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Long-Term Debt - Narrative (Details)

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Long-Term Debt - Narrative (Details) - USD ($)
6 Months Ended 12 Months Ended
Feb. 29, 2016
Jun. 30, 2016
Dec. 31, 2015
Debt Instrument [Line Items]      
Long-term debt   $ 1,678,660,000 $ 1,744,647,000
Senior Notes | Senior Notes 9.125 Percent Due 2020      
Debt Instrument [Line Items]      
Debt issue amount   $ 585,000,000  
Debt interest rate   9.125% 9.125%
Long-term debt   $ 577,150,000 $ 576,241,000
Debt instrument, interest rate, effective percentage   9.40% 9.40%
Promissory Note | Promissory Note Due 2020      
Debt Instrument [Line Items]      
Long-term debt   $ 12,000,000 $ 100,000,000
Debt instrument, interest rate, effective percentage 9.868% 12.50% 9.868%
Revolving Credit Facility      
Debt Instrument [Line Items]      
Debt instrument, unamortized discount (premium) and debt issuance costs, net   $ 11,899,000  
Revolving Credit Facility | Revolving Credit Facility Due 2017      
Debt Instrument [Line Items]      
Long-term debt   $ 152,822,000 $ 131,048,000
Debt instrument, interest rate, effective percentage   5.90% 5.90%
Unused capacity fee for line of credit   0.50%  
Term Loan | Term Loan Due April 2022      
Debt Instrument [Line Items]      
Long-term debt   $ 539,896,000 $ 542,420,000
Debt instrument, interest rate, effective percentage   5.10% 5.10%
Term Loan | Term Loan Due March, 2018      
Debt Instrument [Line Items]      
Long-term debt   $ 396,792,000 $ 394,938,000
Debt instrument, interest rate, effective percentage   5.00% 5.00%
Periodic payments for line of credit   $ 1,375,000  
Interest Rate Swap | Designated as Hedging Instrument | Term Loan      
Debt Instrument [Line Items]      
Derivative, average fixed interest rate   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%
Monitronics | Senior Notes | Senior Notes 9.125 Percent Due 2020      
Debt Instrument [Line Items]      
Accumulated amortization, debt issuance costs   $ 7,850,000  
Monitronics | Revolving Credit Facility      
Debt Instrument [Line Items]      
Line of credit facility, current borrowing capacity   315,000,000  
Long-term Line of Credit   154,500,000  
Monitronics | Term Loan      
Debt Instrument [Line Items]      
Debt issue amount   946,909,000  
Monitronics | Term Loan | Term Loan Due April 2022      
Debt Instrument [Line Items]      
Debt issue amount   543,125,000  
Monitronics | Term Loan | Term Loan Due March, 2018      
Debt Instrument [Line Items]      
Debt issue amount   $ 403,784,000  
Parent Company | Promissory Note | Promissory Note Due 2020      
Debt Instrument [Line Items]      
Debt interest rate 12.50%    
Extinguishment of debt, amount $ 100,000,000    
Principal Owner      
Debt Instrument [Line Items]      
Related party, approved principal amount contribution $ 88,000,000