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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]

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‘Seinfeld’: Viacom Nabs Cable Rights To Comedy Series

Beginning in October 2021, the full library of all 180 Seinfeld episodes will leave their long-time cable home on TBS and will air across Viacom’s entertainment brands, including Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land. Additionally, catch-up episodes will be available through Viacom brands via authenticated video on demand, websites and apps. – Nellie Andreeva, Deadline Hollywood » http://dlvr.it/RDc70K [photo:Seinfeld/IMDb]

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

Cord cutting is getting ‘freaking ugly,’ analyst says

The three providers reported an aggregate of more than 1.2 million video subscriber losses, which lead MoffettNathanson to estimate the cord-cutting rate would reach 5.5% during the second quarter. That would be the worst it’s ever been, and the firm expects the trend will continue to accelerate during the second half of 2019. Although, when accounting for virtual MVPD subscriber growth, the rate slows to 2.7%.- Ben Munson, FierceVideo » https://ift.tt/2YyC5du

Disney and Charter are talking about carriage fees, and the outcome could affect how much you pay for cable in the streaming era

Content providers who have long pushed for higher carriage fees could face severe pushback from pay-TV providers who say that linear networks aren’t as valuable because so much content is available online — not only at Netflix and Amazon, but now within the content companies’ own streaming products. Moreover, if customers do flee the pay-TV bundle for streaming services, pay-TV providers may want to cut content spending even more to keep costs down. – Alex Sherman, CNBC » https://cnb.cx/32pUcVV

Amazon plans nationwide broadband—with both home and mobile service

“The Kuiper System covers the area between 56°N and 56°S latitudes,” the Amazon subsidiary told the FCC. “Accordingly, customers throughout [the] continental US, Hawaii, and all US territories will have access to Kuiper System services. So too will customers in many other countries within the coverage area. The Kuiper System will not provide FSS [fixed-satellite service] in the majority of Alaska, however, because the state’s high latitude is outside of the coverage area.” – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica » https://ift.tt/2JwITCQ

Pay-TV revenues to fall to 2010 levels

Eight of the top 10 countries will lose revenues between 2018 and 2024. The US will fall by $21 billion – or down by 22%. US pay-TV revenues peaked in 2015, at $106 billion, but its total will drop to $76 billion in 2024. The US is not the only loser, the UK will fall by nearly $1 billion between 2018 and 2024 – or down by 14%. – Broadband TV News » http://bit.ly/2HYtXxu
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