[opendtv] Re: VOOM vamooses

  • From: Segal Gary-r36550 <Gary.Segal@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2004 14:09:00 -0700

Hmmm, I'm not sure what is going on here.  CED Broadband Direct claims Voom is 
still in business.  They claim that Cablevision has suspended the Voom 
spin-off, but not operations.  This is consistent with other news articles 
available on the financial web sites say for CVC.

Of course, tommorow we might learn that Voom is gone and that DTV was right all 

-Gary Segal


Cablevision yanks Voom spinoff plans

Karen Brown, CED

It looks like Voom isn't going solo any time soon.

In a Securities and Exchange filing posted late yesterday, Cablevision Systems 
Corp. stated it is suspending its proposed spinoff of Rainbow Media 
Enterprises, an umbrella subsidiary that oversees Voom's Rainbow DBS 
operations, as well as programming networks AMC, WE Women's Entertainment and 
the Independent Film Channel, and on-demand content outlet Mag-Rack. 

Originally, Cablevision had planned to complete the Rainbow Media Enterprises 
spinoff next fall. But in the filing the company stated it will instead "pursue 
strategic alternatives." 

While touted as the most HD-rich TV service in the United States with 21 
channels beamed in 1080i high-resolution format, it has not been easy going for 
Voom since its launch in fall 2003. In the third quarter, the fledgling 
satellite TV service reported it had just 26,000 customers, and was still 
operating in the red, with revenues of $5.9 million and an operating loss of 
$75.3 million. The loss was blamed on high development costs for the HD 
channels, subscriber acquisition costs and the operating cost to support the 
uplink, broadcast center and customer call center.

Nevertheless, it has soldiered on, announcing earlier this month the addition 
of five new standard-definition channels from the Scripps Network - Home & 
Garden Television, Food Network, DIY-Do It Yourself Network, FINE LIVING and 
GAC-Great American Country.


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Subject: [opendtv] VOOM vamooses


Voom Goes Bust
  By Staff
  Dec 22, 2004, 12:40

  Cablevision has decided to suspend its Voom=20
satellite service, which   included several=20
high-definition channels, but had only a modest=20
25,000 subscribers by the end of Q3 2004.

The news had a positive   and immediate effect on=20
the Cablevision stock, which closed at $25.06=20
yesterday, up by 13.3%


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