Report: AMC looks to scoop up a share of BBC America

July 31, 2014
AMC Networks, which bought Chellomedia for $1.04 billion in October, appears to be in pursuit of BBC America, which is in some 80 million U.S. pay-TV households, according to published reports. AMC, owned by the same family that controls Cablevision, is looking to acquire nearly 50% of the BBC’s U.S. operation, according to Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources.

European broadcaster RTL Group acquires 65% stake in SpotXchange for $144M

July 31, 2014
More stirring of the digital ad pot today as European broadcaster RTL Group has acquired a 65% stake in U.S. digital ad group SpotXchange. The $144 million deal gives RTL a majority share of the company that currently is involved in auctioning about 1 billion advertising spaces per day, and makes it one of the earliest broadcasters to invest heavily in the programmatic video advertising.

Charter Q2 subscriber loss narrows, but earnings miss mark

July 31, 2014
Charter Communications (Nasdaq:CHTR) lost 29,000 video subscribers in the second quarter, but added 49,000 high-speed Internet customers, both improvements from a year ago when it lost 55,000 pay-TV subs and added just 38,000 to its Internet service.

DirecTV subscriber losses in 2Q slow to 34,000

July 31, 2014
DirecTV (Nasdaq:DTV) said it lost 34,000 subscribers in the second quarter, an improvement from a year ago when it lost 84,000. The satellite operator now has 20.23 million subscribers, that’s up about 231,000 from last year. DTV stock is up in pre-market trading, barely, after releasing its earnings this morning. The satellite provider last year said it was expecting “a more challenging competitive environment and mature industry” in the year ahead, and its average month subscriber churn rate this quarter rose slightly to 1.55% from 1.53% Y/Y.

Rumor du jour: Netflix has its eyes on Spain for next expansion in 4Q2015

July 30, 2014
With a third quarter launch planned for six European countries just a month or so away, Netflix, according to a rumor in Europa Press this week, has set its sights on another launch… this one in Spain in 4Q2015. Europe Press, citing an unnamed source, said there likely would be other countries launched at the same time, but had no additional details.