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Costlier Cablevision Plan Angers Tennis Channel

By RICHARD SANDOMIR

Published: August 26, 2009

Cablevision reignited hostilities with the Tennis Channel on Wednesday by declaring unilaterally that it will carry the network on its digital sports tier in time for Monday’s start of the United States Open.

The Tennis Channel said it was discussing its options with lawyers. “This is highly suspect and makes little sense,” said Ken Solomon, the channel’s chief executive. “I don’t know if this will stand up legally.”

Early last week, the Tennis Channel’s frustration with years of failed negotiations with Cablevision spilled over into print ads that said, “Thanks for Nothing Cablevision,” and depicted a tennis racket smashing a cable box.

A mobile billboard with the same message drove around Cablevision headquarters in Bethpage, Long Island.

Newsday, which is owned by Cablevision, refused to carry the ad. But Cablevision responded, in Newsday, with an ad that ignored the Tennis Channel and cited United States Open programming on CBS and ESPN2.

Cablevision’s decision to put the Tennis Channel on a tier that costs consumers an extra $5.95 a month was made without consulting the network. Instead, Cablevision said it had signed on to a seven-year-old contract between the network and the National Cable Television Cooperative, which negotiates deals with programmers for member cable operators.

The N.C.T.C. said that Cablevision had joined the organization “recently,” but Patrick Wilson, a senior vice president of the Tennis Channel, said that he was told by an N.C.T.C. member that Cablevision had joined Wednesday. “That says to me that it joined the N.C.T.C. in an effort uniquely designed to try to access their way into a deal for the Tennis Channel that was cut in 2002 for small providers,” he said.

A spokesman for Cablevision, Jim Maiella, said the company had a “valid affiliation agreement” to carry the Tennis Channel, “and we expect the Tennis Channel to authorize its signal, which is literally a matter of flipping a switch, so our customers in New York can watch its coverage of the U.S. Open.”

Solomon said Cablevision had not hinted during discussions as recently as Sunday that it would use the N.C.T.C. contract as a way to carry the network to a limited part of its subscriber universe. “They’re talking to us and simultaneously talking to the N.C.T.C.?” he said. “That’s bad-faith negotiation on their part.”

The best offer Cablevision has made to the Tennis Channel, which was rejected, was to make it available to 300,000 subscribers to its iO Gold package. Those with lesser packages would need to buy the sports tier.

“We’ve built this into a broadly distributed service so that people wouldn’t have to pay extra; people don’t pay extra for the majors in any other sport,” Solomon said. The channel has cable rights to all four Grand Slam events.

Solomon said he would be happy if Cablevision made the same deal that Verizon FiOS did through N.C.T.C. to make the Tennis Channel available to about 40 percent of its subscribers.

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Gee, something new.... Cablevision playing hardball with yet another net.
It just never gets old

I'm sooooo glad I dropped to basic cable @ $13.95/month, Cablevisions "it's my way or the highway" attitude with it's content providers and customers is just awful.

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Tennis Channel Serves New Proposal To Cablevision In Carriage Negotiations Match

Operator, Citing Validity Of NCTC Contract, Eyes Sports Tier Launch Friday

Mike Reynolds -- Multichannel News, 8/27/2009 8:35:46 PM EDT

This time, Tennis Channel has put the ball in Cablevision's court.

After receiving word Wednesday that Cablevision, as a new member of the National Cable Television Cooperative, wants to launch the network Friday on its sport tier as part of a longstanding co-op contract, Tennis sent a new proposal to the New York area's predominant distributor
Tennis CEO Ken Solomon said Cablevision had not responded to the proposal, which has been scaled back from earlier offers, but still falls within its business model's penetration threshold levels.

Cablevision's iO Sports Pak houses 15 other sports networks and retails for $5.95 per month. Tennis' monthly per subscriber license fee is about 15 cents monthly, according to SNL Kagan.

The distribution ground strokes are being exchanged just days before Tennis commences 240 hours, including 72 featuring live matches, of its initial U.S. Open coverage on Aug. 31.

Tennis, according to Solomon, did not hear from NCTC on Thursday. Officials at the coop, which negotiates programming contracts for members, declined comment Thursday night.

For its part, Cablevision confirmed that it received an email from Tennis shortly before 5 p.m. An MSO spokesman said Thursday night: "We have a valid affiliation agreement, which was reiterated earlier today by the NCTC, and we expect the Tennis Channel to authorize its signal, so our customers can watch its coverage of the U.S. Open."

