Time Warner Cable has signed up 20,000 customers for HD service in New York City, or 4% of its digital subscribers. While consumers aren't buying many HD sets, they are showing a good deal of interest, retailers say.
Cablevision Systems reported second-quarter net income of $222 million, compared with a year-earlier loss of $187.1 million. The MSO said it added 114,000 new customers to its digital phone service and 20,000 basic cable subscribers.
AOL Time Warner announced that advanced digital services, such as SVOD, VOD and DVR capabilities, have helped fuel Time Warner Cable's growth. Other MSOs have taken their focus off digital services to concentrate on different initiatives.
Canada's Magna Entertainment pays cable operators 5 cents to 10 cents per subscriber to offer its Horse Racing TV channel. Comcast households in Pennsylvania account for the majority of HRTV's 900,000 U.S. subscribers.
AT&T Broadband, Time Warner Cable and Cox have renegotiated retransmission contracts with broadcast affiliates. But smaller operators are having more difficulty making deals, and in some cases are being forced to drop local broadcast signals.