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US cable sector headed for 18 months of slowing growth

That’s according to credit-rating giant Moody’s, whose Investors Service has predicted that cash-flow growth for cable MSOs will slow to about 4.2% now that mega-merger frenzy appears to have slowed down. In 2017, when Charter swallowed Time Warner Cable, cash-flow improved to about 5.2% thanks to billions of dollars in cost-saving opportunities via synergies. – Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News https://ift.tt/2qq2Guz
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TV piracy causing €700m in damage in Germany per year

Overall, including the preceding and following stages of the value chain, the lost turnover amounts to around €700 ($810.0) million per year. This is associated with tax losses of €170 ($196.73) million per year. These are the results of a study German consulting and research group Goldmedia compiled for German commercial broadcaster association VAUNET (formerly VPRT). – Jörn Krieger, Broadband TV News https://ift.tt/2N7lFnd

Netflix, Amazon Video, and Xfinity are accidentally re-creating cable TV

For example, imagine what the science fiction fan of 2019 will need to do to keep up with the genre’s most prominent franchise content. Star Wars will live on Disney’s new proprietary service, but new episodes of Star Trek (both Star Trek: Discovery and the upcoming Next Generation sequel) are only available on CBS All Access. Meanwhile, The Expanse is exclusive to Amazon Prime. If fans want to watch DC’s superhero shows, as well, that’ll require a DC Universe subscription — although the CW shows featuring DC characters will only be available via the CW app — or, for patient fans who want a commercial-free option, Netflix. If they want to catch up on classic Doctor Who, they’d better have a Britbox membership. – Graeme McMillan, The Verge https://ift.tt/2MgeuwD

FCC says court made error in approval of AT&T/Time Warner merger

[The] DOJ appealed that court ruling last month, and yesterday the FCC gave the DOJ’s case a small boost. The FCC isn’t actually supporting the DOJ’s case, but the commission’s filing points out an error made by the US District Court for the District of Columbia. In US District Judge Richard Leon’s ruling against the DOJ, he said that he was “hesitant to assign any significant evidentiary value” to previous statements that AT&T and the AT&T-owned DirecTV made to the FCC. AT&T’s own statements to the FCC, made in the years prior to the AT&T/Time Warner merger, supported the DOJ’s case that a merged entity could raise the price of programming. Those AT&T statements were made as part of the FCC’s 2010 review of the Comcast/NBCUniversal merger and in other FCC proceedings. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica https://ift.tt/2P6mpKN

DISH Network claims BitPay first for customer payments

DISH is migrating from its former payment processor to BitPay and customers can now use Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash to pay for monthly subscriptions, as well as pay-per-view films and events. As a push transaction, a DISH customer sends the exact amount of Bitcoin or Bitcoin Cash needed to make one-time payments on mydish.com or DISH’s Hopper DVR. BitPay exchanges payments to US dollars at the moment of the transaction without cryptocurrency volatility risk. – Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News https://ift.tt/2vN9eXl

Top ten US pay-TV providers lose 358,000 subs in Q2 2018

Informitv calculated that the top 10 services for the United States in the Multiscreen Index now have 83.56 million television customers between them, accounting for slightly less than 70% of television homes. Subscriber numbers are as reported by service providers, rather than analyst estimates. Cox Communications is not included in the top 10 as it does not report subscriber numbers. – Joesph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News https://ift.tt/2vp6v5Z

Sales of Apple TV into double digits

A number of European operators including Canal+ and SALT have chosen Apple TV to deliver pay-TV services to consumers. Cook said a key catalyst had been the arrival of Apple TV 4K. Later this year Dolby Atmos audio would come to Apple TV – along with the largest available selection of Dolby Atmos movies – and new search functionality. – Julian Clover, Broadband TV News https://ift.tt/2OAs1wt
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