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Here's a presentation by CV at this conference. It represents the new company (VOOM) as concentrating in HD. There two files and HTML and a PDF. I have not entirely read it yet. This conference just took place today at 11am. The webcast is also available.

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Here are the most interested slides in the presentation:
 

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Here's what James Dolan, President and CEO of Cablevision, said about VOOM at the conference. I am paraphrasing:

Voom is a speculative and venture oriented operation. It is well funded by our programming assests. It is adequately capatilized. It's an investment strategy for those that interested in the new technology (HD). It's a national play venture.

VOOM will allow to reduce Cablevision debt level. It will separate from Cablevision. It will have a distinct management team and a defined focused. In the sky VOOM has a satellite with the latest technology. The new product will be married to Rainbow for the creation of HD programming. We believe, and my father believes, that this technology (HD) will be become very important to the consumer. This distribution model will be and it is the most robust model out there.
 
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Right now, AMC and TWC are in legal battles and this might affect capital coming to VOOM. AMC is one source of revenue for VOOM. It will be interested what happens with AMC. If TWC drops it, it will be a huge loss to VOOM. In effect, anyone (E*, D* or cable) that carries AMC, IFC, and WE becomes source of revenue for VOOM. Since Rainbow is producing all HD content for VOOM, I can see that in the future VOOM will probably sell the exclusive channels for extra revenue to other satellite company or cable. But we are talking future since VOOM wants to set aside from others that provide HD with the exclusivity of the 21 HD channels.
 
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Time Warner Cable Countersues Cablevision's AMC

Here's a report of the litigation with TWC.

By Michael Learmonth

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner Cable, a unit of Time Warner Inc., on Thursday countersued American Movies Classics, claiming that the cable channel owned by Cablevision Systems Corp. broke its contract by not showing enough old movies.

The countersuit is part of an escalating legal spat between Time Warner and Rainbow Media, a unit of Cablevision, as AMC has evolved from a classic film channel into a more general-interest network.

In its filing, Time Warner claims AMC has replaced vintage films like "Beyond Victory" (1931) and "The Adventures of Marco Polo" (1938) with films made in the 1990s like "Alien Resurrection" and original programing like "I Want to Be Clive McClean," the story of a Hollywood filmmaker who turns to porn to pay the bills.

As a result of AMC's repositioning, Time Warner Cable said it had the right to terminate its contract with AMC, or at least renegotiate the rates it pays the network, because "AMC is no longer a classic film service."

The legal imbroglio began in November when AMC, anticipating that Time Warner Cable might drop the network, sued the cable company for $250 million, the estimated value of the current agreement, which was scheduled to end in 2008.

In the suit, AMC charged Time Warner Cable with violating its contract by trying to slash the carriage fees it pays the network. It further claimed AMC was being used as a pawn in other negotiations between Time Warner and Cablevision.

"Their response is just an irrelevant smoke screen in their ongoing campaign to create phony leverage," said a Rainbow Media spokesman in response to the countersuit. "Time Warner Cable is engaged in an illegal attempt to break its contract with AMC."

In its initial suit, AMC said Time Warner Cable Executive Vice President Fred Dressler warned an AMC employee that Time Warner might threaten "termination" of AMC as "leverage" for other negotiations between Rainbow Media and Time Warner.

Rainbow Media executives declined to give specifics about the "other negotiations." However, Rainbow Media also owns WE: Women's Entertainment and the Independent Film Channel, which are carried on Time Warner systems as well.

Time Warner denied that it was using AMC as a bargaining chip for any other negotiations. It said it had simply offered to carry AMC, despite its repositioning, on a month-to-month basis for a lower fee or on a service option with lower viewership.

A Time Warner representative declined to comment on pending litigation.

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It looks like VOOM will remain part of Cablevision until the spin off. This spin off might not happen until 3rd or 4th quarter of 2004.

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"You will not see this company go off on any tangents," Dolan told investors and analysts at the UBS media investment conference in Manhattan. "It's going to stick to its knitting. It will be much more predictable." The "speculative and venture-oriented operation" still part of the company -- it's recently launched Voom nationwide satellite TV service -- is being spun off next year as a separate company with Cablevision founder Charles Dolan as chairman.

The remaining cable company -- the largest in the New York metropolitan area, with 3 million customers -- will focus on cutting debt and achieving free cash flow, the chief executive said. It expects to reach that key measure of profitability for the first time in the fourth quarter of 2004, he said.

Dolan will succeed his father as chairman of Cablevision once the spinoff -- which will also include Rainbow programming division -- is complete.
 

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