51 Facts About Cablevision


Cablevision Systems Corporation was an American cable television company with systems serving areas surrounding New York City.

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On June 21, 2016, Cablevision was acquired by European telecom conglomerate Altice.

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The former Cablevision services operate under Altice USA which continues to operate brands Optimum Online, Optimum Voice, and Optimum TV.

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Cablevision, having changed its name from CableVision, quickly expanded by building on Long Island and acquiring smaller cable systems from other providers.

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Cablevision built systems throughout the New York metro area: some of the other boroughs of New York City, New Jersey, Westchester County, and Connecticut.

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On June 13, 2010, Cablevision announced that it would acquire Bresnan Communications for $1.

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On February 8, 2013, Cablevision reached an agreement to sell its Optimum West systems to Charter Communications for US$1.

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In 2004 and 2005, Cablevision provided funding for an advertising campaign against the proposed construction of a stadium on the West Side of Manhattan supported by the Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg.

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Cablevision had offered a competitive bid that far exceeded the bid of the Jets for property owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where the new stadium would have been located.

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In 1998, Cablevision helped found The Lustgarten Foundation, which has become the largest private foundation dedicated solely to funding pancreatic cancer research in America.

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Cablevision remained an important figure in both companies until Cablevision's sale in 2016, and continues to head MSG.

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Cablevision has three divisions consisting of professional sports teams, two regional sports networks, and several entertainment venues.

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Cablevision previously had the rights to the New York Yankees, New Jersey Nets and New York Mets, who left to start their own channels.

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Cablevision previously attempted to purchase the Yankees, Mets and Boston Red Sox, in part, to control their broadcast rights.

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On July 1, 2011, Cablevision spun off its subsidiary, formerly known as Rainbow Media LLC, into a new company named AMC Networks.

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The Rainbow Media subsidiary of Cablevision operated a satellite television company called Voom, which was shut down on April 30, 2005, but lived on as a series of high-definition television channels named Voom HD Networks.

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Cablevision owned the former SportsChannel America from its beginning in 1976 until it was dissolved into Fox Sports Net in the late 1990s.

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In 2007 Cablevision sold its control of FSN Bay Area and FSN New England to Comcast for $570 million.

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Cablevision acquired the New York-area electronics chain The Wiz in 1998.

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On July 29, 2008, Cablevision acquired Newsday and amNewYork in a deal worth $650m.

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From September 1988 through July 1989, Cablevision did not carry MSG Network over the question of whether MSG should be offered as a basic service or a premium service.

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The Cablevision position was that those who wished to pay for sports programming should shoulder the burden, not every consumer.

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Cablevision did not carry most of the games of the New York Yankees in 2002, because they would not accept the price asked during the inaugural season of YES Network.

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Cablevision wanted to offer YES as a premium service, like MSG and Fox Sports NY, where YES ownership wanted the channel on the 'Family Cable' tier.

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Until 2012, Cablevision never carried the NFL Network, as the company stated that it would like to be able to carry NFL Sunday Ticket before it carries NFL Network.

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Recently however, Cablevision purchased Bresnan Communications, a company headquartered in Purchase, New York, but which did all of its business in the Rocky Mountain region.

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Finally, on August 16, 2012, Cablevision announced that they have reached an agreement with the NFL to carry the network on all its systems effective August 17.

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Cablevision carried the Tennis Channel for a brief period of time from October 2009-September 2011.

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Cablevision joined the NCTC in August 2009 just to carry the Tennis Channel on the premium sports package which costs extra per month.

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Cablevision has yet to make any attempt at bringing the Tennis Channel back as of June 2012.

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Also, Cablevision had yet to carry and give customers access to WatchESPN which is an app that allows customers to watch ESPN Networks when they are not at home.

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On October 4, 2012, ESPN and Cablevision announced a comprehensive distribution and carriage agreement which included access for Cablevision customers to ESPN3 and WatchESPN in addition to other Watch apps covering the Walt Disney Company's family of networks.

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Verizon sued Cablevision, claiming that Cablevision, which still owned MSG Network along with all Madison Square Garden-related properties at the time, did not want to make their valuable local sports coverage of both the NHL's New York Rangers and NBA's New York Knicks available to an emerging competitor to their cable systems.

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Additionally, Cablevision owned exclusive rights to the MSNBC news network in its service territory, preventing its carriage by FiOS in overlapping areas.

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Cablevision issued a statement saying, "We wish Scripps well and have no expectation of carrying their programming again, given the dramatic changes in their approach to working with distributors to reach television trash.

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Cablevision looped a public service announcement on each affected channel and forced all of its customers' set-top boxes to channel 1999, which looped the same announcement.

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Cablevision responded by citing WABC-TV and WPVI's free, over-the-air accessibility.

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Cablevision began looping a public service announcement on each affected channel and forcing all of its customers' set-top boxes to channel 1999, which was looping the same announcement, much like was done when Scripps Networks pulled their cable channels' programming.

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Also that day, Cablevision announced through e-mail that their entire film catalog of on-demand movies would be available without charge until midnight that evening as an apology to their customers.

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On October 27, 2010, the same day as Game 1 of the World Series, Cablevision offered a new one-year deal to FOX, which was rejected, continuing the blackout.

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Cablevision repeatedly called on FOX to submit to binding arbitration, an offer which FOX repeatedly did not take Cablevision up on.

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News Corp and Cablevision reached a deal "in principle" to restore the channels.

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News Corp did not disclose the terms of the deal, but Cablevision said it paid the higher fees Fox and News Corp wanted, "because it does not think its customers should any longer be denied the Fox programs they wish to see.

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In February 2011, Cablevision moved the Game Show Network from the basic tier to an add-on sports package.

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In October 2011, GSN filed a lawsuit claiming that the network was being discriminated against because Cablevision gave preference to other channels that they owned which did not move.

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In November 2016, a Federal Communications Commission administrative law judge that Cablevision had acted unlawfully and recommended that the FCC require Cablevision to carry the channel on their expanded basic tier and imposed a maximum fine of $400, 000.

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Tribune, in its own statement, said that "Cablevision took this action despite our offer of an unconditional extension of the current carriage agreement with no change in terms while negotiations continued.

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Cablevision has never compensated Tribune for the retransmission of its local stations, which are among the most highly watched channels on Cablevision's lineups.

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Dispute between the two companies ended on October 26, 2012, when Cablevision reached an agreement with Tribune after Connecticut viewers complained about not seeing the first two games of the 2012 World Series.

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The dispute was due to the fact that Cablevision did not want to pay Meredith Corporation, the station's owner, for Fairfield County and Litchfield County customers, because they already had the flagship CBS station, WCBS-TV from New York.

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At the time of the sale to Altice, the board of directors of Cablevision were: Charles Dolan, James Dolan, Patrick Dolan, Kristin Dolan, Marianne Dolan Weber, Rand Araskog, Frank Biondi, Charles Ferris, Richard Hochman, Victor Oristano, Thomas Reifenheiser, John R Ryan, Brian Sweeney, Vincent Tese, Leonard Tow.

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