Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Basis of Presentation

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Basis of Presentation
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2016
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
Basis of Presentation
Basis of Presentation
 
Monitronics International, Inc. and subsidiaries (the "Company" or "MONI") provide security alarm monitoring and related services to residential and business subscribers throughout the United States and parts of Canada. The Company monitors signals arising from burglaries, fires, medical alerts, and other events through security systems installed by independent dealers at subscribers' premises.
 
On December 17, 2010, Ascent Capital Group, Inc. ("Ascent Capital") acquired 100% of the outstanding capital stock of the Company through the merger of Mono Lake Merger Sub, Inc. ("Merger Sub"), a direct wholly owned subsidiary of Ascent Capital established to consummate the merger, with and into the Company, with the Company as the surviving corporation in the merger (the "MONI Acquisition"). On August 16, 2013, MONI acquired all of the equity interests of Security Networks LLC ("Security Networks”) and certain affiliated entities (the "Security Networks Acquisition"). On February 23, 2015, MONI acquired LiveWatch Security, LLC ("LiveWatch"), a Do-It-Yourself home security firm, offering professionally monitored security services through a direct-to-consumer sales channel (the "LiveWatch Acquisition").
 
The consolidated financial statements contained in this Annual Report have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("U.S. GAAP") for all periods presented.

The Company has reclassed certain prior periods amounts to conform to the current period's presentation including the adoption of Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") 2016-09, Compensation--Stock Compensation (Topic 718), Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting. See note 2 Summary of Significant Accounting Policies for the changes in the presentation of those items.