Charter Communications has completed its acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, creating the second biggest U.S. cable provider which go by the name Charter.
The FCC approved Charter Communications' blockbuster acquisition of fellow cable operators Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks this week, and in its lengthy filing approving the deal the agency acknowledged that the companies may well pursue some kind of wireless strategy, including possibly launching an MVNO service. The FCC also offered a glimpse into the plans by Charter, TWC and Bright House to expand their public Wi-Fi networks, and how that effort could create challenges for the nation's wireless network operators.
In terms of video subscriber growth, it was a tale of two cable MSO segments during the first quarter. While the largest cable providers such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications collectively added 89,000 new subscribers, a number of mid-sized operators lost customers.
An accidental fiber cut on Level 3 Communications' fiber network disrupted service for Time Warner Cable and Cox customers in the Northeast.
Charter Communications' pending acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House cleared a big hurdle on Friday as the FCC voted to approve the multi-billion dollar mega deal that will create a consumer and business services powerhouse.
Time Warner Cable used its NewFronts presentation to poke holes in claims made by online video companies that they reach audiences more efficiently than linear TV.
A few years back, Dominos started a "mea culpa" trend in advertising, producing a series of TV commercials basically admitting that the quality of the chain's pizzas had gone bad, and that it had realized the error of its ways, faced its critics, and reinvented its own pies.
Charter Communications' purchases of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have secured the necessary three Commission votes to clear regulatory approval from the FCC, the major news services have reported.
While not declaring his MSO's trials in New York of IP-based pay-TV services an outright success, Time Warner Cable Chairman and CEO Rob Marcus reported a mostly positive review during his company's last earnings call as a stand-alone company Thursday.
Charter Communications expects to finally close its acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks "within a few days" of the California Public Utilities Commission's May 12 approval vote of the deals.