As his cable system prepares to absorb more than 13 million video subscribers from Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, in millions more high-speed Internet users, Charter Communications President and CEO Tom Rutledge recently laid out some of the details of how the technology integration will work.
Liberty Media Chairman John Malone said he thinks cable operators, including those in the U.S. market, will inevitably add a cellular wireless component to their bundle of service offerings, calling the addition something of "enormous" importance. He said the easiest way to jump into wireless will be through MVNO deals and cautioned against buying spectrum and building out networks too soon.
Charter Communications President and CEO Tom Rutledge told investors he expects to close soon on his company's acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.
Programming networks are not doing a good enough job with securing authentication on multiscreen apps and are "devaluing their programming" as a result, said Charter Communications Chairman and President Tom Rutledge, speaking to investors during his MSO's third-quarter conference call yesterday.
Top executives from Comcast and Charter Communications said this week their companies are considering participating in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. However, Time Warner Cable will not take part in the bidding. But TWC did hint that it could be open to launching a wireless service if its competitors do.
Charter Communications sees an opportunity to grow its presence in the competitive business services market, one where it will enhance its standing upon completing its pending acquisitions of Bright House Communications and Time Warner Cable.
Time Warner Cable commercial services head Phil Meeks will serve as executive VP and president of Business Enterprises Services for the so-called "New Charter," if and when Charter Communications' proposed purchase of TWC and Bright House Networks closes.
Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge said he expects the company to finish 2015 with positive growth in its video subscribers. Those comments are similar to ones recently made by Time Warner Cable chief executive Robert Marcus.
In a new FCC filing, Charter Communications offered a glimpse into its deployment of its cloud-based Worldbox set-top box. The company said it "deployed its first new Worldboxes to paying customers using downloadable security in April, 2015, and continues to ramp up the deployment of the downloadable security system throughout Charter's systems. Enabling the Worldbox in any given footprint requires changes and additions to many pieces of the video delivery system, and those deployments are underway."
Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge said the cable company is looking to launch some kind of mobile wireless product and is willing to explore working with T-Mobile US or any other wireless carrier.