Friday, Nov. 22
Cablevision raises rates
Cablevision Systems, the huge New York-area multiple system operator with approximately 3 million subscribers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, has unwrapped 2003 price increases that will average 5.26 percent for its customers in the tri-state area, according to a company statement. Holiday-season price increases are a tradition at some MSOs, and last year at this time Cablevision raised its prices by an average of 5.5 percent.
Cablevision attributed the need to raise 2003 prices to higher programming costs, increased investments in customer service and network improvements to enhance reliability. Prices for digital service will remain the same, according to the MSO. Bills will go up in January or February for most customers.
Twentieth renews court shows: Twentieth Television has renewed its top first-run strips in court shows “Divorce Court” and “Texas Justice.” The two series have now cleared 55 percent and 45 percent of the country, respectively, for the 2003-2004 season. The strips have been renewed on stations representing the Fox, Meredith, Cox, Viacom, Capitol and Blade Communications groups. The two shows finished their rookie outings as the top-rated freshman strips for the 1999-2000 and 2001-2002 seasons, respectively.
Game Show Network adds to lineup: “Weakest Link” and “Love Connection” are joining the Game Show Network’s lineup in January. GSN’s acquisition of the one-hour network version of “Link” includes 10 never-before-seen episodes.#