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KBode
KBode
2/26/2014 | 3:51:46 PM
"dead end"
Video in decline, only modest broadband gains and no real movement in voice customers. Wonder if Dolan sticks to his recent claim that offering users promotions was a dead end? Are the improvements courtesy of the lack of promotions in the fight against FiOS, or could the numbers be better with targeted promotions I wonder? FiOS too has cut back on promotions in the general NYC area where they compete with Cablevision.
DOShea
DOShea
2/26/2014 | 4:52:18 PM
Voice
Only 8,000 additions for the entire year. I guess no one really cares anymore, but sounds like their could be some opportunity left on the table there.
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
2/26/2014 | 5:01:32 PM
Re: Voice
They're making money by charging more to a dwindling customer base? That won't work for long.
smkinoshita
smkinoshita
2/26/2014 | 7:08:56 PM
Re: Voice
@FakeMitchWagner:  They could be charging more, but if it's true and they did improve customer service then they might also be providing a service that matches the price.  Great customer service can go a long way -- I'm loyal to a small business that sells computers and parts because they have fantastic customer service and I know I can trust them, even if their prices may be higher.
jabailo
jabailo
2/26/2014 | 7:16:01 PM
Re: Voice
Yes, it's somewhat like the British Foreign Office in 1960 once the colonies started gaining indepedence.  Not quite as much to do around the headquarters.  Cable is on track to be evicerated by Google fiber and Wimax/LTE broadband.   The fiber is already laid.  Wireless broadband only takes a few antennas to cover many square miles.  How can thick rat warrens of cable using a network designed for one way transmission of video compete?   Maybe some smart guy with figure out software that boosts its capabilitles to 10Gpbs.   But is that physically possible?
pcharles09
pcharles09
2/26/2014 | 9:04:55 PM
Re: Voice
Cablevision & great customer service are 2 things that do not go together. Trust me, I've been suffering for years.
albreznick
albreznick
2/26/2014 | 9:05:36 PM
Re: "dead end"
Yep, Karl. I wonder about that too. It doesn't seem like the Dolans really haver a long-term strategy right now. Maybe they're just tryingto hang on till someone decides to buy yhem out. Think Tom Rutledge might be interested?   
albreznick
albreznick
2/26/2014 | 9:08:00 PM
Re: Voice
Wow. So how much longer do you give cable technology? 
jabailo
jabailo
2/26/2014 | 10:40:23 PM
Re: Voice
We'll know after this happens!

 

Google prepares 34-city push for ultra-fast Fiber service

Google Inc is exploring a major expansion of its super-fast "Fiber" TV and Internet service, which could extend the nascent network to 34 more US cities and pose a competitive threat to home broadband providers.

Google executives told reporters on Wednesday the search company has reached out in recent weeks to cities from nine metropolitan areas around the country, including San Jose, Atlanta and Nashville, to discuss the feasibility of building out Fiber, which Google says delivers the Internet at speeds up to 100 times faster than average networks.

Phil_Britt
Phil_Britt
2/27/2014 | 11:24:26 AM
Re: Voice
I think that's the case with most cable companies and customer service. I'm not in Cablevision territory. I'm with a relatively small provider that could provide better service, but it's still better than my only other cable choice -- Comcast -- based on customers I know with the latter's "service." It seems the larger the cable companies get, the more customers become simply numbers.
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