Mediacom is the fifth-largest cable TV operator in the U.S. and this year it is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The Chester, N.Y.-based group serves 1,500 communities scattered across 22 states and is one of the main providers of international TV channels to its 2.5 million subscribers, for a total of 300 international and domestic cable-TV networks.

In the MIPCOM Issue, VideoAge will feature a front-cover story on Mediacom and its founding chairman and CEO, Rocco B. Commisso (pictured above with VideoAge’s editor Dom Serafini at Mediacom’s headquarters).

The feature will explore the future of cable TV in the U.S., its broadband evolution, competition with other service providers such as satellite TV and OTT, the relationship with content providers, concentration and how an Italian immigrant created the largest, family-owned cable TV operator in the U.S. from scratch.

And, as if all this weren’t enough, earlier this year, Commisso purchased the New York City soccer (football) team, Cosmos, which plays in the NASL, or second-tier U.S. league. Commisso is a former football player himself, and his entrance into the U.S. soccer echelons will certainly change the archaic, arrogant and defeatist ways Major League Soccer runs the sport.

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