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Bright House Networks is a cable television company and the sixth largest multiple system operator in the United States owned by Advance/Newhouse, headquartered in Syracuse, New Yorkmarker. The company provides service to cities including Indianapolismarker, Central Floridamarker (Orlandomarker / Daytona Beachmarker areas), Tampa Baymarker area, Lakelandmarker, Birmingham-Hoovermarker area, west suburban Detroitmarker, Bakersfieldmarker, and New Guinea. Most of its business is concentrated in Central Florida, where Bright House is the dominant cable system in the Tampa and Orlando TV markets.

History

Prior to 1994, some of the systems were fully owned by A/N under the names Vision Cable and Cable Vision (no relation to Cablevision Systems), while in other areas, Bright House is the successor to Teleprompter Cable TV, Group W Cable, Strategic Cable, Paragon Cable and the Tampa Bay / Orlando Time Warner Cable systems in Florida.

All of the systems now owned by Brighthouse were owned by the Time Warner Entertainment - Advance/Newhouse Partnership but, under a deal struck in 2003, Advance/Newhouse took direct management and operational responsibility for portion of the partnership cable systems roughly equal to their equity. Ostensibly, this was due to A/N's dissatisfaction with Time Warner Cable's strategic direction. Time Warner still owns a stake in Bright House Networks even though Advance/Newhouse runs the day to day operation of the company. Bright House networks provides customers in Central Florida, Tampa Bay and Alabama with Digital Services.

Bright House Networks currently offers TV Service (analog, digital and HD), high speed internet, wireless home networking, and digital phone in most areas. In addition, Bright House operates two regional local news channels -- Bay News 9 in the Tampa Bay market, and Central Florida News 13 in the Orlando market.

Naming rights

Bright House Networks owns the naming rights to the University of Central Floridamarker's Bright House Networks Stadiummarker in Orlando, Floridamarker, Bright House Fieldmarker in Clearwater, Floridamarker, the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Bright House Networks Amphitheatre in Bakersfield, Californiamarker. There is also a sporting event, the Bright House Networks Open golf tournament, held in Lakeland, Floridamarker.

Carriage controversies

  • On September 15, 2008 Bright House temporarily dropped stations owned by the LIN TV Corporation on its Pensacolamarker, DeFuniak Springsmarker and Indiana systems. Affected stations were WALA-TVmarker in Mobile, Alabamamarker, WISH-TVmarker/WNDY-TVmarker/WIIH-CA in Indianapolismarker and WANE-TVmarker in Fort Wayne, Indianamarker. Even though the controversy was focused on Time Warner Cable systems, Bright House was included in the dispute, in areas where they were formerly owned by Time Warner. With both companies factored in, a total of 15 markets were affected. .
  • On December 31, 2008, Time Warner Cable and Viacom's MTV Networks had not agreed to renew any Viacom channel beyond the end of year. Therefore, Time Warner and Bright House Networks would have lost all 19 Viacom channels (including Comedy Central and Nickelodeon) starting on January 1, 2009. As with the LIN dispute above, the dispute is focused on Time Warner Cable, with Bright House included, due to Time Warner being its programming partner. This blackout was narrowly avoided when a zero-hour deal was reached shortly after 12 Midnight ET on January 1, 2009.


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References

  1. Company Overview
  2. LIN TV Corp.: Time Warner Contract Expires October 2
  3. Viacom May Pull Channels Off Time Warner Cable in Contract Spat
  4. Los Angeles Times: "Viacom, Time Warner Cable settle contract dispute", 1/1/2009.


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