Whether the parties exchange more negotiating volleys tomorrow or in the days before the Open begins in Flushing Meadows Monday, remains to be seen. Either way, Solomon avers that the contract is not binding and the network does not plan to authorize its signal on Friday. "Legally, NCTC can't do it," he said.

Solomon said Tennis' new proposal to Cablevision is different from what it offered as recently as last weekend, reflecting "a creative way" in which the network could reach about half of Cablevision's universe. The Bethpage, N.Y.-based operator counts some 3.1 million video subscribers in the nation's No. 1 DMA.

He said the penetration level is in line with how Cablevision competitors, Verizon FiOS, Dish Network and DirecTV, position Tennis in the Big Apple and its environs.

"The U.S. Open is a major event, particularly for those in the tri-state area," Solomon said. "Our goal has always been to reach a deal with Cablevision and give our subscribers access without them having to pay extra."

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Back and forth. Back and forth. This is getting comical.


Mike Reynolds -- Multichannel News, 8/28/2009 1:36:58 PM EDT

With the first serve of the U.S. Open scheduled for Aug. 31, Cablevision on Friday urged the Tennis Channel to make its service available to the operator's sports tier.

The New York DMA's predominant cable operator also noted that it will make its iO Sports Pak free for the next month upon Tennis authorizing the signal for the launch of the service in both standard and high-definition formats.

Cablevision said it has opened up standard channel 399 and HD 795 (HD) for the Tennis Channel, and had provided the Santa Monica, Calif-headquartered programmer with all of the technical information it needs to "flip the switch" and authorize the signal.

Cablevision believes it has the right to carry Tennis under the agreement between the programmer and the National Cable Television Cooperative, of which the MSO "recently" became a member.

Cablevision and Tennis, which will provide 240 hours of Open coverage, including 72 dedicated to live match play, have been publicly exchanging volleys in newspaper ads and in the press recently over their long-running carriage contretemps. On Aug. 26, Cablevision said it was availing itself of the NCTC contract to put the network on its iO Sports Pak, which houses 15 other sports networks and retails for $5.95 per month.

Tennis CEO Ken Solomon said yesterday that the network had sent Cablevision a revised proposal from the one it had offered last weekend. In an interview with MCN.com Thursday night, Solomon also indicated that Tennis doesn't believe the NCTC contract is binding and that he didn't expect the network to authorize the signal.

Tennis officials were not immediately available to respond to Cablevision's latest return at press time Friday afternoon.

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Cablevision's Sports Tier Contract For Tennis Channel is 'Enforceable And Valid': NCTC

Network Calls The Play A 'PR Ploy'; Seeks Direct Negotiations With MSO

Mike Reynolds -- Multichannel News, 8/28/2009 6:25:57 PM EDT

The National Cable Television Cooperative, functioning as a doubles partner to member Cablevision in the operator's distribution dispute with Tennis Channel, stepped onto the court Friday afternoon.

A spokesman for the coop, which operates as a programming and hardware purchasing agent for distributors, said the contract with Tennis Channel, calling for its positioning on a sports tier, is "enforceable and valid."

With the U.S. Open set to begin Aug. 31, Cablevision on Wednesday, citing its "recent" membership in the coop, said it wanted to launch Tennis in both standard and high-definition on its iO Sports Pak on Friday Aug. 28 and was waiting for the programmer to authorize the signal.

"Cablevision is also a participating member under our agreement with Tennis Channel, and as such is entitled to carry the network," NCTC said in a statement Friday afternoon.

Tennis, which has been seeking to gain a wider carriage berth with the New York DMA's predominant cable operator for years, cited such issues as extending 30-day notice before gaining access to the network and the unilateral press release Cablevision issued Wednesday afternoon as legal points of contention

To that end, NCTC said it was "unaware of any previous launch request where Tennis Channel delayed authorization for 30 days. The only real issue is if Tennis Channel feels it is prudent and appropriate to delay authorization, preventing Cablevision's customers from enjoying this year's U.S. Open."
Tennis is scheduled to provide 240 hours from Flushing Meadow, including 72 showcasing live match play.

