Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Long-Term Debt - Narrative (Details)

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Long-Term Debt - Narrative (Details) - USD ($)
3 Months Ended 9 Months Ended
Apr. 09, 2015
Feb. 17, 2015
Aug. 16, 2013
Sep. 30, 2015
Sep. 30, 2014
Sep. 30, 2015
Sep. 30, 2014
Dec. 31, 2014
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
Proceeds from long-term debt           $ 749,550,000 $ 139,500,000  
Remaining borrowing on line of credit       $ 185,400,000   185,400,000    
Deferred Finance Costs, Net       19,151,000   19,151,000    
Refinancing expense       0 $ 0 4,468,000 $ 0  
Interest payable       29,100,000   29,100,000   $ 18,251,000
Senior Notes 9.125 Percent Due 2020                
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
Interest payable       26,691,000   26,691,000    
Senior Notes | Senior Notes 9.125 Percent Due 2020                
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
Debt issue amount       $ 585,000,000   $ 585,000,000    
Debt interest rate       9.125%   9.125%    
Promissory Note | 9.868% Promissory Note to Ascent Capital due October 1, 2020                
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
Debt interest rate       9.868%   9.868%    
Revolving Credit Facility | Revolving Credit Facility Due 2017                
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
Increase in borrowing capacity of credit line   $ 90,000,000            
Repayment on line $ 49,900,000              
Unused capacity fee for line of credit 0.50%              
Proceeds from Lines of Credit           $ 27,000,000    
Term Loan                
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
Discount on debt purchase price 0.50%              
Extinguishment of debt $ 492,000,000              
Term Loan | Term Loan Due April 2022                
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
Debt issue amount 550,000,000              
Term Loan | Term Loan Due March, 2018                
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
Periodic payments for line of credit $ 1,375,000              
Security Networks Acquisition | Promissory Note | 9.868% Promissory Note to Ascent Capital due October 1, 2020                
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
Debt interest rate     9.868%          
Proceeds from long-term debt     $ 100,000,000          
Interest Rate Swap | Designated as Hedging Instrument | Term Loan                
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
Fixed Rate Paid       5.15%   5.15%    
LIBOR | Revolving Credit Facility | Revolving Credit Facility Due 2017                
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
Basis spread on variable debt 3.75%         3.75%    
Floor on variable debt 1.00%         1.00%    
LIBOR | Term Loan | Term Loan Due April 2022                
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
Basis spread on variable debt 3.50%         3.50%    
Floor on variable debt 1.00%         1.00%    
LIBOR | Term Loan | Term Loan Due March, 2018                
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
Basis spread on variable debt 3.25%         3.25%    
Floor on variable debt 1.00%         1.00%