Altice USA

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Altice USA
Public Subsidiary
Traded as NYSEATUS
Industry Telecommunications
Mass media
Predecessor Cablevision
Founded June 21, 2016; 17 months ago (2016-06-21)
Headquarters Bethpage, NY, United States
Key people
Dexter Goei
(Chairman and Chief Executive Officer)
Charles F. Stewart
(Co-President and Chief Financial Officer)
Hakim Boubazine
(Co-President and Chief Operating Officer)
Products Cable
(Internet)
(VoIP Phone)
(Business)
Brands Optimum TV (Television)
Optimum Online (Internet)
Optimum Voice (VoIP Phone)
Lightpath (Business)
News 12
News 12 Varsity
Parent Altice (70.3% equity; 98.3% voting rights)
Public (30.7%)[1]
Subsidiaries Newsday, LLC: 25%
Suddenlink Communications
Website www.alticeusa.com

Altice USA is an American cable television provider/multiple system operator with headquarters in New York City, with broadband, pay television, telephony services, Wi-Fi hotspot access, proprietary content and advertising services to approximately 4.9 million residential and business customers in 21 states.[2] The company also provides international news through the February 2017 U.S. launch of i24 NEWS[3] and local news through News 12 Networks.

The company is a subsidiary of Altice NV, a multinational telecoms company. Altice USA is the fourth-largest cable provider in the U.S.,[4] which operates under the Optimum and Suddenlink brands, with customers residing in the New York Tri-State area, as well as a number of midwestern and southern states.[5]

In June 2017, Altice USA went public, raising $2.2 billion in its initial public offering.[6] Earlier in 2017, Altice USA announced its intention to rebrand its Suddenlink and Optimum businesses under the Altice name by the end of the second quarter of 2018.[7] Altice USA remains based at Cablevision's former headquarters in Bethpage, New York, which will become the operational center for the company when its main headquarters is moved to One Court Square in Long Island City, Queens.

In November 2016, Altice USA announced a five-year plan for fiber-to-the-home to build a network capable of delivering 10 Gbps broadband speeds.[8] In August 2017, the company stated it was on track to reach one million homes by the end of 2018.[9]

Products and services[edit]

Altice USA Call Center in Newark
  • Optimum Online- a DOCSIS Internet service that offers speeds up to 400 Mbps. Subscribers also get access to Optimum WiFi hotspots that are located within the Altice's service area. Additionally, they may also connect to hotspots provided by Charter Spectrum, Comcast and Cox nationwide.
  • Optimum Voice- a Voice over IP (VoIP) telephone service
  • Optimum TV, - a digital cable service
  • Lightpath- A internet and telephone service for business. Lightpath is currently available in 21 state and serves more than 375,000 businesses. [10]
  • News 12 Networks- a group of cable networks that provide news, weather, traffic and sports to cable subscribers in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tri-state area through seven individual 24-hour local news channels and five traffic and weather channels.[11]

Other properties[edit]

  • Newsday and amNewYork (25% share, Dolan Family is the majority owner.)
  • News 12 Varsity, part of Cablevision Local Media, which includes Newsday[12]
  • Audience Partners, a provider of audience-based digital advertising solutions, which Altice USA acquired in March 2017.[13]

History[edit]

On May 20, 2015, Netherlands-based Altice NV announced that it would enter the U.S. cable market by purchasing Suddenlink Communications, the country’s 7th-largest cable provider, for $9.1 billion.[14] The acquisition closed on December 21, 2015.[15]

On September 17, 2015, Altice NV announced its intention to acquire Cablevision from the Dolan family and other public shareholders for $17.7 billion. The deal was approved by the FCC on May 3, 2016[16] and after approval from various regional regulators such as New Jersey's Board of Public Utilities and the New York Public Service Commission, closed on June 21, 2016.[17] Under the terms of the deal, Altice paid $34.90 in cash for each share in Cablevision and a 22% premium to the company's stock price; Altice also assumed Cablevision's debt.[18] Prior to this, Altice had already acquired Midwestern cable operator Suddenlink Communications and both companies were subsequently placed under Altice USA.

