The New York Department of Investigation (DOI) has accused New York Mayor Bill de Blasio of improperly conducting a secret meeting with unionized Cablevision workers at a public school.
Much as we see our family members' foibles, we see the biggest strategic blunders in pay-TV this year in the same way--not as a chance to pick on operators' decisions, good or bad, but to analyze their mistakes and determine how to avoid similar problems. Here are the five biggest pay-TV turkeys of 2014, in all their glorious plumage.
In a move that could signal major competition for cable companies, New York City has pledged to launch an ambitious public Wi-Fi project in 2015. Dubbed "LinkNYC," the service will provide free Internet service across the New York's five boroughs, as well as no-cost domestic calling and video chatting.
Around 74 percent of TV programming watched by Cablevision and Time Warner Cable subscribers in the New York DMA is viewed outside of prime time. These subscribers, on average, watch only about 25 of their channels each month. And 100 channels control 90 percent of the viewing. These are the findings of the first ever "New York Television Audience Insights Report," a quarterly research component focused on 3.5 million cable subscribers in the New York DMA and jointly produced by Cablevision and TWC.
As the third-quarter earnings season in the cable industry begins to wind down, one of the glaring trends that has emerged is that more consumers are opting to cut their cable or satellite service and use their broadband connection to get video service.
The National Labor Relations Board has charged Cablevision CEO James Dolan with threatening to withhold pay raises to his company's Brooklyn tech workers unless they voted to quit their union.
Continuing a third-quarter trend for pay-TV operators, Cablevision reported significant losses of 56,000 TV subscribers but saw revenue increase 3.7 percent to $1.63 billion, driven by higher customer fees.
Citing the cable company's ongoing battle with unionized technical workers in Brooklyn, the New York City Council is moving to block any potential deal that would let Cablevision convert the city's obsolete network of pay-phone booths into Wi-Fi hotspots.
The battle between Cablevision and its unionized Brooklyn workers continued to escalate Wednesday, with the cable company suing the Communications Workers of America Local 1109 in New York Supreme Court.
Cablevision said its Brooklyn-based field technicians and dispatchers voted 129-115 against maintaining union representation with the Communication Workers of America (CWA), in a nonbinding straw poll conducted by a third-party firm Sept. 10.