Bright House Networks, LLC
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryTelecommunications
FoundedApril 1, 2003; 19 years ago (2003-04-01)
DefunctMay 18, 2016; 6 years ago (2016-05-18)
FateAcquired by Charter Communications and merged with Time Warner Cable to form Charter Spectrum
SuccessorCharter Spectrum
Headquarters,
Key people
Steve Miron (CEO)[1]
Nomi Bergman (President)[1]
Bill Futera (EVP and CFO)
ProductsDigital cable
Phone service
High-speed Internet
Business data solutions
Home security and automation
ParentAdvance Publications
(2003–2016)
Charter Communications
(2016)

Bright House Networks, LLC also simply known as Bright House, was an American telecom company. Prior to its purchase by Charter Communications, it was the tenth-largest multichannel video service provider and the 6th largest cable internet provider (based on coverage) in the United States.[2] The company served more than 2.2 million customers.[3]

Bright House Networks' primary service offerings included digital television, high-speed internet, home security and automation and voice services.[3]

Bright House Networks also owned and operated two 24-hour local news operations; Central Florida News 13 serving the Orlando area, and Bay News 9 serving the Tampa Bay area.[4]

History

Prior to 1994, some of the systems were fully owned by Advance Publications under the names Vision Cable and Cable Vision (no relation to Cablevision in the New York City metro area). In other areas, Bright House Networks was the successor to TelePrompTer Cable TV, Group W Cable, Strategic Cable, Paragon Cable and Shaw Communications. In Florida, Bright House succeeded Time Warner Cable's Tampa Bay and Orlando systems.

All of the systems that eventually came to be owned by Bright House Networks were previously owned by the Time Warner Entertainment–Advance/Newhouse Partnership. Bright House Networks, LLC was formerly known as TWEAN Subsidiary, LLC and changed its name to Bright House Networks, LLC on April 1, 2003.[5] Under a deal struck in 2003, Advance/Newhouse took direct management and operational responsibility for a portion of the partnership cable systems roughly equal to their equity. Bright House Networks offers video, high-speed data, home security and automation and voice services. In addition, Bright House Networks operated two regional local news channels – Bay News 9 in the Tampa Bay market, and News 13 in the Orlando market. Bright House Networks had an extensive fiber optic network in the Florida area and used it to provide commercial services including dedicated Internet access, VPN services, and private network transport as well as telecom facilities such as SIP trunking and PRI service.

On March 31, 2015, Charter Communications announced it would acquire Bright House in a $10.4 billion deal, contingent on Time Warner Cable waiving its right of first refusal to acquire the latter company, which was not expected to be exercised given the then-pending Comcast–Time Warner Cable merger.[6] On May 26, 2015, after Comcast had abandoned its plans to buy Time Warner Cable, Charter announced its own plans to merge with TWC, as well as a renegotiated arrangement for the purchase of Bright House. On April 25, 2016, regulators approved both mergers; Advance/Newhouse gained a stake of roughly 14 percent in the combined company.[7] As a result of the deal, the Bright House and Time Warner Cable brands will be phased out and eliminated completely, with both services amalgamated under Charter's Spectrum brand over the coming months.[8] Spectrum plans to withdraw Bright House's automation and security services in February 2020.[9]

Service area

The company provided service to areas including Indianapolis, Central Florida (Orlando / Daytona Beach areas), Tampa/Lakeland area, Birmingham–Hoover area, west suburban Detroit, and Bakersfield. Most of its former business was concentrated in Central Florida.

Naming rights

Bright House Networks held the naming rights to UCF's Bright House Networks Stadium (now Spectrum Stadium) in Orlando, Florida; Bright House Field (now BayCare Ballpark) in Clearwater, Florida, the spring training home of the Phillies; and the Bright House Networks Amphitheatre (now Spectrum Amphitheatre) in Bakersfield, California. They formerly served as title sponsor of the Futures Tour Bright House Networks Open golf tournament, held in Lakeland, Florida.

Carriage disputes

When Bright House Networks was separate from Time Warner Cable, most of its carriage deals were still negotiated on its behalf by Time Warner Cable.[10] Thus, Bright House Networks customers were affected whenever there were carriage disputes between TWC and a content provider, which has happened several times.

Bright House Networks Spectrum
Bright House Networks Spectrum

See also

References

  1. ^ a b CableFAX: 31. Family Affair: Bob Miron, Steve Miron, Nomi Bergman
  2. ^ NCTA Top 25 MSO's
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  4. ^ "About Bright House Networks". Bay News 9. Archived from the original on 2014-03-04. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  5. ^ "Bright House Networks LLC - Company Profile and News - Bloomberg Markets".
  6. ^ "Charter to buy Bright House cable". Orlando Sentinel. March 30, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  7. ^ Steel, Emily (26 May 2015). "Charter Communications Agrees to Acquire Time Warner Cable". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Charter completes purchase of Time Warner Cable, Bright House". Los Angeles Times. May 18, 2016. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  9. ^ "Spectrum announces end to home security service, customers mulling new options: Your Stories". WSYR-TV. 12 December 2019. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Bright House viewers lose WTOG, Showtime". TampaBay.com.
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  16. ^ Reuters: "Fox says Time Warner Cable may drop Fox TV shows", December 18, 2009.
  17. ^ AP (via Chicago Tribune): "Fox grants 'brief extension', keeps signal going as dispute with Time Warner Cable continues", January 1, 2010.
  18. ^ ABC News: "NFL, 'Idol' After All: Time Warner Cable, Fox Announce Deal on Broadcasts; Football Fans Breathe Easier as Cable Giants Reach an Unspecified Agreement", January 1, 2010.
  19. ^ New York Post: "Time Warner Cable, Disney set TV deal", August 30, 2010.Archived October 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ "ABC, ESPN stay on air as Disney-Time Warner talks continue". September 2, 2010.
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  23. ^ a b Adweek: "Hearst and Time Warner Cable Part Ways Over Retrans", July 10, 2012.
  24. ^ Adweek: "Imported Signals in Retrans Fight Raise Regulatory Questions", July 10, 2012.
  25. ^ "Tampa Bay Times: "Hearst dispute with Bright House pulls WMOR-Ch. 32 and digital THIS TV off Tampa Bay cable system", July 10, 2012". Archived from the original on December 14, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2012.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  26. ^ Malone, Michael (July 20, 2012). "Hearst TV, Time Warner Cable End Viewer Blackout". NextTV. Retrieved December 27, 2021.
  27. ^ "Local 6 issues programming alert". ClickOrlando.com.
  28. ^ "Showtime off Bright House in fee dispute". The Orlando Sentinel.