Sizing up cable's top vendors in four key sectors

It's not easy to be a cable vendor in the Year of Our Disruption, 2016.

You have to keep up with all kind of emerging video technology -- everything from over-the-top delivery to high dynamic range (HDR) and 4K.

And what's in FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's head may not be in yours. But somehow, you have to find a way to predict an industry future that will be wrought by potential regulation, such as the FCC's "Unlock the Box" proposal. And that situation is further complicated by the fact that the industry has been stuck in the run-up to massive consolidation for the past 26 months.

But vendors could all end up getting rich, too, with MSOs spending big on the DOCSIS 3.1 transition to keep up with their fiber rivals, while extending the possibilities of their Wi-Fi services, just to name a few growing business paths.

In FierceCable's latest special report, we worked with research firm IHS to look at how the vendors in four key pay-TV sectors are competing by examining their challenges, opportunities and leaders. 

I hope you enjoy the read.—Daniel

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