A La Carte

Don’t Look Now, but the Great Unbundling Has Spun Into Reverse

Location:
Columbia University, Broadway and 116th Street Uris Hall, Room 142, New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
3

The internet promised to be the great unbundler. The evisceration of distribution costs would free consumers from paying for cable television channels they never watched, allowing them to bypass cable monopolies and pay only for the shows they wanted. But paradoxically, the same forces that allowed classified ads and news to be so easily separated also drastically increased the economic rationale for bundling across the board.

AT&T-Time Warner merger could be blessing in disguise for consumers

Location:
Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

If federal authorities play this correctly, the AT&T-Time Warner merger actually could be beneficial for consumers.

Analyst Sounds Warning Bells for Cable Broadband

Location:
MoffettNathanson LLC, 1180 avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
1

US cable has been routing the telecommunication competition on the broadband front, but a top industry analyst says he’s concerned about whether cable companies can sustain its rate of growth as the DSL opportunity dissipates and operators face more competition from fiber-fed Internet service providers.

20 Percent of Consumers Could Dump Cable in 2016, Study Finds

Location:
PricewaterhouseCoopers, 300 Madison Ave, New York, NY, 10017, United States
Recommendation:
1

Around 20 percent of cable customers could become cord cutters in 2016, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The best alternatives to the cable bundle are being offered by cable companies

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

The biggest threat to the cable TV bundle may actually be the companies provide them.

Execs from Discovery, Roku and others warn the skinny bundle will hamper content creation

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

While some in Hollywood are heralding a golden age of quality TV, driven by investments in new shows and movies by the likes of Netflix and Amazon, some content providers are warning of a slowdown in content innovation.

Your high cable bill, explained

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

"Why is my cable bill so high?" is a question you've likely asked yourself at one time or another.

Consumers want fewer TV channels and lower monthly bills - will 'skinny' packages work?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

American TV viewers receive an average 194 channels, and most people watch only about 17 -- a number that has not budged despite the proliferation of networks, according to measurement firm Nielsen.

Why Sony decided to jump into streaming video, and where it’s going next

Location:
Sony Online Entertainment, San Diego, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Streaming services are all starting to look the same: a bundle of channels -- some you want, some you don't -- slightly slimmer and cheaper than what you get from cable. But during the week of July 10, Sony started to break the mold by offering something consumers have long clamored for: an easy way to subscribe to channels on an a la carte basis.

What do people really want to watch on TV? Hint: It’s not ESPN or HBO.

Location:
Digitalsmiths, 320 Blackwell Street, Durham, NC, 27701, United States
Recommendation:
1

If cable TV viewers could create their own slim bundles of channels, what they really couldn't live without might surprise you. It's not necessarily ESPN or HBO, which command monster audiences for their biggest sports matches and shows.

Charter CEO’s 'Texas Two-Step'

Location:
Charter Communications, 12405 Powerscourt Dr, St. Louis, MO, 63131, United States
Recommendation:
1

Charter CEO Tom Rutledge may be known as a consummate cable operator, having led Cablevision Systems and Charter Communications through some rough waters, but he knows how to dance around an onerous regulatory framework as well, using something known back in his early days at Time Warner Cable as the “Texas Two-Step.”

Why Does the Cable-TV Bundle Exist Anyway?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Bundling scores of networks together has endured in large part because the programmers and distributors both made huge profits from new channels, rising numbers of subscribers and steadily higher cable bills. Plus, until recently, it would have been a logistical nightmare for distributors to sell channels individually. Now, pushback is building that could finally break the bundle.

The a la Carte Conundrum: How Much Would You Pay for These Channels?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

It should be no surprise that most Americans say they would prefer to create their own television bundle by picking and choosing which networks are included from an a la carte menu. A recent poll from Reuters/Ipsos found that 77 percent of Americans would like "a la carte pricing."

Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman Defends Cable Bundle

Location:
Viacom, 1515 Broadway, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
1

Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman defended the cable bundle and linear TV in general.

The Dreaded Bundle Comes to Internet TV

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

In short, instead of the Internet killing the bundle, the bundle is coming to the Internet; it would not be surprising if, in the next year or two, half a dozen more neo-bundlers join the game.

