Cox Prepping To Enter Wireless Industry In Fall

US cable operator Cox Communications is poised to join the ranks of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) after taking the wraps off its sign-up site on July 19  ahead of pilot launch markets later this year. A representative for Cox said the cable operator plans to roll out pilots in Hampton Roads, Va.; Las Vegas; and Omaha, Neb. It will ramp an advertising campaign for its mobile service at the start of August.

Local News Close-Up: Omaha Stakes

Omaha, Neb., residents say the friendly market always welcomes new arrivals, and that’s a good thing for the station general managers. All the Big Four affiliate GMs in town have turned up in the last two years.

Cox Explores A Smart TV Strategy

Cox Communications is seeking a way to do more with smart TVs and streaming platforms to enable customers to access its pay TV services and other streaming apps without the need for a separate set-top box. “We’re exploring the [smart TV] space,” Mark Gathen, VP of content acquisition at Cox, said Wednesday during a panel at the StreamTV Show in Denver. “We haven’t partnered with anyone right now.”

Cox Communications Ups Barlik, Langner, Lawson To Key Management Roles

Black News Channel Reaches Carriage Deal With Cox Communications

Black News Channel (BNC) reported today that it has negotiated another widescale distribution agreement. Cox video customers now have the option to watch BNC on Contour and find the network by speaking “BNC” into their Contour voice remote. With the addition of Cox Communications’ millions of subscribers that are located in 18 states, BNC’s linear distribution […]

Cox Communications CEO Patrick Esser To Retire At Year-End

He will be succeeded by Mark Greatrex, the current EVP and chief sales and marketing officer, who will become president.

Cox Hit With $1B Music Piracy Verdict

Cox Communications is liable for the infringement of more than 10,000 pirated songs, a Virginia jury held, and it’s going to cost the company $1 billion in damages. Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, EMI and their music publishing subsidiaries in June 2018 sued Cox, claiming the internet giant “knowingly contributed to, and reaped substantial profits from, massive copyright infringement committed by thousands of its subscribers.”


Fox And Cox Come To Retrans Agreement

The new deal covers distribution of the Fox Television Stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2, BTN and Fox Deportes.


Cable Sizes Up ATSC 3.0 Challenges

The array of options for over-the-air 3.0 is dizzying. But with roughly 75% of TV households still subscribing to cable, satellite or telco services — and retransmission fees from providing their signals to such pay-TV operators making up a growing portion of broadcasters’ revenue — it’s clear that 3.0 needs to work with cable in order to be a long-term success.

Pluto TV Coming To Cox Contour

Pluto TV, the free streaming television platform will launch on Cox Communications’ Cox Contour. The Pluto TV app will soon be available to Contour and Contour Stream Player customers, providing access to more than 100 channels and thousands of hours of on-demand content spanning blockbuster movies, popular television series, sports, news, general entertainment, lifestyle, comedy, cartoons, […]

Cox Readies Cloud DVR Rollout

Following integrations of OTT video services such as Netflix and support for voice-based search and navigation, Cox Communications is gearing up to launch another feature of the multiscreen video platform it has deployed through its X1 syndication deal with Comcast — a cloud DVR.

Cox Names Perley McBride New CFO

Cox To Drop NBC-Owned Chiller Channel

Hearst And Cox Reach Retrans Agreement

Service is restored in five markets Wednesday after the stations went dark on the cable systems late Tuesday night.

No Retrans Deal For Hearst, Cox

The two fail to reach a new retransmission consent agreement following a five-day extension of negotiations to Sept. 5.

Report: Charter Wants To Buy Cox

Charter Communications — the nationwide cable giant whose properties include Spectrum, formerly Time Warner Cable — is weighing a fresh plan to acquire Atlanta-based Cox Communications, three sources say.

Cox To Carry Estrella TV In Phoenix, San Diego

Beginning today, Spanish-language broadcaster LBI Media’s Estrella TV network is available in Phoenix (DMA 12) and San Diego (DMA 28) and on Cox Communications. “We are excited to further expand our partnership with Cox in Phoenix and San Diego,” said Cathy Lewis Edgerton, SVP, distribution and affiliate sales, LBI Media. “Estrella TV launching on Cox […]


Cox Sets Deal With Tegna; Blackout Averted

Tegna and Cox Communications reached a new new multi-year carriage agreement on Friday night, preventing the blackout of seven Tegna stations in Cox’s lineup.

Cox Sets Latino-Targeted SVOD Platform

Cox Communications confirmed that it’s preparing to test launch a new Spanish-language SVOD site named Glosi. “Glosi is a Hispanic-focused video streaming service and online portal with thousands of hours of exclusive content and original programming,” said Cox rep Todd Smith.

Viacom Renews Carriage Deal With Cox

The No. 3 cable provider, which has 6 million residential and commercial customers, has agreed to carry 22 Viacom channels plus Epix, its joint venture with MGM and Lionsgate. Cox also will offer “an expanded selection” of programs via its on-demand platforms which serve TV and mobile devices.


Nexstar And Cox Come To Terms On Retrans

Nexstar Broadcasting announced Thursday that it reached a new distribution agreement with Cox Communications. The deal, reached just prior to Super Bowl 50, covers Nexstar’s 13 stations in nine markets. Nexstar said programming on all stations will resume “as soon as possible.”


