In a move that could signal major competition for cable companies, New York City has pledged to launch an ambitious public Wi-Fi project in 2015. Dubbed "LinkNYC," the service will provide free Internet service across the New York's five boroughs, as well as no-cost domestic calling and video chatting.
Around 74 percent of TV programming watched by Cablevision and Time Warner Cable subscribers in the New York DMA is viewed outside of prime time. These subscribers, on average, watch only about 25 of their channels each month. And 100 channels control 90 percent of the viewing. These are the findings of the first ever "New York Television Audience Insights Report," a quarterly research component focused on 3.5 million cable subscribers in the New York DMA and jointly produced by Cablevision and TWC.
As the third-quarter earnings season in the cable industry begins to wind down, one of the glaring trends that has emerged is that more consumers are opting to cut their cable or satellite service and use their broadband connection to get video service.
The National Labor Relations Board has charged Cablevision CEO James Dolan with threatening to withhold pay raises to his company's Brooklyn tech workers unless they voted to quit their union.
Continuing a third-quarter trend for pay-TV operators, Cablevision reported significant losses of 56,000 TV subscribers but saw revenue increase 3.7 percent to $1.63 billion, driven by higher customer fees.
Citing the cable company's ongoing battle with unionized technical workers in Brooklyn, the New York City Council is moving to block any potential deal that would let Cablevision convert the city's obsolete network of pay-phone booths into Wi-Fi hotspots.
The battle between Cablevision and its unionized Brooklyn workers continued to escalate Wednesday, with the cable company suing the Communications Workers of America Local 1109 in New York Supreme Court.
Cablevision said its Brooklyn-based field technicians and dispatchers voted 129-115 against maintaining union representation with the Communication Workers of America (CWA), in a nonbinding straw poll conducted by a third-party firm Sept. 10.
A group called "Cablevision99," which claims to represent nearly 300 unionized Cablevision technical workers in Brooklyn, has posted a YouTube rap video with a title, "Strike," and lyrics that the Bethpage, N.Y. cable company certainly won't find catchy.
Cox Communications has no plans to merge with or buy T-Mobile US, or rival MSOs for that matter, Cox President Pat Esser said. Reuters had recently reported that French mobile and Internet firm Iliad was working with Dish Network, Cox, Charter Communications and others to improve its $15 billion offer for 56.6 percent of T-Mobile, which T-Mobile has deemed too low.