Verizon-ESPN dispute may pave way for a la carte pay-TV programming

Location:
ESPN, 935 Middle St, Bristol, CT, 06010, United States
Recommendation:
2

[Commentary] There's a reason ESPN sicced its lawyers on Verizon, shattering any pretense of being part of a big, happy pay-TV family. Verizon's new Custom TV bundles of channels -- which break off ESPN and other sports channels into a separate package -- could signal the end of a business model that cable networks love and consumers detest.

How Cable Lost the Remote

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
1

ESPN’s recent decision to sue Verizon over cable-package placement is one indication that change is afoot.

Resistance to Verizon FiOS Promotion

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
1

Disney and Fox took another swipe at Verizon, informing the telecommunications company that they would not run a commercial for FiOS’s new cable package on some of their channels.

Comcast Shouldn’t Be Able to Stop Verizon from Offering Better TV Plans

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

It seems anticompetitive that Comcast, through NBC, should be able to prevent Verizon, one of its competitors, from offering new, more flexible TV plans.

Verizon Changes the TV Conversation

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
2

Hey, TV networks: Two can play at this game. That may be the not-so-subliminal message underlying Verizon Communications’ move to offer subscribers smaller bundles of TV channels through its FiOS TV service. Under the new plans, customers get broadcast channels and a handful of other “base” networks.

Verizon Says It Doesn’t Need ESPN’s Okay to Break Up the Bundle

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
2

Verizon says it doesn’t need permission from ESPN or any other TV programmer to break up the bundle. Speaking on the company’s earnings call, Verizon chief financial officer Fran Shammo told investors that the company’s deals with TV programmers allow it to offer a new “customized TV” plan, which gives subscribers the ability to mix and match different clusters of cable channels.

ESPN says it won’t participate in Verizon’s slimmer bundles

Location:
ESPN, 935 Middle St, Bristol, CT, 06010, United States
Recommendation:
2

For sports fans, the new slimmer packages being offered by Verizon FiOS starting won't include one of the most popular networks in entertainment: ESPN.

Verizon Breaks Pay-TV Bundle as Competition Mounts

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
2

Verizon Communications said its FiOS service will offer new TV packages aimed at giving customers flexibility to purchase only certain groups of channels they want to watch, the latest sign of how pay-TV providers are adapting to stepped-up competition.

In cable, it’s survival of the fittest as channels drop from the bundle

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

It has been the worst year in recent memory for cable networks, with MSNBC, the History channel, Bravo, BET, USA Network and Comedy Central all seeing double-digit declines in audience in 2015.

Canada Going A La Carte

Location:
Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0N2, Canada
Recommendation:
1

Calling cable bundles large and expensive, Canadian regulators are breaking them up, big time. In what was billed as a World of Choice "roadmap," Canada's version of the Federal Communications Commission, The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), will start requiring multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs, aka pay-TV) to offer a la carte programming options and will not allow blackouts during carriage disputes between programmers and distributors.

Big pay-TV bundles going the way of the dinosaurs

Location:
Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Consumers no longer have to be held hostage by conventional pay-TV companies and their bloated bundles of hundreds of unwanted channels. But we still have a ways to go before people can purchase only the channels they watch.

Unbundling Pay-TV Brings New Questions

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

The media industry is racing toward an Internet-TV future at a breathtaking pace. But the swift changes, highlighted by efforts from Apple, Dish Network and others, are giving consumers an array of confusing options and forcing entertainment giants to confront some sober realities.

Should you ditch cable? Depends on what you want to watch.

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Is it time to cut the cord? This can be as confusing as picking a cable package -- and sometimes not quite worth it, based on your TV-watching personality.

Future of TV, cord cutting still jumbled

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

It’s clear that the oligarchy of cable and satellite companies controlling content delivery is crumbling, and the days of paying for hundreds of channels are coming to an end.

We Got a Look at the Future of TV -- On the Web, a la Carte

Location:
ESPN, 935 Middle St, Bristol, CT, 06010, United States
Recommendation:
1

Next year you won’t need a pay-TV subscription to see college football, or anything else ESPN shows on TV. You’ll just need to subscribe to Dish Network’s Sling TV service, which gives you ESPN and a dozen other channels, delivered over the Web, for $20 a month.

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