• Rated ugly: Will TV Everywhere free us from bad cable box menus?

    As cable companies take on Netflix and Hulu with TV Everywhere, they'd do well to remember that where video content is concerned, a polished interface is part of the package, and the main area where they've been beat.

    At a time when more than 21 million people now regularly stream film or television content from services like Netflix Instant and Hulu, cable companies still think they have the consumer by the eyeballs, MORE

    - Oct 14, 2010 3:29 PM ET
  • Cablevision considers a dividend and spin-off

    By Scott Moritz

    Cablevision's Dolan family is weighing its options again. But while the chilly credit market puts some boundaries on the scope of the Long Island cable company's options, some of the more likely moves include a dividend and a spinoff of its Rainbow Media unit, say analysts.

    "We arrive at the view that given the current state of the credit markets and $1.7 billion in maturities [Cablevision faces] next year, the MORE

    - Aug 5, 2008 2:47 PM ET
  • Verizon to hike TV prices

    By Scott Moritz, writer

    Seeing no signs that the slowing economy is crimping consumer spending, Verizon (VZ) plans to raise prices on its nascent TV service.

    The New York phone giant reported first quarter earnings that met Thomson Financial's analyst estimate but missed the Bloomberg consensus by a penny Monday. On a conference call following the release, the company blamed the loss of a large former MCI business customer for some of the profit weakness.

    The most MORE

    - Apr 28, 2008 11:20 AM ET
  • AT&T swings the ax

    Slumping consumer spending leads to more belt-tightening in techland as AT&T (T) says it will cut about 4,650 employees as part of a "streamlining" effort.

    The San Antonio, Texas-based phone giant says the cuts will amount to about 1.5% of its 310,000 staff and largely involve regional managers. The move comes amid a steep decline in local phone lines as customers cancel service. The shrinking trend in Ma Bell's core business MORE

    - Apr 18, 2008 10:01 AM ET
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  • Comcast CEO: Content, content, content

    By Stephanie Mehta

    In his first-ever keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show Tuesday, Comcast  CEO Brian Roberts seemed to be saying content is king. (Not what you'd expect from the nation's largest distributor of pay television.)

    Roberts, who was joined by radio personality and "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest for part of his speech, told the Las Vegas audience Comcast (CMCSA) is embarking on a strategy to make a vast library MORE

    - Jan 8, 2008 3:56 PM ET
  • Cable trouble: Downsizing ahead?

    By Stephanie Mehta 

    With the cable industry in the doldrums, at least one consultant expects companies such as Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC) and others may be headed for some downsizing. Shahid Khan, partner at IBB Consulting Group, recently said he thinks the big cable operators are going to spend the next two to four quarters focused on "operational efficiencies."

    "They've had the happy problem of growth," says Khan. "Now that's MORE

    - Nov 7, 2007 12:47 PM ET
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