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Cord cutting could claim another 6.2M video subs in 2020, analyst says

UBS predicted that the U.S. pay TV industry will lose another 6.2 million video subscribers in 2020, down slightly from the 6.4 million the analyst firm predicts will be lost in total this year. If that loss comes to bear it will represent a 6.7% rate of decline, ahead of 6.2% in 2019 and well ahead of 1.2% in 2018 when video subscriber losses totaled 1.2 million. – Ben Munson, FierceVideo » https://ift.tt/2rkg5be

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Comcast fights Google’s encrypted-DNS plan but promises not to spy on users

Comcast further said that it does not and has never sold “information that identifies who you are to anyone,” and the company claims it has never sold location data gathered from Comcast’s mobile service. Comcast also said it deletes DNS queries generated by its Internet customers every 24 hours “except in very specific cases where we need to research a security or network performance issue, protect against security threats, or comply with a valid legal request.” – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica » https://trib.al/gpKJpNu

Comcast loses 238K video subscribers in Q3

Video still accounts for the biggest chunk of the Comcast Cable business and the segment’s $5.54 billion in revenue was down just 0.9% from the year prior. In the meantime, Comcast’s broadband and business services revenues both rose 9.3% to $4.72 billion and $1.97 billion, respectively. Comcast’s wireless revenues rose more than 38% during the quarter, though it still only accounts for $326 million of the segment’s $14.58 billion in consolidated revenues, which were up 4% year over year. – Ben Munson, FierceVideo » https://ift.tt/2qF4Sl7 [photo: Orin Zebest/Flickr]

Comcast’s “free” streaming box actually requires an additional $13 / month fee

The $13-per-month rental fee for the xFi Gateway is a complete rip-off that Comcast (like other internet providers) pushes on its subscribers because people generally don’t know there’s an alternative. Instead of paying Comcast an additional $13 per month in perpetuity, you can instead buy a modem and router outright. By doing so, you’ll likely make up the upfront costs after a year, maybe two if you go for higher-end options. Once it’s paid off, you’ll be saving the $156 per year that you’re paying just to have a box sit in your house. – Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge » https://ift.tt/2JiUVjY

Cable customers hit with $450 per year in hidden fees, Consumer Reports claims

Consumer Reports claimed that cable companies about 10 years ago began throwing on additional fees – like Broadcast TV Fee, Regional Sports Surcharge, HD Technology Fee, and Network Access and Maintenance Fee – on top of the advertised rates for packages. The publication estimated that these company-imposed fees cost consumers about $37 per month (or $450 per year). The publication also claimed that the average cable bill includes 13 line item charges, and that pay TV providers could be making an estimated $28 billion a year from charging company-imposed fees. – Ben Munson, FierceVideo » https://ift.tt/2Oo5Qfg [photo: Orin Zebest/Fickr]

Charter taps ActiveVideo to offer next-gen spectrum guide to STBs

The CloudTV HTML5 cloud browser platform virtualises set-top box functions and enables the guide to be delivered from the cloud to any set-top without dependency on its memory capacity or CPU speed. ActiveVideo said that even the latest generation of the company’s WorldBox hybrid IP set-tops benefits from this combination of set-top resource independence and cloud delivery, allowing Charter to rapidly scale deployment of the guide across its nationwide footprint. – Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2O58mHh

Charter to distribute Disney streaming services

The deal is based on Charter’s future distribution of Disney’s streaming services — including Hulu, ESPN+ and Disney+ — to its Spectrum customers, and expands upon the previous deal which Spectrum TV will provide access to leading Disney channels. These include ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Freeform, ESPN, ESPN Deportes, SEC Network, Longhorn Network and the newly acquired networks of FX, Fox Life, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and BabyTV. – Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2yZHZtD

U.S. pay TV providers lost over 1.5M subscribers in Q2, Leichtman says

The top seven cable companies lost about 455,000 video subscribers in the second quarter – up from 275,000 subscribers one year ago – which were more net losses than any quarter since the second quarter of 2014. The top telephone providers lost about 100,000 video subscribers and the two publicly reported virtual MVPD services, Sling TV and AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) lost 120,000 subscribers. – Ben Munson, FierceVideo » https://ift.tt/2YJHHq3
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