Verizon Puts the Move on Video

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Verizon Puts the Move on Video

After Verizon's CFO sais that FiOS was a poor economic decision for the company, I would think video would not be on the VZ radar. The FiOS TV service is so expensive to deliver that Frontier raised rates over 70% when it took over former VZ FiOS territory -- and then decided to switch all the TV over to DBS.

Comcast buying NBCU was a little different, but cablecos have owned channels before, especially sports channels (MSG, YES, BayNews9).

Maybe the TV-cord-cutting crowd is scaring the cablecos, despite the rhetoric to The Street. Content is expensive to license and to deliver. And getting more expensive all the time. Meanwhile more video is being delivered as bits and bytes by Netflix, Amazon, the networks (USA, Comedy Central, ABC, CBS and CW - all have shows that can only be seen on-demand from thier website) and apps (HBO-on-the-Go and TWC Anywhere, for example). This means that TV revenues WILL decline.

How does the Duopoly make up the money and pay off the $250 Billion in debt it has accumulated????

Metering is one way. It increases the ARPU.

BTW, I find it interesting how the RBOC's have basically given up on DSL.


So VZ is now partnering with the Coinstar subsidiary, Redbox, to launch a video streaming service to compete with Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu.

This means that ATT will HAVE to go after DISH. Why? The wireless spectrum primarily but also DISH owns Blockbuster, satellive TV service, and Slingbox. Telco is a me-too industry. Unless ATT is going to abandon theh consumer space, relinquish it to the cablecos, it will have to make a move soon.

While Echostar owns Hughes Communications, the DISH company bought up spectrum from DBSD and Terrestar that DISH plans on utilizing to offer a hybrid satellite/terrestrial mobile broadband service. Today, DISH has a market cap of almost $13B, while Netflix is at $7B. Since spectrum is finite and like real estate, the extra $6B seems like a steal. Consider that AT&T bought spectrum from Qualcomm for $2B. That spectrum, which, according to Huffington, "Qualcomm stands to make a handsome profit on the spectrum. It paid $38 million for one slice of nationwide spectrum - the former UHF channel 55 - in 2002, then another $558 million in 2008 for UHF channel 56 over New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco." Qualcomm was using that spectrum for FLO TV, which failed. It consists of six D-block and five E-block licenses in the Lower 700 MHz band, giving AT&T post-transaction holding between 6 and 80 megahertz of spectrum below 1 GHz. Holding is key, because, like all cellcos whining about spectrum, AT&T HAS spectrum it has not deployed.

AT&T says it needs the spectrum, especially if VZW gets the SpectrumCo deal to go through whereby VZW buys all the AWS spectrum from the cablecos. So do the Rural Cellular Carriers. Makes DISH a big target for acquisition. However, Charlie Ergan still owns 51%.

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