'Cord Cutting Doesn't Hurt Cable,' Says Cablevision COO Kristin Dolan

"Broadband packages featuring over-the-air antennas are having the desired effect of bringing in new customers," says Dolan, "and are not cannibalizing the MSO's pay-TV core."
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Daniel Frankel reports in FierceCable that Cablevision's COO, Kristin Dolan, says, "Broadband packages featuring over-the-air antennas are having the desired effect of bringing in new customers and are not cannibalizing the MSO's pay-TV core.

"'People who we thought would be taking these products are taking them,'" Dolan said to a Bank of America Merrill Lynch conference, adding that Cablevision '"is not seeing a migration of customers from traditional cable video products into these so-called "cord-cutter" packages. 

"In April, Cablevision began marketing a 50 Mbps downstream broadband service with a Mohu Leaf digital TV antenna for $45 a month."

Later, the piece goes on to say, "Speaking to Merrill Lynch analyst Jessica Reif Cohen in a one-on-one session, Dolan also addressed Freewheel, the Wi-Fi calling service Cablevision launched in January with great fanfare. 

Without divulging how many customers have bought into Freewheel, Dolan boiled down the product as basically a learning exercise for Cablevision, 'so that we could better understand how our customers use broadband.'"

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