Charter reportedly is in discussions with cable networks about developing an inexpensive streaming offering, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
The bundle, which would not include any major sports channels, would cost between $15 and $20 per month, and directly contradicts President and CEO Tom Rutledge's recent statements rejecting the idea of debuting an over-the-top video service.
That said, money talks. While Charter Communications doesn't want high-value service customers to choose a less revenue-generating OTT option, by shunning the market entirely Charter cuts itself off from those households uninterested in or unable to pay for traditional cable bundles.
This already appears to be happening: Last quarter, Charter lost about 100,000 video subscribers, according to its annual report. While most losses occurred in legacy Time Warner Cable markets, some subscribers dropped legacy Charter services, the company said.
Bolstering talk about Charter's potential OTT offering is recent news about the operator's pact with AMC Networks to distribute original AMC content. And Charter already has infrastructure in place to support OTT, the company said.
"Charter wants programmers to offer their content OTT. We have invested millions of dollars building an infrastructure that enables and encourages our customers to watch video online or OTT," the company said in a March 2016 SEC filing.
Charter declined to comment on the report, a spokesperson told Light Reading's Mari Silbey.
A growing array of diverse services geared toward wider user bases, predictive analytics and automation add up to more pressure on service providers to ensure their networks are secure – and greater chances to sell security services to enterprise and residential customers.
Heavy Reading Principal Analyst for Wireless Data Services & LTE Gabriel Brown and Ryan McCowan, who heads up Fiber Access & Aggregation at ADTRAN, will host a webinar on 'Addressing the 5G Densification Challenge with Next-Generation PON.'
5G promises connectivity 10 to 100 times faster than 4G networks, with latencies less than 1msec, making real-time applications such as tactile Internet useable over mobile networks for the first time. However, mobile operators will need to deploy ten times as many radio sites, each with highly reliable plug-and-go multi-gigabit connections, to achieve that level of performance.
In this UBB2020 webinar, Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown and ADTRAN's Ryan McCowan will:
Discuss 5G densification strategies and their network impact
Outline the different requirements for backhaul and fronthaul needed to support 5G densification strategies
Explore next-generation PON-fixed access technologies and software defined networking principles as emerging solutions to accelerate 5G densification
Outline how NG-PON2, the next-generation multi-gigabit fiber technology, supports the x-haul (fronthaul, backhaul and crosshaul applications) requirements of 5G
NG-PON2 broadband access technology is already in trials with multiple major network operators but is it too early for the commercial deployment of this next generation ultra-broadband technology? In this UBB2020 live radio show, ADTRAN's Kurt Raaflaub provides an update on NG-PON2 developments and chats to Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre about how this technology could play a role in production access networks in 2017.