On Friday, Tennis issued its own statement: "Cablevision, one of the nation's largest cable companies, is trying to use NCTC, a representative of the nation's smallest cable companies, to enable it to provide Tennis Channel only to a narrow band of its customers willing to pay a steep, premium subscriber fee. We have submitted a new proposal to Cablevision to provide Tennis Channel to its subscribers broadly and at no additional cost to them. Cablevision is trying to use NCTC as a PR ploy, and it will not work. If Cablevision were really interested in providing Tennis Channel to its customers, it would negotiate with us directly."

Earlier, Cablevision had issued its own statement on Friday afternoon, urging Tennis to make its service available to the operator's sports tier. The operator noted that it would make its iO Sports Pak free for the next month upon Tennis authorizing the signal for the launch of the service in both the standard (channel 399) and high-definition (channel 795) formats and that it had provided the programmer with all of the technical information it needs to "flip the switch."

Tennis CEO Ken Solomon in an Aug. 27 interview with Multichannel News indicated that the network had sent Cablevision a scaled-back offer from the one it had presented last weekend. Cablevision's Sports Pak currently carries 15 other networks and retails for $5.95 per month.

Asked what would happen if Tennis didn't activate the signal, NCTC said "the next step would be Cablevision's."

Presumably, that would put more lawyers into the distribution match.

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Fault: Tennis Channel Will Go Missing On Cablevision During U.S. Open

CEO Solomon Says Tennis Hopes To Get Deal With Operator 'In the Future'

Mike Reynolds -- Multichannel News, 8/31/2009 10:45:18 AM EDT

Tennis Channel CEO Ken Solomon appeared on CNBC this morning talking about the network's inaugural coverage of the U.S. Open. Part of that message: the network won't be appearing before Cablevision Systems Corp. subscribers in time for this year's Grand Slam event.

Asked about a deal Cablevision has to put Tennis on its sports tier via a contract with the National Cable Television Cooperative, Solomon said "we don't have a deal right now. We hope to get in one in the future."

Solomon, being interviewed on the grounds of the U.S. National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., where the Opn begins today at 11 a.m., said Tennis deserves to be seen by a "broad range" of viewers and that positioning on Cablevision's iO Sport Pak would only put it before 3% of the MSO's subscriber base, which totals around 3.1 million video customers. He said that's "not right for the U.S. Open."

On Aug. 26, Cablevision announced that through its NCTC membership it wanted to launch Tennis on its sports tier, which carries 15 other sports network and retails for $5.95 per month, in both standard and high-definition formats by Aug. 28, in time for the Open. The New York metro area's predominant cable operator said it was waiting for Tennis to authorize its signal. Last Friday, NCTC said Tennis channel's contract was "enforceable and valid."

Cablevision couldn't be immediately reached for comment Monday morning.

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The article has since been updated with CV's response:

Early afternoon, Cablevision served up this statement: "We have a valid agreement that will immediately make the Tennis Channel available to any Cablevision customer who wants it. Thus far, the Tennis Channel is claiming a technicality allows it to delay the launch by a few weeks, and is refusing to do the right thing by authorizing Cablevision to receive its signal. Any further delay by the Tennis Channel is at the expense of New York-area tennis fans. Fortunately, Cablevision customers can already view more than 130 hours of the best live U.S. Open coverage on CBS and ESPN."
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Lawyers Could Settle Cablevision-Tennis Carriage Tiebreak

September 1, 2009

It was hardly business as usual for Venus Williams, who overcame tendonitis in her left knee to defeat Russian Vera Dushevina 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-3 in just under three hours to win her opening match at the 2009 U.S. Open.

Then again, perhaps it's just the way things get done at Flushing Meadows, where ESPN2 got a taste of what USA Network faced during its quarter-century of Open telecasts the second match of the night, featuring No. 5 seed Andy Roddick, didn't begin until after its primetime window was supposed to close at 11 p.m.

But there wasn't any business done, as usual, by Cablevision and Tennis Channel, as the network's inaugural day of coverage of the Grand Slam event landed outside the doubles alley for the MSO's subscribers.

Tennis Channel CEO Ken Solomon, appearing on CNBC this morning, said the parties don't have a deal. Cablevision, a recent member of the National Cable Television Cooperative, begs to differ, lobbying for Tennis to authorize its signal so the operator could launch the channel in both standard- and high-definition. The co-op agrees that the contract calling for placement on a sports tier was concluded some seven years ago during the prior management's regime is in fact enforceable and valid.

