Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox and Cablevision may be known today as the top five U.S. cable operators, but like the wireline telco industry they achieved their dominant positions by purchasing a number of smaller, regional operators, including major providers like Optimum West and wholesale provider Duke Net.
While the wireless industry certainly has seen its fair share of consolidation over the years and speculation persists that it will continue to do so, the consolidation trend has been going steady in the cable industry as well. FierceCable reviews the major acquisitions and mergers that happened in the last 10 years. S pecial Report
Cablevision and CBS Corp. have jointly announced a new multi-year programming carriage and retransmission agreement that will make the MSO the first pay-TV provider to distribute CBS' over-the-top services.
A Cablevision customer is suing the MSO for turning his residential home gateway into a public Wi-Fi hotspot. Paul Jensen, the plaintiff in the case, claims Cablevision's strategy violates the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act because the cable firm never asked for Jensen's permission before modifying the software on his rented router and opening up the public SSID.
If there was one common theme the top cable MSOs saw in the second-quarter results, it was that broadband subscriptions continued to rise as more video customers cut the cord in favor of online video alternatives like Netflix and Hulu.
Cablevision continued its communications war with Verizon, releasing a statement clarifying that a court ruling only restricts the MSO from calling Verizon a liar in advertisements. The MSO said it can move forward with boasting all sorts of other superiority claims regarding its Optimum service.
Verizon is claiming victory in a legal dispute over Cablevision ads that claim the cable company's Optimum service is superior to the telco's FiOS product.
AT&T quietly revealed a regulatory filing that its just-acquired DirecTV asset lost 133,000 satellite TV subscribers in the second quarter, putting an appropriate coda on a week in which cord-cutting concerns graduated to panic.
Cablevision CEO James Dolan said Verizon FiOS is an "unprofitable business" that is having "minimal impact" on his MSO after it added 5,000 overall customers to its ranks in the second quarter.
Cablevision is asking the FCC to make "robust" changes to decades-old rules that the company argues give broadcasters an increasingly unfair advantage in retransmission consent negotiations.