Cablevision’s fourth quarter subscriber numbers and revenue took a hit in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The nation’s fifth-largest cable operator lost about 50,000 video subscribers, 5,000 data customers and 10,000 voice subscribers in the fourth quarter.
Charter Communications announced this morning that through its subsidiaries, CCO Holdings and CCO Holdings Capital, it would privately offer $1 billion in aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured notes in two tranches due in 2021 and 2023.
Clearwire has elected to accept the $80 million draw from Sprint for March, while continuing to discuss acquisition offers from both Sprint and Dish. Dish has said that it will withdraw its offer of $3.30 per share to buy the remaining 50 percent of Clearwire if the WiMAX provider drew any of the funding offered by Sprint.
The small cable operator market continues its wave of consolidation. Yesterday TDS Telecom announced a deal to buy all of the assets of Baja Broadband. Baja Broadband, which is headquartered in Alamogordo, New Mexico, offers triple play services to residential and business customers in parts of Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Utah.
According a recent report by Infonetics Research, the cable broadband market is primed for a rebound this year. Infonetics recently completed is fourth-quarter and year-end study of the cable modem termination system (CMTS) and edge QAM sectors in the cable industry.
What Ericsson is calling an end-to-end LTE broadcast solution is based on the eMBMS standard covering broadcast video over LTE. It represents one of the first proposed uses of both HEVC and MPEG DASH. Telstra in Australia and Verizon Wireless will be among the first to trial the system.
Baltimore Technology Park has partnered with Comcast to connect its colocation data center to Comcast’s private, optical network and fiber footprint. In addition to connecting to Comcast’s network, Baltimore Technology Park can also offer its customers Comcast Business’ Ethernet services.
Cablevision's antitrust lawsuit against Viacom in a federal Manhattan court alleges Viacom illegally forced it to carry unwanted networks. The MSO says it was forced to carry and pay for lesser-watched ancillary networks, such as Palladia, MTV Hits and VH1 Classic, in order to be allowed to carry popular networks such as MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.
Starting in September, Nielsen will begin measuring viewership through broadband devices like game consoles for the first time. With DVRs, video on demand, game consoles and streaming services, tablets and smartphones, the way people watch TV is changing and the industry is struggling to keep on top of it all. Even the idea of "watching television" is in flux.
The company has set up managed services Centers of Excellence in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, as well as in the Central and Latin America regions. CSG is using these centers to provide local support for its billing and business support systems.
Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC) has rolled out a new suite of services that were designed to meet the needs of businesses with remote employees. Teleworker Solutions is available across the greater New York City area, New York State, New England and the Carolinas.
Charter Communications said its residential customer relationships increased by 20,000 during the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to the year-ago period, which CEO Tom Rutledge said was the best Q4 performance at the company in 10 years.
Cablevision will charge its video subscribers an additional $2.98 a month to help offset the increased costs associated with sports programming. Cablevision’s sports programming surcharge will apply to customers that subscribe to its “Family” or “Value” packages or above.
When it comes to cable operators, Cox Communications ranks the highest for business Ethernet, according to the latest survey from Vertical Systems Group. Cox achieved its top ranking on Vertical Systems’ 2012 U.S. Cable MSO Ethernet Leaderboard.
Alcatel-Lucent’s board of directors approved the appointment of Michel Combes as the company’s new CEO. The change goes into effect April 1. Combes will also join the company’s board, subject to the approval of shareholders at the Alcatel-Lucent annual general meeting.
Frontier Communications reported fourth-quarter 2012 revenue of $1.2 billion, slightly down from the similar quarter last year, and net income of $24.9 million. During the quarter, the company reported having lost approximately 50,400 customers.
The telehealth services company signed a deal with AT&T to be its wireless network and location services provider for a personal health monitoring device and associated service it is developing. Numera’s Libris includes a device that can detect when the person who is using it experiences a fall, at home or away.
The latest version of the MSO’s illico on demand services is aimed at French language speakers in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. Illico Club Unlimited will be offered at $9.99/month. For that, subscribers will get unlimited access to movies, television series, children’s programs, documentaries, comedy shows and concerts.
The company that measures television viewership will soon begin counting people who watch programming through broadband instead of a traditional broadcast or cable hook-up. The move is a significant step toward recognizing a world where the definition of TV viewing is swiftly changing.
Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen said his company has seven years to use its spectrum, which was recently approved by the Federal Communications Commission for use in deploying an LTE-Advanced wireless network. Clearwire is still mulling its options.
Comcast is now making available a suite of third-party cloud-based products and services that its business customers can purchase directly through an online portal. The MSO has partnered with other companies that provide storage, security, and Web and document collaboration.
Suddenlink Communications is the first cable operator in the nation to offer its subscribers access to TiVo’s Mini, which is a small device that lets users view live and recorded video content in secondary rooms of a home. Suddenlink also got its hands on the Mini devices before they hit retail outlets.
Dish Network added about 14,000 net new video subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2012, ending the year with 14.05 million, compared to 13.96 million at the end of the prior year. Dish also added about 78,000 net broadband subscribers in 2012.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said his company is seeking to acquire more wireless spectrum in order to stay competitive with AT&T and Verizon. Sprint hopes to scoop up more of the precious commodity by either buying it from other companies or from the government.
Comverse has introduced a software tool that its service provider customers can use to bridge social media and their BSS (business support systems) systems. That same connection enables service providers to draw data from social media that could be mined to improve business operations.