Tennis, which has 240 hours of Open coverage, including 72 allocated for live matches in store for the fortnight, has lobbed up legalities, notably a 30-day notice period before the network can launch, as its defensive move for not playing doubles with Cablevision. NCTC says it is unaware of any previous launch request where Tennis Channel delayed authorization for 30 days.

The question remains is Tennis merely buying time until the end of September. At that point, the Open will have crowned new champions and closed entirely in the minds of most local sports fans in favor of a presumed Yankees playoff push and the Giants and Jets NFL seasons.

I'm not suggesting that Tennis took the New York's DMA's top distributor lightly when it ran ads in Big Apple area newspapers admonishing Thanks for Nothing Cablevision on Aug. 17 (Trucks with the ad were reportedly rolling in Bethpage again on Monday).

The track record shows that the Bethpage, N.Y.-headquartered operator is quite content playing by its own terms. Just ask New York Yankees fans. They got shut out in 2002, the rookie season of the YES Network. And suffice it to say in these parts, Derek Jeter is just a little more popular than Roger Federer or any other tennis player, including those named Connors and McEnroe.

Sure, Tennis wants and deserves wider distribution for its year-round presentation of the global sport, which includes coverage of all four majors and a bevy of original programming, in HD. At about 15 cents, it's monthly subscriber license fee is certainly less costly than many other sports networks.

But if Tennis is contractually obligated to Cablevision's iO Sports Pak (said to have about 90,000 subscribers at $5.95 per month) and is going to wind up there at the end of the September after the 30-day notification period expires then its Open shot fell into the net for naught.

However, one has to think that the network's lawyers are warming up on the practice courts with what, a new real deadline of next August, when the 2010 U.S. Open approaches, looming.

That's a game that may prove interesting to industry watchers and reporters, but not Cablevision subscribers who are tennis fans they're still waiting to gain access to a network that tossed in its first serve during 2003.

Posted by Mike Reynolds on September 1, 2009

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Cablevision Debuts Web DVR Scheduling

First Cable Operator to Introduce Feature Across Service Footprint

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First Cable Operator to Introduce Feature Across Service Footprint

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Have been using for a couple of weeks, works fine.
Still has 7 day limit and no ability to adjust start/finish on scheduled recording.
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This afternoon, the network issued this statement: "Effective September 24, 2009, Tennis Channel has elected for now to grant signal access to Cablevision pursuant to its request under Tennis Channel's agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative. We remain deeply concerned about Cablevision's tactic of using our agreement with NCTC to undermine the parties' longstanding negotiations and to carry Tennis Channel on terms that do not serve the interests of its customers. Cablevision's actions are particularly alarming in light of the recent change in NCTC, which has transformed itself from a small-operator buying cooperative into an entity that reaches 26.7 million cable subscribers. That is more than the number reached by the largest cable provider in the United States. These actions have industry-wide ramifications and should be addressed by the appropriate regulatory authorities."

For its part, Cablevision volleyed this reply: "We welcome the Tennis Channel to the iO Sports Pak. It is unfortunate that the leadership of the Tennis Channel decided to withhold its programming until now, denying our customers the ability to receive its U.S. Open coverage, but we look forward to now making it available to any Cablevision customer who wants to receive it."

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Cablevision Looks to Lock Up Basic Video Tier

September 23, 2009 | Jeff Baumgartner

Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) wants the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to lift a rule that keeps it from encrypting its basic video tier. If the FCC does so, consumers who use digital TVs with embedded QAM tuners to receive basic channels "in the clear" today would be forced to rent or buy a set-top box capable of displaying the newly encrypted programming.

Cablevision wants the rule lifted as it makes plans to convert its New York City system to all-digital, claiming the move will "have virtually no negative impact on customers" while reducing costs and helping the MSO to improve customer service. On that last point, Cablevision's emphasizing that a waiver of the encryption rule coupled with an all-digital cutover would also help it "activate and terminate service without appointments," while also beefing up the overall security of the network.

Going all-digital, of course, would likewise allow the MSO to reclaim valuable analog spectrum for more HD services, even more channels for Docsis 3.0 services, and capacity for the streams it will need to support its ambitious RS-DVR service. (See Supremes Stand Clear of RS-DVR Case.)

Cablevision has already made a move in this direction, announcing in March that it plans to stop marketing its expanded basic tier in analog format by year's end. At the time, the MSO said just 5 percent of its subs get that tier, which is made up of about 60 channels. Basic tiers generally contain far fewer channels, relegated to local broadcast stations and PEG (public, education, and government) access channels). [Ed. note: We've asked Cablevision for an update on how many channels currently make up its basic video tier.] (See Cablevision Eyes All-Digital Future .)