Nexstar Stations Go Dark On Cox Systems

Retransmission disputes usually end up with an 11th hour deal — but not this time for Cox Communications and Nexstar. Cox customers in nine markets lost access to Nexstar stations’ programming Friday night as their five-year-old carriage agreement expired with negotiators still at odds over terms to extend it.

Nexstar Responds To Cox Merger Challenge

The group broadcaster says the cable operator’s claim to the FCC that the proposed Nexstar-Media General merger will hurt cable subscribers contains “egregious mischaracterizations.”

Cox Urges FCC To Block Nexstar-MG Merger

Facing a blackout on Nexstar Broadcasting Group stations in nine markets due to stalled retransmission licensing renewal talks, Cox Communications has spoken out against Nexstar’s $4.6 billion bid to acquire Media General.

Nexstar, Cox Battling Over Retrans Fees

Cox subscribers in nine markets could lose access to 13 Nexstar stations this Friday if a new distribution agreement isn’t reached before then, the station group warns.

DMA 93

WVLA Baton Rouge, Cox Come To Terms

Cox Communications has reached an agreement to resume broadcasting NBC affiliate WVLA Baton Rouge, La., and co-owned KZUP, ending a standoff over retrans rates that began New Year’s Day.


Cable Experimenting With Metered Data

As of Oct. 1, Comcast customers in a few small markets are now subject to metered data use. Households that use more than 300 gigabytes of data per month will have the choice to pay $10 for an extra 50 gigabytes or $30 per month for unlimited service. The cable giant joins the No. 4 player in the industry, Cox Communications, in offering tiers that vary in price depending on data use. Metered data is good for most consumers and for the Internet. Here’s why.

Cox Eliminating Analog Service In Louisiana

Cox-Gray Television Retrans Dispute Is Over

This announcement appeared on the Cox Communications website Sunday: “Cox Communications has reached an agreement with Gray Television.  Gray programming will be returned to the Cox lineup in all the communities we serve that have local Gray TV stations. We appreciate our customers’ patience and support as we sought to reach an agreement.”


WOWT Omaha Off Cox Cable System

Gray Television’s NBC affiliate WOWT Omaha, Neb., went off the air Wednesday on the Cox cable system.The two parties were unable to reach a new retrans agreement by a midnight Tuesday deadline and Cox dropped the station from its television lineup Wednesday, said Vic Richards, WOWT VP-GM. The negotiations are continuing, said Beth Weiss, senior manager of public affairs for Cox Communications’ central region, which includes Nebraska and Iowa.


WDSU, Cox Reach Retrans Agreement

Steve Sawyer, Cox spokesman in New Orleans, and Joel Vilmenay, president-GM of Hearst Television’s New Orleans NBC affiliate WDSU, confirmed that retrans negotiations were resolved without a blackout over the weekend.

Cox Not Interested In Going Public

Cox Communications is not interested in merging with wireless carrier T-Mobile US or rival cable providers, Cox President Pat Esser says, dispelling rumors recently swirling about the private company. Asked whether Cox, the third-largest U.S. cable and broadband company, was considering a merger with one of its smaller cable rivals, such as Charter Communications or perennial takeover target Cablevision Systems, Esser said family-owned Cox was not looking to become a publicly traded company.

Cox Launches Showtime Streaming Service

Cox Communications has launched Showtime Networks’ Internet-video service, which lets subscribers of the premium cabler watch live and on-demand access to programming on a range of devices.

Journal Broadcast Reaches Retrans Deals

It comes to terms with AT&T, Cable One and Cox Communications for stations in nine markets.

Cox Said Mulling TWC Deal, Joining Fray

Cox Communications Inc., the third-largest U.S. cable-television provider, is considering a bid for Time Warner Cable Inc., joining a growing field of prospective bidders that includes Charter Communications and Comcast Corp., a person with knowledge of the deliberations says.

Fox Sports 1 Launch Set With All Operators

Fox announced Thursday that its new national sports network — Fox Sports 1 — is set to bow Saturday with all major cable, satellite and telco TV operators, including late holdouts DirecTV, Dish Network and Time Warner Cable. FS1 will be distributed to about 90 million U.S. households, according to Fox.

Cox And Charter Said To Be Talking Merger

Cox Communications Inc., the third-largest U.S. cable provider, has held talks about combining with Charter Communications Inc., according to two people with knowledge of the matter. Cox President Pat Esser has discussed a deal with representatives from Liberty Media Corp., which owns a 27% stake in Charter, said one of the sources. The structure of a potential deal hasn’t been determined, including which company might be the acquirer, the other source said.

DMA 28

San Diego Newspaper Makes $3M ‘TV’ Play

Daily newspaper U-T San Diego is making an ambitious move into the video space with an all-news TV station — streaming online and running on cable — that will soon run original programming 24-hours per day. The newspaper is hoping its $3 million investment in equipment and personnel will pay off in a big way.


Cox Plans To Drop WPGA From Lineup

Cox Communications officials say they are set to move forward with plans to move ABC on its Macon, Ga., lineup chart from ch. 15 to ch. 6 after winning a legal victory over WPGA, the market’s former ABC affiliate.

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Media General, Cox Reach Retrans Deal

Media General’s WSLS Roanoke, Va., will remain on Cox Communications cable after Cox reached an agreement late yesterday with the station’s corporate owner just hours before a retransmission contract was set to expire.