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Cablevision Systems Corporation ( ) is an Americanmarker cable television company. It is the 5th largest cable provider in the USA, with most customers residing in New Yorkmarker, New Jerseymarker, Connecticutmarker, and parts of Pennsylvaniamarker. Cablevision also offers high-speed Internet connections (Optimum Online), as well as digital cable (iO), and VoIP phone service (Optimum Voice) through its Optimum brand name.

Sports holdings

The Madison Square Garden, L.P. subsidiary controls the Madison Square Gardenmarker arena in New York Citymarker, and the professional sports teams that play there—the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, and New York Liberty. The same company also owns the Hartford Wolf Pack, a minor-league professional hockey team affiliated with the Rangers, and operates (but does not own) one Connecticutmarker sports venue: Rentschler Fieldmarker, the football home for the Connecticut Huskies.

Cablevision's sports holdings also include TV rights for the Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and Red Bull New York. These games are aired on their MSG Network and MSG Plus (formerly FSN New York) cable channels. Cablevision previously had the rights to the New York Yankees, New Jersey Nets and New York Mets, who left to start their own channels. Cablevision previously attempted to purchase the Yankees, Mets and Boston Red Sox, in part, to control their broadcast rights.

Other Cablevision properties

Other properties that are owned by Cablevision, through its Madison Square Garden, L.P. division, include the Beacon Theater and Clearview Cinemas. They have a long-term lease to operate Radio City Music Hall. Cablevision does own Radio City Entertainment, the company that operates the Rockettes.

The company owned a satellite television company called Voom, which shut down on April 30, 2005, but lived on as a series of High-definition television channels. They were available on Cablevision and iO digital cable until January 21, 2009. However, the 15 U.S. channels shut down due to lack of distribution. The international channels still continue to be syndicated. As of June 26, 2009, Cablevision offers over 100 HD Channels. Other services (cable, satellite, and telcos) are rapidly increasing their channel selections and also making claims of superiority. DirecTV planned to offer over 100 HD Channels by the end of 2007. The company is based in Bethpagemarker, New Yorkmarker on Long Islandmarker and is headed by the Dolan family, who reside on Long Island.

On April 30, 2007, Cablevision announced that its control of FSN Bay Area and FSN New England is being bought by Comcast for $570 million.

On May 12, 2008, Newsday reported that it would be purchased by Cablevision in a deal worth $650m. The sale was completed on July 29, 2008.

Cablevision's role in the West Side Stadium debate

In 2004 and 2005, Cablevision provided funding for an advertising campaign against the proposed construction of a stadiummarker on the West Side of Manhattanmarker supported by the Mayor of New York Citymarker, Michael Bloomberg. The stadium would have principally served the New York Jets, and was an essential part of New York City's failed bid for the 2012 Olympics. Cablevision had offered a competitive bid that far exceeded the bid of the Jets for property owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where the new stadium would have been located. The plans to build the stadium were abandoned in June 2005 when the New York State Assembly under the leadership of Speaker Sheldon Silver refused to provide state subsidies for the project.

Products and services

Carriage disputes

Cablevision did not carry most of the games of the New York Yankees in 2002, because they would not accept the price asked by YES Network. A deal was made the following year.Cablevision has also never carried the NFL Network, as the company has stated that it would like to be able to carry NFL Sunday Ticket (which is, by contract, exclusive to DirecTV until the 2014 season) before it carries NFL Network. This has been criticized by New Jersey legislators.

Cablevision, as a content provider, also engaged in a dispute with Verizon over the carriage of MSG Network and Fox Sports Net New York on its FiOS television systems. Verizon sued Cablevision, claiming that the latter company did not want to make their valuable local sports coverage available to an emerging competitor to their cable systems. An agreement was reached in November 2006 allowing FiOS to carry these channels. However, MSG's programming continues to be restricted to standard-definition on FiOS systems, which remains a major complaint among New York (and New Jersey) sports fans who have purchased high-definition television services from Verizon.

Corporate governance

Current members of the board of directors of Cablevision are: Charles Dolan, James Dolan, Patrick Dolan, Rand Araskog, Frank Biondi, Charles Ferris, Richard Hochman, Victor Oristano, Thomas Reifenheiser, John R. Ryan, Brian Sweeney, Vincent Tese, Leonard Tow.

In 2006, the Dolan family announced a plan to purchase the company and privatize it, after a failed attempt in 2005, which would have spun off Rainbow Media as a publicly traded company.

On May 2, 2007, after repeated attempts, the Dolan family announced that a deal worth $10.6 billion had been reached for Cablevision to be taken private, but agreement was not reached with other shareholders. Cablevision stock trades under the ticker symbol CVC on the New York Stock Exchangemarker.



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