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Mediacom Eyes HD Expansion

Mediacom Communications Corp. may have posted a disappointing quarter Tuesday, sending shares below a 52-week low, but the company is still pushing ahead with a plan to enhance its service portfolio, including a hefty expansion of high-definition television (HDTV) content in time for the 2007 holiday season.

Speaking Tuesday morning with reporters and analysts, EVP of operations John Pascarelli said Mediacom's "basic family cable" tier will offer between 30 to 40 hi-def channels for the added cost of the new set-top.

"We expect to announce the first phase of the new HD channels in the next 30 days," he said. With that being the first phase, I guess we can expect subsequent phases, which will be required to keep up with the beefy hi-def lineups DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) and EchoStar Satellite LLC are flaunting.

In other strategy-related moves, Mediacom -- which has much more DSL than fiber-to-the-home competition to contend with since Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is its primary telco competitor -- also plans to offer its low-end cable modem service (likely its 512-kbit/s tier) across the board, and couple that with a "fixed, long-term pricing strategy."

Mediacom is also teeing up a commercial voice product slated to launch in the first half of 2008.

While Mediacom used its earnings call to outline some new strategies, quite the opposite happened during Insight Communications Co. Inc. 's later in the day.

Insight, which turned in a solid quarter, offered nothing new about its prospects for a sale (and no analysts even brought it up in the Q&A session), which all but confirms that the MSO is off the block for now... or at least until sometime after it wraps up its system deal with Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) later this year. (See Insight-ful Questions Expected Tuesday.)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News


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drWaLLs 12/5/2012 | 3:50:13 PM
re: Mediacom Eyes HD Expansion "We expect to announce the first phase of the new HD channels in the next 30 days"

Well it's been 62 Days and I still have 10 HD channels - Mediacom is a joke when it comes to staying with the big boys. Hopefully they can step into a Comcast meeting and see how a cable company is supposed to be run. It seems like every day I turn around Comcast is adding more HD channels while I am stuck with my 10 HD channels (2 New channels added in last 14 months).

Hopefully Jeff Baumgartner will do a check up on this story...
Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 3:50:13 PM
re: Mediacom Eyes HD Expansion thanks for the update, i'll contact the MCCC folks and see if they can offer an update and/or a reason why it appears they are behind in the rollout
Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 3:49:59 PM
re: Mediacom Eyes HD Expansion We haven't gotten an official response to the question yet, but we'll keep pinging them. I'm also on site here at a cable event so we'll see what else we can find out for you. But thanks for keeping our feet to the fire on it.
Jeff
drWaLLs 12/5/2012 | 3:49:59 PM
re: Mediacom Eyes HD Expansion Thanks for the timely response.. Didn't mean to go on a rant but man.. a lot of people in the Valdosta, GA area including myself feel like Mediacom is dropping the ball when it comes to HD. Have you been successful in getting any update yet?

Thanks again,
Chris
Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 3:49:11 PM
re: Mediacom Eyes HD Expansion We just got word from Tim Kridel, who just penned the latest Light Reading Cable Industry Insider (on Docsis 3.0: ttp://www.lightreading.com/doc... happens to live in a Mediacom market.

a biz columnist for the Columbia Daily Tribune just noted that Mediacom does indeed have some new HD-related stuff in the works:

http://www.columbiatribune.com...

Mentions a new "HD Family Basic" tier that includes some hi-def nets that previously were part of the operator's HD tier. And there's some HD-VOD in the works, too.



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