Optimum cable sells again

2013-02-07T13:46:00Z 2014-08-25T07:04:23Z Optimum cable sells againBy JAN FALSTAD jfalstad@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Billings-based Optimum West, formerly Bresnan Communications, has been sold for the second time in less than three years.

New York-based Cablevision Systems Corp. announced Thursday that it is selling the cable system that serves customers in Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado to Charter Communications.

Charter will pay $1.625 billion in cash for the Rocky Mountain cable system, which has roughly 366,000 customers.

"With this transaction, Charter will acquire some of the fastest growing cable assets in the United States," said Charter's chief executive, Tom Rutledge. "Optimum West is an ideal fit for Charter and we anticipate an efficient integration process."

In 2010, Cablevision, based in Long Island, N.Y., agreed to pay $1.37 billion for Bresnan and then changed the name to Optimum.

The actual sale is between subsidiaries of the telecommunication giants: Charter Communications Operating LLC is buying Cablevision's Bresnan Broadband Holdings LLC.

The deal is expected to close between July and September.

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  1. ken100
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    ken100 - March 08, 2013 11:03 pm
    As a new Directv sub I get their $65 package (170 channels) for $30 for a year. With optimum to get the same level of channels I would have to get their $75 package (177 channels) and as a new sub it would be $50 for a year, then add another $10 for lease fee and other taxes and fee's. With dtv their is no lease fee even though you lease the equipment and their are no franchise fee's or taxes. Also, in my second year I get $10 off for 12 months, nothing with optimum. I get 46 premium channels free for 90 days plus MLB package free for the 2013 season. With optimum you get Showtime free for 90 days. I also got free install. And a whole home dvr that serves 3 rooms for $22 a month. With optimum would be nearly $19 a tv with dvr fee and lease fee, that's nearly $57. Quite a difference. And with Century Link with my Directv I get a $5 discount (bundle) I get their 15 meg speed for $35 after bundle discount and I own my own modem. Dtv is mpeg 4 not mpeg 2 like optimum.
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    MTKAMPIN - February 11, 2013 8:22 am
    I watched the AMC show THE WALKING DEAD on netflix couple wks ago, think it was season one and 2. it was a good show! but if season 1&2 r on netflix already, New seasons wont be far behind it. but it is on there. not sure bout game of thrones or the other shows. but i would think that if u didn't wanna wait 4 them 2 come 2 netflix, u could buy the seasons for $20-30 each and still be less than the monthly cable or sat bill. I will miss hockey, NASCAR now without Sat tv. but i can pick up NASCAR on Sirius radio, or watch on racebuddy.com. or listen 2 many hockey games on Sirius radio. least the ones that aren't on local ch
  3. ruby
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    ruby - February 10, 2013 7:08 pm
    Dish is cheaper than Direct and has much better customer service. I haven't had cable in 15 years and don't intend on having it anytime soon.
  4. Infowarrior
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    Infowarrior - February 10, 2013 1:39 am
    It is DISH that doesn't offer AMC
  5. billy banger
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    billy banger - February 09, 2013 8:08 am
    Try to cancel then come back and tell me what wonderful service it is when it costs hundreds to quit. I had to clean the dish every time it snowed or I lost signal.They also do not service the equpment without a special charge, even when it is their equpment at fault. Great Deal oH yea.
  6. jubjubs
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    jubjubs - February 08, 2013 3:32 pm
    If it means getting rid of the optimum cable commercial guy, I am all for it!
  7. MTGirl01
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    MTGirl01 - February 08, 2013 1:59 pm
    I would love to drop cable but how do you watch live sports without cable??
  8. Kelly Brown
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    Kelly Brown - February 08, 2013 1:26 pm
    I get it online. Oh I am very much an Optimum customer for my internet. And I do have cable tv for a few months out of the year to catch Shameless and Game of Thrones. The overall trend I see though is that cable is a dying breed. In this day and age there is barely a reason to keep it. So much so that they practically beg me to keep it every time I drop it. Want to lower your cable bill? Call em up and tell them you want to drop it. They cant pitch deals at you fast enough they are so desperate. Soon as I have another option for those two shows I am done with it. As I sit here and type waiting a few more months for them on dvd is sounding like a better option.
  9. Willowby
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    Willowby - February 08, 2013 1:11 pm
    Canceled my cable today. Hulu plus and Netflix are definitely the way to go!
  10. Jim Greer
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    Jim Greer - February 08, 2013 12:36 pm
    DirecTV certainly DOES offer AMC. Not sure where you got that info?
  11. mercy t
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    mercy t - February 08, 2013 11:41 am
    Directv doesn't have AMC, that's a big problem. No Walking Dead. All the programs I watch are cable. Natgeo. Discovery. Game of thrones on HBO. The Secret History of the United States on Showtime. I'll pay because I want the services. Directv doesn't offer phone or Internet. And their rates change.
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    MTKAMPIN - February 08, 2013 10:30 am
    here is how I ran my netflix, I bought a wireless router from Wal-Mart 4 60 bucks, got a wii that will pick it up the wireless signal and Best parts no wires! but for my bedroom, I ran an Ethernet from the blueray player to the router and almost every blueray player has Ethernet Jack in the back now. some better ones can pick up the wireless signal 2. but at Costco they sell a lil box called a Roku. Its great! made 4 picking up wireless signals, already set up for hulu and netflix. jus need 2 plug it in & it walks u thru everything 2 setup! also got 2 free months of hulu plus with the Roku, and one month of netflix. use it, c what suits your needs, or keep both and its like having your favorite movies or tv shows saved on your DVR! luv it!
  13. bees
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    bees - February 08, 2013 10:11 am
    Lol! U are right! If only they had been that 'giving' when we had service- long after contract ran out!
  14. Michael
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    Michael - February 08, 2013 9:07 am
    Kelly Brown. How do you get Hulu and Netflix delivered? Through a DSL, satellite, cable?
  15. rainbowed
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    rainbowed - February 08, 2013 9:04 am
    I now understand why direct tv is so expensive. The volume of mail they have sent the last eighteen months since we cancelled them has been impressive. Optimum is about the same, plus they send live people often. No wonder some of the other choices are much more reasonable. No contracts either.
  16. Billings-center-of-Montana-Wyoming
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    Billings-center-of-Montana-Wyoming - February 08, 2013 8:49 am
    we need a MONTANA based company! this is bs selling it every year.