UPDATE: A Cablevision spokesman says about 20 channels, mostly broadcast networks, make up the basic video tier, with everything else above that's already encrypted. Among other updates, the company noted in the original petition that encrypting the basic tier will reduce on-site visits to service drops, estimating that the number of eliminated truck rolls would save more than 3.5 million gallons of fuel annually. It also believes the encryption of the basic tier will help to reduce service theft.

Cablevision claims that 99 percent of its customers now take digital video service, so the vast majority already use either a digital set-top box or some other CableCARD-equipped device to decrypt and view digital programming. "Granting the waiver in these circumstances will not lead to any 'widespread' compatibility problems that would justify denial of the waiver," Cablevision argued.


But if the waiver is granted and encryption is added, the few Cablevision basic tier customers still using TVs with QAM tuners will need to obtain a box to get that programming.

The FCC Media Bureau has put the request out for comment, with comments and opposing views due by Oct. 22, 2009. Cablevision's replies to those comments will be due Nov. 6, 2009.

The whole matter will be discussed in docket No. 09-168 for those of you out there who want to watch the fireworks fly.

The FCC alert did not go into detail on how Cablevision intends to encrypt the basic tier. Today, its digital boxes use a mix of CableCARDs and SmartCards. Cablevision has also recently introduced a downloadable conditional access system based on the NDS Ltd. "key ladder." (See Cablevision Starts Downloading .)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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The NYC system is already all digital. With a high number of rental units in that system I'm sure they spend a lot of time putting on and taking off traps. This move is really a solution against service theft which is why that is one of their only fully digital systems now.
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It's at the point where it's not worth spending even one extra penny on a TV with a QAM tuner over a similar set with no tuner at all.

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Well, I have 3 QAM TV's and we use them all without a cable box, so now I'll need a cable box for each one just to watch ch2-21 in hi-def. Cable boxes are $6/month- 3 new boxes = $216 extra per year.... I'd call that "negative impact".

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Simple solution: Force Cablevision to grant customers as many STBs or CableCARDs as requested gratis. Ban all install and "digital port fees" in perpetuity; and conditionally revoke its CableCARD waiver.

I have no doubt this is a test case for Cablevision; with system wide ramifications. I really need to drop OOL for FiOS simply on principle.
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The NYC system is already all digital. With a high number of rental units in that system I'm sure they spend a lot of time putting on and taking off traps. This move is really a solution against service theft which is why that is one of their only fully digital systems now.

That seems pretty bogus to me. You don't need traps unless your actually going to try to block people that have Internet access from getting basic cable. Cable companies everywhere I've been haven't bothered doing that, partly because the rate you pay for just Internet access is about the same as what you pay for Cable+Basic TV (since you get a small discount for having an internet-TV bundle). You don't need to install or remove traps for people that are simply upgrading to expanded basic or downgrading to basic, since the encryption on the expanded basic lineup handles that.

And is theft really a probably for basic TV? A lot of people can get all the channels for free over-the-air anyway. Keep in mind basic cable here is not the same thing as expanded basic. Cable cable is just the local broadcast networks and the public access stations. I find it hard to believe that cable companies are losing a significant amount of money because people in condos and apartments are stealing basic cable TV (since those are the ones that likely can't get things OTA).

This is just about Cablevision not wanting to ever have to physically disconnect people from their cable lines. But, they can't say that because I don't think cost is an allowable excuse for requesting a waiver. Cable theft is specifically mentioned in the FCC regulation forbidding encryption of basic cable, so that's why they're bringing it up.
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Simple solution: Force Cablevision to grant customers as many STBs or CableCARDs as requested gratis. Ban all install and "digital port fees" in perpetuity; and conditionally revoke its CableCARD waiver.

I have no doubt this is a test case for Cablevision; with system wide ramifications. I really need to drop OOL for FiOS simply on principle.

fios requires a box for every tv, as does dish and directv
maybe they should charge a smaller fee for additional boxes
i think 1.99 is fair
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fios requires a box for every tv, as does dish and directv

Yes, but their customers knew this going in and factored this cost in their monthly bill, they're not forced to use them later at additional expense(s).


