December 11, 2009
CableFAX: 13. Ready for Round Two: Rocco Commisso
Title: Chairman/CEO, Mediacom
Education: BS, MBA, Columbia University
Why Him? Commisso led Mediacom to one of its best performances last year, earning CableFAX: The Magazineâ€™s â€™09 top MSO award. This year, Mediacomâ€™s on track for record-setting free cash flow and the companyâ€™s first wideband launch, to 25% of the footprint. And then thereâ€™s retrans, which Commisso continues to rail against. More than two months before the expiration of Mediacomâ€™s retransmission consent deal with old nemesis Sinclair, the MSO filed a complaint with the FCC and is seeking help getting interim carriage with the broadcaster during negotiations.
Worth Watching: Satellite ratcheted up marketing in the MSOâ€™s footprint in Q3. Mediacom has opted not to play the deep discounting game on video-only services. Will churned subs return once their DBS promos expire?
The Year Ahead:
Win or lose, another battle with Sinclair likely will be messy.