Cablevision sees its expanding Wi-Fi network as a lever to disrupt the current mobile data market and will be aggressive in developing new products that play into that strategy, CEO James Dolan said.
Cablevision sees its expanding Wi-Fi network as a lever to disrupt the current mobile data market and will be aggressive in developing new products that use those strengths, CEO James Dolan said during a call detailing the company's first quarter 2014 earnings.
Consumers are behaving differently than in past years, as more content is viewed by more people over more devices. That shifting behavior is presenting some tricky challenges for cable's ecosystem. It's also presenting some appealing opportunities, according to panelists at the Meet the New Consumer Behavior panel at The Cable Show.
Comcast Wi-Fi network only encompasses 1 million hotspots right now, but that number will skyrocket to a whopping 8 million by year's end, with the cable MSO promising to operate hotspots in 19 of the country's 30 largest cities.
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.