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The $45 billion Comcast-Time Warner Cable (TWC) merger has been dead for two weeks and talk is already turning to the next deal. But this one has an entirely different flavor, in part because it covers just one market – New York – and in part because it was proposed on stage in the middle of a panel at the Internet & Television Expo in Chicago. TWC head Rob Marcus joked about being “asked out on a date” to deflect the very public proposal made by Cablevision Systems CEO James Dolan, according to Digital Trends. The executive suggested that Cablevision and TWC could partner, rather than compete,... Read more...
Cable companies are faced with a decision as more and more TV viewers cut the cord in favor of streaming -- evolve or become extinct. Only one of those options is enticing, and so Cablevision has gone and inked a deal with Hulu to apparently resell its Hulu Plus subscription service to its Optimum customers. As such, Cablevision becomes the first cable or satellite or TV provider to distribute Hulu. We say "apparently" because the press release Cablevision put out is short on details. The alternative to reselling Hulu Plus would be to offer it as a free service to Optimum subscribers, either as... Read more...
Rather than the fight the movement towards streaming content, Cablevision has instead opted to help TV viewers cut the cord. How so? Cablevision was the first pay-TV provider to offer HBO Now to its broadband customers, and now the Internet Service Provider is offering a couple of Internet-focused Optimum product offerings, including a special "Cord Cutter" package that comes with a complimentary digital antenna for local channels. The Cord Cutter package starts at $44.90 per month (for the first year) and includes the company's Optimum Online Ultra 50 Internet service (up to 50Mbps for downloads... Read more...
Remember that low-cost Wi-Fi mobile phone service we told you about a week ago? Well, it's here -- Cablevision has begun taking orders for its Freewheel Wi-Fi calling and data service, which runs $10 per month if you're a Cablevision Internet subscriber and $30 per month if you're not. Either way, it's an affordable alternative to traditional wireless services, provided you often have access to Wi-Fi. "Cellular was built for voice and Wi-Fi was built for data, which is why Wi-Fi is the preferred choice for data usage today," Cablevision COO Kristin Dolan said in a statement. "Freewheel integrates... Read more...
Cablevision is taking exception to Verizon's claims that its Wi-Fi service is the fastest available, claims the wireless telecom has made in television, radio, and Internet ads. The way Cablevision sees it, Verizon is making "deceptive" claims intended to "mislead consumers," so it went and filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court in Central Islip, New York. "Verizon's claim that it has faster Wi-Fi than Cablevision is false, deceptive, and designed to mislead consumers," Cablevision said. "Verizon has no public Wi-Fi network. In addition, Verizon’s in-home routers are not... Read more...
Watch out wireless carriers, here comes Cablevision with a tantalizing offer that's sure to lure some subscribers away from traditional mobile phone plans. Beginning next month, the cable company will roll out a low-cost mobile phone service called Freewheel that works by piggybacking on millions of Wi-Fi hotspots. The plan includes unlimited talk, text, and data and runs just $9.95 per month for Optimum Online customers, and $29.95 per month for everyone else. Either way, there's no annual contract to lock yourself into, though it does require purchasing a Motorola Moto G from Cablevision for... Read more...
Internet, anyone? If you're cruising over to the Big Apple, the answer is a resounding "yes." Citywide Chief Information and Innovation Officer Rahul N. Merchant, Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Veronica M. White, Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot, Cablevision Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs Lee Schroeder, and Time Warner Cable Vice President of Government Relations for New York City Cathleen Sims today announced the launch of new WiFi service in 32 New York City parks. New Yorkers and visitors can now connect to the Internet for free using their smartphones,... Read more...
If it's not one cable company, it's another. While Big Cable in general has been skiddish when it comes to giving Internet-only subscribers access to certain online content portals, one thing that they've seemed to embrace is Apple's iPad. It's hard to truly pinpoint why that's the case, but it's proving true. Time Warner Cable recently released an iPad app of their own, and now Cablevision is doing something similar. The ISP's new Optimum app allows customers to enjoy "hundreds" of cable channels, VOD, enhanced and searchable guide information right on their tablet, not to mention DVR controls.... Read more...
One of the most public disputes between a media company and a cable company has finally come to a close. For the past 14 days, News Corp. and Cablevision have been battling over license fees. The main problem was the distribution of Fox, a network which hosts many Sunday NFL games, and this week, the MLB World Series. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Fox is obviously a major channel, and a great many of Cablevision's subscribers were missing out on content for 14 whole days. Rarely do these disputes lead to channels being pulled, but Fox actually went black on Cablevision systems for 14... Read more...
There's nothing quite like free Wi-Fi, particularly when you least expect it, and it works quickly. It's sort of like stumbling upon a quarter, but typically it's far more valuable than even that. Last month, Time Warner Cable announced that they would soon be providing free Wi-Fi to New York City customers, and now it seems the offer is being expanded in the Big Apple.Cablevision and Comcast are joining the party, now offering high-speed Internet customers the ability to roam freely across the companies' respective Wi-Fi networks at no additional charge. That's a pretty big deal for NYC consumers,... Read more...