Over The Aereo
Maybe Internet won’t kill cable any time soon, but there’s no question change is coming. The Wall Street Journal recently sat down with legendarily irascible Cablevision exec James Dolan and, as part of a longer interview, got him to admit that the next few years aren’t going to be a cakewalk:
In a joint release last Tuesday, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable announced that 32 New York City parks will receive Wifi service. Cablevision and Time Warner Cable will maintain the service through 2020.
Rahul Merchant, New York City’s chief information and innovation officer, explained that the initiative was “negotiated as part of franchise agreements with Time Warner Cable and Cablevision Systems,” and that it “expands Wifi service to millions of New Yorkers and visitors in some of our city’s most beautiful and historic sites.”
Oh happy days! After months of Dish subscribers having to go without their favorite programming from AMC, IFC, and the Sundance Channel, viewers were able to finally tune in right in time to catch the second episode of the former Cablevision subsidiary’s hit zombie show, The Walking Dead.
Which begs the question: Why now?
THE NIXED KNICKS
Terry Jimenez has stepped down as president of Newsday Media Group, Cablevision local media president Tad Smith told staff Tuesday. He has been replaced by Fred Groser, who has been publisher of Newsday and commuter freebie amNewYork for the past two years.
Mr. Groser succeeded Mr. Jimenez in that post as well. Mr. Jimenez was Read More
IMPRESSIVE DISPLAYS OF CHUTZPAH
It was just another Tweet, one of hundreds of thousands fired off every minute, and it attracted little attention. Yet, it was notable not just for its author—Fred Wilson, the New York City-based venture capitalist responsible for funding some of the most high-profile tech startups in America—but for what it portended. Mr. Wilson had attached a photo of his television showing a professional basketball match. “Thanks everyone for your help on streaming the Knicks game,” he wrote, adding the kicker: “#screwcable.”
Mr. Wilson was one of about 2.8 million people who found themselves unable to watch the Knicks game on their usual platform, Time Warner Cable. With his legions of techie followers, he’d found a work-around. He was one of the lucky ones.
IT’S ENOUGH TO GET ONE’S KNICKERBOCKERS IN A TWIST. The MSG Network and Time Warner Cable—handily the largest cable provider in the five boroughs—are currently embroiled in heated negotiations. They’re fighting over what the cable provider is willing to pay per customer for the MSG Network, which carries the New York Knicks’ and New York Rangers’ games. If both sides fail to come to an agreement, New Yorkers with Time Warner Cable won’t get their Knicks and Rangers fix.
So the MSG Network has started a campaign, with wonderful posters like this:
Cablevision Systems reported a three-fold increase in net income for the first quarter, thanks to a slew of new subscriptions and robust cable ad revenues.
Revenue rose 5 percent, to $1.75 billion, slightly higher than the average estimate of $1.73 billion. A highlight was a 35 percent increase in cable advertising revenue. Revenue Read More
Cablevision’s Rainbow Media has purchased Gothamist for $5-6 million, reports paidContent.
So, what next for the blog network?
With Rainbow Media behind it, Gothamist might will likely have more reasons to scale back its expansion plans and focus more on cementing its dominance in the New York area, while supporting Newsday.
His reputation for money troubles notwithstanding, Joe Moinian has managed to hold on to a marquee tenant.
The Dolan family’s Cablevision has renewed for seven years the entire sixth and 17th floors, totaling nearly 45,000 square feet, at Mr. Moinian’s 26-story 530 Fifth Avenue.
The Bethpage, Long Island–based Cablevision, which owns the Knicks and Newsday, Read More
The execs at the Tennis Channel need a little lesson on how the Dolans work. We’re here to help you!
First, a little background. The Tennis Channel is a relatively new, 24-hour tennis network, much in the same style as the NFL Network. They’re out here at the U.S. Open and broadcasting matches on the Read More