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February
2012

Rising Retransmission Consent Fees Are Putting Pressure on MSOs for a la Carte Programming Choices

Online Video Distribution (OVD) presents a long-term threat to the traditional broadcast model of information distribution, and this is why traditional MVPDs (multichannel video programming distributors such as cable operators and satellite television providers) are attempting to control the future of OVD via various “TV Everywhere” initiatives. As we draw nearer to the tipping point at which cable TV gives way to OVD, we will see various bumps along the way, some of which will be good for consumers.

For example, a la carte programming tiers may be one indirect benefit of competitive pressure being applied to traditional MVPDs by online video distribution.

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Written by: Carl Kandutsch

13
February
2012

Time Warner Cable/Insight Communications merger provides renegotiation opportunities for MDU owners in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana

After more than three months of negotiations with Insight Communications and Time Warner Cable executives, the city of Louisville, Ky., agreed to a $3.5 million franchise agreement with Insight on Friday.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

24
January
2012

Is online video distribution impacting cable subscription numbers?

An SNL Kagan report says that during the second quarter of 2010, cable lost 711,000 subscribers, with 6 of 8 MSOs reporting their worst quarterly subscriber losses ever – compared to a 378,000 gain during the same period the previous year.

Written by: Carl Kandutsch

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