After the purchase, the Cablevision name was retired, and the company is now known as Altice USA, with Optimum remaining the customer facing brand of the company.

In May 2017, Altice USA announced its intention to rebrand its Suddenlink and Cablevision properties under the Altice name by the end of the second quarter of 2018.[19]

In June 2017, Altice USA went public, raising $2.2 billion in its initial public offering.[20]

Carriage Disputes[edit]

AMC Networks dispute[edit]

Altice engaged in a carriage dispute with the Dolan family (the former owners of Cablevision). Altice's contract to carry AMC Networks group of channels was to expire on December 31, 2016. On December 28 the two sides reached an agreement, three days before their contract with AMC expired.[21]

The Walt Disney Company dispute[edit]

Altice engaged in a dispute with The Walt Disney Company; the contract to carry the company's channels was set to expire on October 1, 2017.

On October 1, 2017, Disney and Altice reached a last-minute agreement to continue carrying the company's channels; this narrowly averted what would have been a blackout of ABC-owned stations WABC-TV and WPVI-TV, along with the ESPN family of networks and various other channels.[22] As part of the agreement, ESPN Classic was removed from the Altice lineup.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://deadline.com/2017/06/altice-usa-ipo-could-raise-1-85b-existing-holders-increase-sale-plans-1202117867/
  2. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (2017-06-22). "Cable Operator Altice USA Raises $1.9 Billion in IPO". Variety. Retrieved 2017-09-28. 
  3. ^ "Altice Launching News Network i24 in U.S. in February". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-10-01. 
  4. ^ "Altice USA CEO Goei Thinks Ahead to M&A on First Day of Trading". Bloomberg.com. 2017-06-21. Retrieved 2017-09-28. 
  5. ^ "U.S. FCC approves Altice acquisition of cable firm Suddenlink". Reuters. 2015-12-18. Retrieved 2017-09-28. 
  6. ^ "Altice USA IPO raised $2.2B in final tally". Newsday. Retrieved 2017-10-01. 
  7. ^ "Suddenlink and Optimum brands to disappear amid Altice rebrand | FierceCable". www.fiercecable.com. Retrieved 2017-10-01. 
  8. ^ "Altice USA to Skip DOCSIS 3.1, Roll Out All-Fiber Network | Multichannel". www.multichannel.com. Retrieved 2017-10-02. 
  9. ^ "Altice says it will reach 1M new homes with fiber by end of 2018 | FierceCable". www.fiercecable.com. Retrieved 2017-10-02. 
  10. ^ https://golightpath.com/about-us.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ "Patrick Dolan and Altice USA Enter into Agreement for Newsday Media Group". Businesswire.com. 2016-07-07. Retrieved 2017-11-12. 
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ "Cable giant buys Philly ad targeter Audience Partners". Philly.com. 2017-03-08. Retrieved 2017-11-05. 
  14. ^ "Altice enters U.S. cable market with Suddenlink move". Reuters.com. 2015-05-20. Retrieved 2017-11-07. 
  15. ^ "ltice Closes Suddenlink Deal". Multichannel.com. 2015-12-21. Retrieved 2017-11-07. 
  16. ^ "Altice and Cablevision, WC Docket 15-257". Federal Communications Commission. 2015-12-04. Retrieved 2016-06-22. 
  17. ^ "Altice Completes Acquisition of Cablevision Systems Corporation" (PDF). Altice NV. June 21, 2016. 
  18. ^ Emily Steel; Mark Scott (September 17, 2015). "Expanding in U.S., Altice Plans to Buy Cablevision for $17.7 Billion". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Suddenlink and Optimum brands to disappear amid Altice rebrand". Fierce Cable. May 24, 2017. Retrieved 2017-10-10. 
  20. ^ "Altice USA IPO raised $2.2 billion in final tally". News Day. June 27, 2017. Retrieved November 2, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Altice USA, AMC Networks Reach Carriage Deal | Multichannel". www.multichannel.com. Retrieved 2017-01-01. 
  22. ^ https://twitter.com/davidfaber/status/914604169083973632

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