV Sports Prices “Unsustainable”: Video

By | Friday April 12, 2013 @ 10:01am PDT

The former King of Cable — who recently agreed to buy more than 27% of Charter Communications – has a bracing warning for companies such as Disney and News Corp that hope to keep raising prices for their sports programming. “You have an unsustainable model,” he told CNBC’s … Read More »

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Growing Numbers Of Pay TV Subscribers Say They’ll Cut The Cord, But Don’t: Survey

By | Thursday March 7, 2013 @ 1:09pm PST

Pay TV subscribers cutting the cordThis is a familiar dilemma for pay TV providers: Lots of subscribers who threaten to cancel the service are full of it. The phenomenon shows up clearly in the results of Morgan Stanley’s … Read More »

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Jeff Bewkes Says Pay TV Providers Have No Reason To Fear Cord Cutting

Don’t tell the Time Warner CEO that cable and satellite subscribers are fed up with rising prices, and tempted to replace them with some combination of free TV and Web services such as Netflix. Pay TV is “getting to be a better deal for consumers and a better deal in the opinion of consumers,” Jeff Bewkes told investors at the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet and Telecom conference. “Even in this recession, you don’t have cord cutting.” What’s more, TV viewing is up at a time when “you have increases in the quality and programming budgets of all these networks.” When companies including Time Warner Cable and Dish Network offer low priced packages with relatively few channels “nobody buys them.” And TV Everywhere will make consumers more attached to pay TV. “It’s all going on demand, on every Internet device you have for free because you have a subscription.” What if he’s wrong, and consumers want something cheaper? Time Warner will still be fine, Bewkes says. “We all know that the reason [prices are] up is the sports fee, it’s not anything else. Half of citizens don’t want that.” But 90% of his company’s affiliate fees come from four networks including TNT and TBS that are built around entertainment. If consumers want bundles without sports then “we’ll be in their bundles.” And low priced offerings would lower the threshold for subscribers to also subscribe to HBO. “That would be great for HBO,” Bewkes says. Read More »

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Pay TV Cord Cutting Will Be “Minimal” Over Next Five Years: Report

By | Wednesday February 20, 2013 @ 11:58am PST

PwC says that television execs have a little time to relax before their lucrative business models implode. The consulting firm reached its conclusion after sponsoring a recent debate between the Marketing Association of the Columbia Business School and the … Read More »

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