Dolan Family Wants Cablevision All To Itself (Again)
from the take-my-cable-company-and-go-home dept
After failing in a previous effort, the Dolan family is looking to take Cablevision private. Cablevision, in recent years, has bucked cable industry trends as it sold a cut-rate triple play service, voiced support for a la carte cable, and drew the ire of the entertainment industry by planning a hosted DVR service. The family’s letter to shareholders hits on this theme, as they believe that a private Cablevision can be managed more entrepreneurally, and with a longer-term approach than if it were public. They cited the fact that Cablevision’s stock dropped upon offering a sub-$100 triple play service, even though the move has done well for the company. This also comes at a time when a lot of money is going to bringing companies private, a proposition that’s become more attractive in the age of Sarbanes-Oxley, with its high cost of compliance.