  17. Kelly Brown
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    Kelly Brown - February 08, 2013 8:18 am
    Is there really any reason to have cable tv through a cable company anymore? Hulu $9 Netflix $9 Gets me everything I watch on cable for a fraction of the price.

    I think it is a smart business move to get rid of a sinking ship
  18. bees
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    bees - February 08, 2013 8:17 am
    The continual price increases made me leave Direct 8 months ago -- got the Optinum bundle for $101.00 total each month. (Internet for me and TV for hubby). I also quit watching TV then and wow! There is life beyond the boob box! We bought 2 of the antenna boxes for other house tvs and will probably drop ALL cable in few months. The boxes pick up several channels and Netflex can fill in blanks. Reality, survival and reruns are all that seem to run anymore. AND?? TV was on other day - I witnessed my first double murder in months and it affected me - enough to realize how insulated our human emotions have become. And kids watch HOURS of it all the time.
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    MTKAMPIN - February 08, 2013 7:29 am
    I agree that direct tv is good, I jus canceled mine tho, avalanche fan and have to buy a sports package to get games. had direct tv for long time, bill jus went up and up. canceled it and got hulu plus and netflix. now paying less than 100 a month and have more stuff to watch than I ever did! its great! gonna miss hockey but at the end of the day, I couldn't afford the 101 bucks a month 4 direct tv so I'll live. its worth checking out hulu or netflix even as an add on. my kids luv it 2! got movies, complete seasons of good tv shows I've never seen, and NO COMMERCIALS on netflix!
  20. home stretch
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    home stretch - February 08, 2013 6:25 am
    Every tele-marketer on the planet has your number with a land line from cable
  21. Whatevvver
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    Whatevvver - February 08, 2013 12:44 am
    yes, cheaper on the cable package and i have all channels + premium - HD and hbo, showtime, cinemax, and and lord knows what else i dnt even watch them all ... so my savings allows me to get internet amd i cld have gotten a land line but id never use it - basically with all that i save more than $48 a month as opposed to cable. oh and i have a DVR in every room as well
  22. R U Kidding
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    R U Kidding - February 07, 2013 10:09 pm
    Not being snarky whatev, just asking a question. I have been on the $99 a month plan for 3.5 years and have had all 3 services. Is Direct Tv cheaper with other services.
  23. Whatevvver
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    Whatevvver - February 07, 2013 9:46 pm
    lol - could be any more snarky - good lord. nope it sure does not but because of my savings i buy them both and STILL pay less. im sorry if i ruined your negative moment and im also sorry if me saving my hard earned cash is such a sore spot for you. lets hope u have better days ahead!
  24. liv2ski
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    liv2ski - February 07, 2013 9:22 pm
    Hulu plus, 9 bucks a month
  25. Stenny
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    Stenny - February 07, 2013 9:05 pm
    I know this may sound crazy, but probably because money. Money money money.
  26. Really now
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    Really now - February 07, 2013 8:33 pm
    Just went from bad to worse! Had Charter once and it was terrible.
  27. R U Kidding
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    R U Kidding - February 07, 2013 7:51 pm
    "Whatevver" does your precious Direct Tv offer phone and internet with the channels?
  28. Whatevvver
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    Whatevvver - February 07, 2013 7:09 pm
    best thing i ever did was switch to Direct TV - id been a long time cable devoteeee but having made the change about 9 months ago, i love it! my bill is less than HALF of cable and i get all the same channels. if i sound like an advert then so be it. a deal is a deal and cable is nooooo deal
  29. jkaufman101
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    jkaufman101 - February 07, 2013 6:24 pm
    The reporter doesn't say *why* the company was sold. i think this is an egregious omission. If Jan doesn't know why Optimum West was sold, even after doing some additional reporting, then he should say so! Otherwise, the story is incomplete and it makes the reporter and the newspaper look lazy.
  30. cap cook
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    cap cook - February 07, 2013 5:24 pm
    Drop cable and you won't have anything to cry about.
  31. staceyronq
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    staceyronq - February 07, 2013 5:06 pm
    being a new york knicks fan, please give me the MSG network.
  32. TV
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    TV - February 07, 2013 4:30 pm
    They made a big chunk of change on the sale..again. Bet my outrageously high cable bill won't go down though.
  33. the twins
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    the twins - February 07, 2013 4:20 pm
    now if this doesnt sound fishy,, sounds like the board members r gonna make alot of money on this deal, and we the paying public, are gonna get less for more money ,, when is enough ,, enough

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