Starting this Sunday HBO may reshape the way people think of premium TV. It may also spell trouble for traditional pay-TV operators, despite HBO's efforts to the contrary.
Cablevision has become the first MVPD to embrace HBO's new a la carte streaming product, offering HBO Now to its Optimum broadband customers as an integrated service.
Cablevision CEO James Dolan will have the added responsibility of day-to-day operations for the family-controlled MSG, with the departure of CEO Tad Smith announced Monday.
Verizon's recent move to sell off its wireline assets in three markets to Frontier Communications will consolidate its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) FiOS service in the Northeast market, one where it will battle aggressive cable competition from Cablevision and a potentially soon-to-be-combined Comcast and Time Warner Cable for consumer broadband dollars.
Verizon Wireless is not that worried that cable MSOs will start eating into the wireless business with Wi-Fi-first business models, according to a senior Verizon executive. At an investor conference today, Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo touched on several hot-button issues for Verizon and the wider industry, including new FCC regulations on net neutrality and data roaming.
Cablevision lost 34,000 video subscribers in the fourth quarter, with its heavy competitive exposure to Verizon FiOS beginning to take a toll on the MSO's pay-TV customer base. But don't look for Cablevision to continue offering discounts and promotions to compete with FiOS, which now operates in more than 50 percent of its New York/New Jersey footprint.
Cablevision and Madison Square Garden Company CEO James Dolan have enlisted a team of bankers to explore the possibility of buying the New York Daily News, rival publication the New York Post reported Tuesday.
Cablevision's decision to launch its Freewheel Wi-Fi calling and data service was prompted by the MSO's desire for its customers to see a "tangible manifestation" of the company's extensive Wi-Fi network, which currently spans more than 1.1 million hotspots.
Just weeks after launching its low-cost Freewheel Wi-Fi calling and data service, Cablevision CEO James Dolan told investors during the company's fourth quarter earnings call that he believes Freewheel will disrupt the cellular industry and his company is going to put more emphasis on its Wi-Fi initiatives.
Cablevision reported slightly accelerated subscriber losses of 34,000 in the fourth quarter, ending the three month period with 2.68 million Optimum TV customers. Chief executive James Dolan said that going forward, Cablevision will prioritize the growth of its Wi-Fi initiatives, favoring them over video services.