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maybe they should charge a smaller fee for additional boxes- I think 1.99 is fair

Free or under $2 would be acceptable to me, but $6.75/month per box is too much.




Other thing no body seems to ever mention is the high electrical usage of the SA Cable boxes that Cablevision uses.
My last SA4200HD (non DVR- no hard drive) consumed 47 watts while on. Here electricity is about $0.25/kwh, so SA4200HD each box costs about $8.46/month to run. Multiply that by 3 new boxes needed and now it's $25.38/month just to power the 3 cable boxes. For the year that comes in at about $304 in added electricity cost.
... So add the $6.75/month rental for each new cable box... 3 boxes @ $6.75/month= $20.25/month x 12 months= $243 for the year rental + $304 for electricity = $547 additional per year over what I pay cable now.

$547 additional per year- how is that "virtually no negative impact on customers" ?

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fios requires a box for every tv, as does dish and directv
maybe they should charge a smaller fee for additional boxes
i think 1.99 is fair

FiOS sends sends its "broadcast basic" equivalent in "Clear QAM". $0.01 isn't fair considering Cablevision's petition to sidestep a federal mandate. This is purely for their own enrichment.

Cablevision could use addressable pole traps, eliminating "truck rolls" and the need for STBs. They could also negotiate property access rights like a utility, without need of a landlord's presence.

The FCC route is the cheapest way long term. An approval would also set precedence. The petition's language is so specious, it would be logical to request application system wide.
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NEW YORK, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Cablevision Systems Corp(CVC.N) reached a new deal with CBS Corp (CBS.N) to carry its broadcast network as well as Showtime, the Smithsonian Channel, and CBS College Sports Network, the companies said on Friday.

In the New York, Cablevision will continue to carry WCBS2, while Cablevision customers in central and southern New Jersey will receive Philadelphia's KYW, which is the local CBS station, and WPSG, which is the local CW network.

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Cablevision To Raise 2010 Video Rates 3.7%

High-Speed Internet, Phone Prices Remain Stable For Seventh Straight Year

Mike Farrell -- Multichannel News, 10/29/2009

Cablevision Systems said it would raise video rates an average of 3.7% in 2010, but added there would be no increase for voice or high-speed Internet service for the seventh consecutive year.

The increases will take place over the next few months depending on a customer's specific location and billing cycle.
Cablevision provides service to about 3.1 million customers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The increase is slightly higher than 2009, when video rates rose an average of 3.5%. But it is substantially below the 21% increase Cablevision rival Verizon Communications implemented for its legacy FiOS TV Premier Package earlier this month.

Cablevision has been busy so far this year rolling out new products and services -- it continued to deploy its Optimum WiFi wireless Internet service free to subscribers of its Optimum Online high-speed data service; added new features like Web-enabled remote DVR scheduling and content management; launched 55 new free HD channels; and expanded its free VOD content to include programming from Bloomberg Your Money, Cartoon Network, SyFy, Shalom TV, Bravo, CNN, USA, Adult Swim, Martha Stewart, A&E, Boomerang and truTV.

"Cablevision continues to deliver reliability, simplicity, advanced technology and unbeatable value across our full range of television, high-speed Internet and phone services," said Cablevision senior vice president John Trierweiler in a statement. "We've been successful in a highly competitive market because our customers love our products, which we continue to enhance through new features and functionality. Whether it's more free HD, additional video on demand or broad access to free WiFi, we work every day to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to quality and service."

'Better Living Through Modern, Expensive, Electronic Devices'

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Ken: guess they are not making enough $$..they more than tripled their 3rd quarter profit:

http://www.newsday.com/business/cabl...ples-1.1566758..

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Ken: guess they are not making enough $$..they more than tripled their 3rd quarter profit:

http://www.newsday.com/business/cabl...ples-1.1566758..

I don't know if he can read that. Is he a CV or Newsday.com subscriber?

Cablevision Systems Corp., the largest cable television operator in the metropolitan area, said Tuesday third-quarter profits more than tripled on better results at its cable TV systems and networks.

Bethpage-based Cablevision said net income was $98.9 million, or 33 cents a share, compared with a profit of $30.9 million, or 10 cents a share, in the same period last year.

The company, which owns Newsday, said revenues rose to $1.84 billion in the latest quarter, from $1.75 billion in the year-ago period.

Cablevision beat estimates by analysts, who were expecting a per-share profit of 26 cents on sales of $1.82 billion.

