Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Long-Term Debt - Narrative (Details)

v3.3.1.900
Long-Term Debt - Narrative (Details) - USD ($)
12 Months Ended
Feb. 29, 2016
Apr. 09, 2015
Feb. 17, 2015
Aug. 16, 2013
Dec. 31, 2015
Dec. 31, 2014
Dec. 31, 2013
Jul. 17, 2013
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
Proceeds from long-term debt         $ 778,000,000 $ 169,000,000 $ 630,575,000  
Long-term Debt         1,744,647,000 $ 1,628,790,000    
Remaining borrowing on line of credit         181,750,000      
Senior Notes | Senior Notes 9.125 Percent Due 2020                
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
Debt issue amount         $ 410,000,000     $ 175,000,000
Debt interest rate         9.125% 9.125%   9.125%
Debt Instrument, Interest Rate, Effective Percentage         9.40% 9.40%    
Deferred finance costs, net         $ 8,760,000      
Long-term Debt         576,241,000 $ 574,517,000    
Senior Notes | Senior Notes                
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
Debt issue amount         $ 585,000,000      
Revolving Credit Facility | Revolving Credit Facility Due 2017                
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
Debt Instrument, Interest Rate, Effective Percentage         6.70% 6.70%    
Long-term Debt         $ 131,048,000 $ 68,345,000    
Increase in borrowing capacity of credit line     $ 315,000,000          
Repayments of lines of credit   $ 49,900,000            
Unused capacity fee for line of credit       0.50%        
Line of Credit Facility, Maximum Borrowing Capacity         $ 315,000,000 $ 315,000,000    
Term Loan                
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
Extinguishment of debt, amount   492,000,000            
Term Loan | Term Loan Due April 2022                
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
Debt issue amount   $ 550,000,000            
Debt Instrument, Interest Rate, Effective Percentage         5.10% 5.10%    
Long-term Debt         $ 542,420,000 $ 0    
Term Loan | Term Loan Due March, 2018                
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
Debt Instrument, Interest Rate, Effective Percentage         5.00% 5.00%    
Deferred finance costs, net         $ 9,058,000      
Long-term Debt         $ 394,938,000 $ 885,928,000    
Periodic payments for line of credit       $ 1,375,000        
Security Networks Acquisition | Revolving Credit Facility | Revolving Credit Facility Due 2017                
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
Discount rate on line of credit         0.50%      
Ascent Capital                
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
Proceeds from long-term debt         $ 778,000,000      
Ascent Capital | Promissory Note | 9.868% Promissory Note to Ascent Capital due October 1, 2020                
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
Debt interest rate       9.868% 9.868% 9.868%    
Debt Instrument, Interest Rate, Effective Percentage         9.90% 9.90%    
Long-term Debt         $ 100,000,000 $ 100,000,000    
Ascent Capital | Security Networks Acquisition | Promissory Note | 9.868% Promissory Note to Ascent Capital due October 1, 2020                
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
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%      
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%   3.50% 3.25% 3.25%    
Floor on variable debt         1.00% 1.00%    
Principal Owner | Subsequent Event                
Debt Instrument [Line Items]                
Related party, approved principal amount contribution $ 88,000,000              
Notes payable, related parties, noncurrent, approved $ 12,000,000              
Notes payable, related parties, noncurrent, approved stated interest rate 12.50%