While cable companies in the U.S. have been increasing their Wi-Fi footprints, there's reason to believe a new player could be entering the mix in a big way. Amsterdam-based Altice, which is in the process of buying up Cablevision and has already acquired Suddenlink, could decide to set up its own quad-play offering in the U.S., and if that's the case, analysts say T-Mobile or Sprint could be its target.
Altice is closing in on its acquisition of Cablevision, which will newly mint the European communications giant as certified player in the U.S. cable broadband market with a significant footprint. But it's what Altice does after that which will determine how the competitive landscape will be disrupted.
Altice's acquisition of Suddenlink and soon-to-be-completed purchase of Cablevision will enable the service provider to potentially shake up the U.S. cable market as a major competitor to Charter Communications and Comcast. However, the France-based conglomerate faces another uphill battle.
Cablevision is now officially the first MSO to integrate Hulu into its set-tops as a native channel.
Cablevision's media sales division has expanded its capability to offer clients inventory beyond the New York TV market by carving out an agreement with viewer data company Fourthwall.
Altice, a France-based telecom and media group with a substantial global footprint, will integrate Sigfox's proprietary IoT network within its operations across its global network, including in the U.S. and Western Europe. The companies, along with Altice's subsidiary SFR, aim "to offer complementary connectivity solutions starting today that democratize the IoT in all sectors of the economy" including businesses and consumers.
Altice NV said it expects to close on its $17.7 billion acquisition of Cablevision at the end of the second quarter and that it doesn't expect to do any more U.S. cable deals in the near term.
Now that the fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 earnings season is in the rearview, it's time to assess the damage. FierceCable has assembled a complete look at the fourth-quarter earnings season, ranking the top cable, satellite and telco pay-TV operators and offering a look at their performance in a number of key metrics, including subscriber growth and average revenues per user (ARPU).
Matching other top 10 cable companies, each of which reported their best customer growth metrics since the start of the Great Recession in 2008, Cablevision said it reduced fourth-quarter pay-TV customer losses to just 10,000, down from 34,000 in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Cablevision announced a somewhat novel TV Everywhere distribution deal with CBS Corp., in which the cable company will enable its customers to live-stream the CBS network when they're out of the home.