Hey so what's new about Phillip Swann making predictions. Here's his prediction about VOOM, yet again I have seen this prediction also made by some of our eloquent users. Let's play devi'ls advocate for a minute. If it does happen (which it makes sense), who do you think will buy VOOM - E* or D*. Why will Cablevision sell VOOM?
By Phillip Swann
Cablevision will sell Voom. In the fall of 2003, cable operator Cablevision launched an ambitious new satellite TV service called "Voom." I say "ambitious" because the dish is targeted largely to the HDTV audience. Voom's lineup includes up to 39 different hi-def networks-four times as many as its satellite and cable rivals.
However, although it's growing, the hi-def audience is only around 7 million homes, far too small to sustain a new satellite TV business. Plus, with Voom retailing at more than $700, most hi-def dish enthusiasts will choose DirecTV or EchoStar, both of which offer less-expensive systems.
So I predict that Cablevision will throw in the towel in 2004 and sell Voom's subscriber list to either DirecTV or EchoStar.