The DirecTV deal was AT&T’s first big gamble on the filmed entertainment distribution market. DirecTV has been shedding subscribers since the beginning of 2017.
AT&T’s buyout of a declining DirecTV and a sputtering Time Warner at the top of the market is materializing into a massive miscalculation.
FilmTake surveys the latest distribution and financing deals that concluded before, during, and just after the Toronto Film Festival.
YouTube TV will now include live sports and content from Time Warner to kick-start its takeover of terrestrial and cable television.
After decades of stifling innovation and blocking new content delivery models, cable companies are paying a hefty price that shows no sign of stopping.
In Q4 2016, 77% of respondents would only like to pay for the channels they watch, up 3% y-o-y. Pricing expectations are in contrast to what they are paying.
Only days apart, the UK’s largest satellite broadcaster, Sky, and the US’s biggest cable company, Comcast, announced plans to expand their services online.
When AT&T acquired DirecTV for $48.5 billion, they had big plans for mobile streaming. The FCC thinks DirecTV Now service “may obstruct competition and…”