The top execs at the nation's top MSO, Comcast, each pulled in more than $31 million in total compensation in 2013 with CEO Brian Roberts leading the way at $31.4 million and Steve Burke, now chief executive of NBCUniversal, gaining $31.1 million.
Cablevision continued to define the model of a family-run business when CEO James Dolan stepped down as president, relinquishing that title to his brother-in-law Brian Sweeney and naming his wife, Kristin Dolan, as the company's COO. Both were also elected officers of the company.
Cablevision has joined the parade of cable, satellite and telco MVPDs offering multi-tuner, multi-room DVR functionality for their residential broadband customers.
New Charter Communications SVP of Video Products Gary Schanman will see several familiar faces at his new job, as he is one of at least six Cablevision veterans to join CEO Tom Rutledge at the MSO.
Bright House Networks and DirecTV were the top two pay TV distributors in Temkin Group's annual customer service rankings, while Comcast and Charter Communications received the lowest ratings in the sector.
While taking the time to compliment Cablevision for its "strong net neutrality" stance, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings took to task other "big ISPs" that he claims constrain the over-the-top signal and create a degraded viewing experience for Netflix subscribers.
Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge said Monday that he sees opportunities within the next five years for the MSO to offer a broadband product that would rely on both unlicensed spectrum such as Wi-Fi and licensed spectrum that the company could purchase.
Cable overbuilder RCN said that it doubled the upload speeds for its two most popular broadband tiers, and that it won't charge subscribers additional fees for the upgrade.
Following similar moves from Cablevision and Time Warner Cable, Dish Network launched its Dish Anywhere app Wednesday on Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX tablets.
Cablevision dropped 18,000 net video subscribers in the fourth quarter, but the losses were fewer than analysts had expected and an improvement compared to the 50,000 subscribers it shed in Q4 2012.