This week, we’ve seen some major video customer losses across cable companies in quarter 2 earnings reports (and a gain for one provider), a win for HBO subscribers using Amazon devices, and a new development in the theaters vs. film distribution debate. Here are some of our top stories from this week.
Cable Losses in Quarter 2
Comcast lost 477,000 TV subscribers in quarter 2, Altice lost 35,000, AT&T lost 886,000, and Verizon lost 81,000. It wasn’t a loss across the board. Charter/Spectrum reported a 102,000 TV subscriber gain for the quarter, driven by offers and programs to assist customers during the pandemic.
RSN Refunds Could be Coming
In its quarterly earnings call, Comcast shared plans to refund customers for regional sports fees paid while the pandemic prevented live sports from airing. No word on when those refund credits would be given, how much they would be, or whether other service providers will follow suit.
The NBA is Back
Looking for a way to watch the NBA’s restarted season? We’ve got you covered.
The Theatrical Window Just Got a Little Smaller
AMC and Universal have been in a monthslong dispute about how the theatrical window, or how long movies have to stay in theaters and how long studios have to wait after that theatrical run before releasing movies on-demand. This week, the two companies agreed to shrink that window.
More Content, Less $$$
This week, we shared some of our favorite free apps for news, weather, movies, and TV from the Roku Channel Store.
You Could Go Viral, Too
Adding to the list of free Roku content we’re watching this month, we shared a few channels for watching viral videos. The list includes cute pets, amazing humans, and a couple of channels that take viewer submissions. If you’re looking for 15 minutes of internet fame, this is one way to get it.
Hidden Fees are Rising
Spectrum is once again increasing the price of its broadcast TV fee, with prices going up again on August 5, and customers are noticing the rise of this “hidden fee” on their bills. In fact, some customers have a lawsuit against the company, claiming they’re using “bait and switch” tactics.
HBO Isn’t Leaving Amazon Just Yet
After we reported that Amazon and WarnerMedia’s deal to make HBO Now available on Fire TV devices was coming to an end, the two companies came to an agreement to keep an HBO app on the platform.
The Hits Keep Coming for Cable
Last week, DISH lost 10 local stations after negotiations with Apollo Global Management about Cox stations went south. This week, DISH lost Scripp’s owned stations in 42 markets.
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Jess Barnes attended Edinboro University and spent years working in nonprofit before taking up freelance writing in 2012. Jess has been working for Cord Cutters News since 2017.