Charter chief sees "two major players" as future of cable

Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge believes the cable industry is entering an era of consolidation that will eventually leave just "two major players." Rutledge argues that operators will need to join forces to compete with telecom and satellite competitors, control programming costs and power investment in new technologies. On a related front, John Malone, another advocate of consolidation whose Liberty Media has invested in Charter, recommended that DIRECTV and DISH Network merge to take advantage of opportunities of scale.

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