"We are pleased with our momentum in what remains a challenging environment and continue to focus on building our business for the long term," Cablevision chief executive James Dolan said in a statement before the markets opened.

Cablevision chief operating officer Tom Rutledge said in a conference call with analysts that advertising revenue was up in the third quarter.

"There are more traditional advertisers back in the market, and there was more political advertising," he told analysts. "There seems to be some economic rebound occurring that's manifesting itself in advertising."

Dolan also said Cablevision is "on track" to complete the spinoff of its Madison Square Garden unit.

Cablevision said Newsday sustained an $800,000 loss in the third quarter, compared with profit of $4.2 million in the same period last year. The newspaper industry has been hit hard by declining ad revenues in the recession. Analyst Craig Moffett of Sanford Bernstein & Co. said the loss was expected.

"The consensus [on Wall Street] was that the business [Newsday] would make no money," Moffett said. But, he said, "Overall, the results were very strong. It's remarkable that in this economic environment Cablevision is not only growing but expanding margins."

Cable television revenues rose 4.5 percent, to $1.303 billion. The company said that revenue increased as the result of "growth in digital video, high-speed data and voice customers, as well as higher rates reflected in third quarter 2009 results."

The company said that basic video customers were down 27,300, or 0.9 percent, from June 2009 and down 46,200 or 1.5 percent from September 2008. Rutledge said the company has seen some "slowing growth in areas where unemployment is higher."
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Looks like we are getting the Smithsonian Channel HD next week

November 13, 2009

Ms. Kimberley Santopietro
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Department of Public Utility Control
10 Franklin Square
New Britain, Connecticut 06051

Re: Programming Change

Dear Ms. Santopietro:

In accordance with the provisions of C.G.S. 16-331k, we are hereby providing your agency with notice of upcoming programming changes in Connecticut.

Effective Monday, November 16, 2009, Cablevision will launch two (2) Standard Definition channels and one (1) High Definition channel. Tele El Salvador is the first international channel from El Salvador. This 24-hour standard definition channel features exclusive live coverage of news, sports and special events. Tele El Salvador will be available to iO en Espanol customers on digital channel 228. The Smithsonian Channel features original documentaries, explorations, innovative, groundbreaking programs highlighting America's historical, cultural and scientific heritage. The Smithsonian Channel will be available as both a standard definition channel on digital channel 163 and a high definition channel on channel 780 in the iO Gold Package.

Customers are being notified via channel guide banners and bill messages. Customer service personnel have been informed of this change and are available to answer individual subscriber inquiries. I have attached a copy of the revised channel line-up for the Cablevision franchise areas.

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Effective Thursday, November 19, 2009, Cablevision will launch FOX Business in both Standard Definition on channel 106 and High Definition on channel
772.

FOX Business News is a financial news channel that delivers real-time information across all platforms that impacts both Main Street and Wall Street. FOX Business is available to all residential customers with a subscription to the iO Package and above.

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Effective Wednesday, December 16, 2009, Cablevision will launch News 12 HD on channel 712. News 12 HD will be made available as an HD digital service in the Broadcast Basic Package. News 12 Connecticut is the leaders for breaking local news and programming and is only available on Cablevision.

(expect usual three day roll out)
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Effective Wednesday, December 16, 2009, Cablevision will launch News 12 HD on channel 712.

Should look good as Cablevision can't blame poor PQ on the feed from someone else this time.

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CBS College Sports HD addition, added to iO tier

Effective Tuesday, December 29, 2009, Cablevision will launch CBS College sports (Channel 143) and CBS College Sports HD (Channel 793) into the iO Package making both Standard and High Definition versions available to Residential iO Package, iO Silver, iO Gold and iO Sports Pak subscribers as well as Business Class iO package and iO Sports Pak subscribers. CBS College Sports is a multimedia network and the first dedicated exclusively to college sports 24 hours a day.

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Milford/New Haven System only (and Litchfield already has it)

Effective Tuesday, December 29, 2009, Cablevision will launch NESN Standard Definition and NESN High Definition (HD) on channels 65 and 721, respectively. NESN and NESN HD will be made available as a digital service in the Family Package or above with the correct digital and/of HD equipment. NESN features Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins games while providing generals news coverage of the entire Boston sports market.

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Food Network and HGTV, both owned by Scripps, went dark at midnight on 1/1/2010 as a result of failed carriage renewal.


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