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Cablevision to Debut PC-to-TV Relay

by Scott Harris, posted Feb 24th 2010 12:15PM
Subscribers to Cablevision are about to receive a new channel that provides the broadest range of television programming to date: the contents of their own computer.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Cablevision is set to debut a new PC-to-TV relay service that will allow digital subscribers to instantly display computer activity on their television screen without the use of special equipment or hookups. The service, which will be accomplished through a simple one-time software download, is scheduled for a second-quarter trial run.

"We are putting an end to the need for families to huddle around their laptops or PCs to watch content together," Cablevision COO Tom Rutledge said. "This new service will make it easy for our television customers to take broadband services, including Internet video, as well as family photos or anything else displayed on a computer screen and move it to the television with the click of the mouse."Subscribers to Cablevision are about to receive a new channel that provides the broadest range of television programming to date: the contents of their own computer.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Cablevision is set to debut a new PC-to-TV relay service that will allow digital subscribers to instantly display computer activity on their television screen without the use of special equipment or hookups. The service, which will be accomplished through a simple one-time software download, is scheduled for a second-quarter trial run.

"We are putting an end to the need for families to huddle around their laptops or PCs to watch content together," Cablevision COO Tom Rutledge said. "This new service will make it easy for our television customers to take broadband services, including Internet video, as well as family photos or anything else displayed on a computer screen and move it to the television with the click of the mouse."

The system, which the company is calling PC to TV Media Relay, could be a significant development in the relationship between traditional and new media, as it opens new distribution possibilities for streaming video, online gaming and downloadable content for television viewing. And Cablevision promises more to come: The service, which the company expects could be adapted industry wide in the same way its network DVR has revolutionized television viewing, may soon be expanded to include hand-held devices such as iPhones.

Will the service simply be a way to turn your giant HD screen into the best computer monitor ever? Or does this mark the final blurring of the line between television and the Internet and signal a new era of integrated entertainment? Let us know what you think.

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