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2016: The Critical Year For Measurement

Anyone who has been around the media business for any length of time has heard the song before – [insert calendar year here] is the year we will finally experience the joy of true cross platform ratings measurement.  But at the risk of having to eat crow in the next six months, 2016 is beginning to shape up as the year it finally happens.


Tom Rutledge’s 'Texas Two-Step'

Tom Rutledge may be known as a consummate cable operator, having led Cablevision Systems and Charter Communications through some rough waters, but the Charter CEO knows how to dance around an onerous regulatory framework as well, using something known back in his early days at Time Warner Cable as the “Texas Two-Step.”


Rupert Passes the Baton

There was a lot of ink shed in the past couple of days over the talk that Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of 21st Century Fox, was getting ready to pass the baton to his sons James and Lachlan. According to people familiar with the matter, James would become CEO and Lachlan would become co-executive chairman, sort of a brotherly tag team to run one of the largest and most influential media companies in the realm.


Bright House Critical in Charter-TWC Deal

It may take some time to figure out whether Charter’s $78.7 billion deal to purchase Time Warner Cable is a good one, but according to MoffettNathanson principal and senior analyst Craig Moffett, a critical component of the deal was Charter’s purchase of Bright House Networks from Advance/Newhouse.


Five Things You Need to Know About Altice

While most people may have a hard time naming three things from Luxembourg (Hint: Jean-Claude Van Damme isn’t one of them), cable operators would be smart to bone up on their knowledge of the tiny country wedged between Belgium, France and Germany, and especially its telecom company, Altice.


Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know Verizon Will Own After the AOL Deal Closes

The pundits may all be touting how Verizon’s deal to purchase AOL Inc. for $4.4 billion will broaden their mobile video horizons and give them access to content and ad technology that could help revolutionize the online video industry, but there are a handful of other ancient technologies (10 years or more old, this is the Internet), products, services and companies that the wireless giant will inherit as part of the deal.


The People Price of Moving On

There isn’t a giant warehouse in the Midwest full of GreatLand Connections truck decals looking for a new home, but according to Michael Willner, the long-time cable executive who was set to become CEO of the company that was to emerge from the now-terminated Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal, the decision to end the merger has taken a toll on the people who for more than a year believed they were going to be working for another company.


Charter Talking to Time Warner Cable

The press didn’t let the sweat dry off Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts’ brow before they were breathlessly reporting that none other than Charter Communications was readying a bid for Time Warner Cable, shortly after he announced that he was terminating its $67 billion merger with TWC.


Like Gomer Pyle used to say: Surprise, surprise.