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Review: Cablevision's Optimum for iPad App

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 6th 2011 2:15PM
Optimum for iPadNow Time Warner customers aren't the only ones with the ability to watch live television and On Demand on their iPads -- Cablevision is the latest cable provider to create an app to supplement its normal cable service.

Called 'Optimum for iPad,' the app allows iPad owners to stream live television and On Demand from wherever their home's WiFi can reach -- but hopefully they won't have the same problems with content providers as TWC. As a recent iPad owner, Cablevision customer and all-around couch potato, I felt almost obligated to check it out.

First, the good. This is a terrific app and a tremendous supplement to cable television. It is truly a merger of television and the Internet. You have access to live television and On Demand offerings. You can bookmark your favorite channels and activate parental controls and closed captioning.

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Cablevision and Fox Resolve Carriage Dispute, 'Sopranos' Actress Dies and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 1st 2010 1:35PM
Cablevision logoAfter more than two weeks of a very public feud between Cablevision and Fox, the two companies agreed to a new carriage contract that restored Fox channels to more than 3 million homes in the greater New York area.

It wasn't a happy ending, however. "Cablevision has agreed to pay Fox an unfair price for multiple channels of its programming including many in which our customers have little or no interest," the company said in a statement.

Cablevision had called for the FCC to intervene in the dispute, but when it became clear the government agency would not get involved, Cablevision relented, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In other TV news ...

Denise Borino-Quinn, who played mob wife Ginny Sacramoni on 'The Sopranos,' died Wednesday at 46. She suffered a long battle with liver cancer, her family said. [TV Guide]

ABC Family is developing a series based on the 1998 Nicole Kidman-Sandra Bullock movie 'Practical Magic.' The film was based on a novel about two sisters who are witches cursed with a spell that causes their significant other to die if they fall in love. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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New York Cablevision Customers Will Miss World Series Opener Tonight, Jeff Bridges to Host 'SNL' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 27th 2010 6:45PM
Cablevision logoNew York-area Cablevision customers will not be able to watch the first game of the World Series tonight due to the cable company's ongoing dispute with Fox.

Fox and Cablevision's feud has caused a now-11-day-long Fox blackout among the cable company's 3 million households. Cablevision publicly offered this morning to carry several -- but not all -- of Fox's channels for a discounted rate. "We agree to pay the rate Fox charges Time Warner Cable for carriage of WNYW-Fox 5 New York and WTXF-Fox 29 Philadelphia for a period of one year," the company said in a statement.

However, Fox called the offer "incomplete" and did not accept, the Washington Post reports. "Cablevision's offer -- sent to the press just as it was provided to us -- is yet another in a long line of publicity stunts," Fox said in a statement.

Cablevision is calling for the FCC to intervene.

In other TV news ...

Jeff Bridges will host 'Saturday Night Live' on Dec. 18. The actor, who hasn't appeared on the show since 1983, will promote his new film, 'TRON: Legacy.' [Vulture]

Showtime will launch a video streaming website called Showtime Anytime. The site will be free for subscribers via a secure password, and users will be able to access more than 400 hours of Showtime's programming, including series, movies and sports. [Variety]

The memoir Roger Sterling wrote this season on 'Mad Men' is now a real book. 'Sterling's Gold' will be released on Nov. 16. [Gawker]

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Fox-Cablevision Blackout: The Ugliest Retransmission Fight Yet

by Gary Susman, posted Oct 18th 2010 5:00PM
New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions, Oct. 17, 2010
We've seen a lot of fights over the past 12 months between channels and cable service providers over proposed fee increases, fights that have led to threatened blackouts, and in some cases actual blackouts, of popular event programming.

But no fight this year has gotten as ugly as the current one between Fox and Cablevision, which has resulted in a blackout currently in its third day, a shutoff that has already cost 3 million households in three states the opportunity to watch some much anticipated baseball and football games.

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Court Rules Cable Owned Stations Have to Be Provided to Satellites

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 12th 2010 8:40PM
A gavelOnce again, Lady Justice has struck a blow of freedom and equality for TV watchers everywhere, just the way our Founding Fathers intended (even though they never owned TVs).

A U.S. Appeals Court in D.C. refused to change laws that required cable companies to provide channels they own to satellite carriers on equal terms. Comcast and Cablevision have been trying to overturn the law in open court.

That means that thanks to Comcast's ownership of NBC-Universal, people who watch TV on satellites will have to endure marathons of 'To Catch a Predator' and Keith Olbermann's giant talking head like the rest of us.

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Oscars Score Ratings Gold

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 8th 2010 8:30PM
Jeff Bridges accepting his Oscar for Best Actor for Last night's Oscars may have been a comedy of technical errors, but the returns are nothing to laugh at.

The broadcast of the 82nd Annual Academy Awards scored over 41.3 million sets of eyeballs Sunday night, the highest audience for an Oscar ceremony in five years.

It's even more impressive when you consider that New York, one of the biggest TV viewing markets in the country, couldn't watch the first bits of it because of the ABC/Cablevision blackout.

It's so like the movies; everything turned out all right in the end.

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ABC restored to Cablevision

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 8th 2010 10:05AM
ABCIn a nick-of-time save that was worthy of a movie unto itself, ABC was restored to Cablevision just in time for the Academy Awards. Apparently both sides hammered out enough of a deal for the awards show to be broadcast.

Cablevision customers -- 3.1 million in the New York City area -- got another treat on the same day. To accommodate those that lost their ABC, the company offered free On Demand movies all day. As a Cablevision customer, I was interested in the veracity of the claim and took advantage of that particular offer. Later this month, it will be determined how legitimate that offer was when I see my bill.

So many people were using this freebie that the first few times a movie download was attempted, the system would return an error. This issue stopped once the Academy Awards started.

It seems more likely that Cablevision acquiesced to the demands of ABC given the timing of the channel restoration rather than the other way around. What do you think?

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ABC Returns to Cablevision Airwaves

by Audrey Fine, posted Mar 7th 2010 1:48AM
Good news for Cablevision subscribers: According to the NY Times, the cable provider has reached a deal with ABC, ending a heated dispute that temporarily took WABC off the airwaves.

"We are happy to report that WABC Channel 7 has returned to Cablevision's 3 million New York area homes. We are very grateful to our customers for their support and pleased to welcome ABC back," said Cablevision executive vice president Charles Schueler in a statement, according to the NY Times.

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Cablevision and ABC Disney Feuding in NYC

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 3rd 2010 10:02AM
Cablevision, ABC Disney FeudAnother media outlet and cable company are feuding again. Only this time, some serious collateral damage hangs in the balance.

ABC Disney and Cablevision are in another programming feud with one side threatening to yank the plug out of the wall for the local New York City affiliate WABC. This time, it's over (spins the "Wheel of Media Conglomerate Feud Causes") licensing fees! Man, the wheel keeps landing on that one for some reason. I swear that one of these days, it's going to land on "custody of Jon and/or Kate."

Cablevision executive vice president Charles Schueler said ABC Disney wants an additional $40 million on top of the $200 million they have already forked over to the Mouse House. The veep released a harsh statement against the media giant that said "It is not fair to force Cablevision customers to pay a new TV tax for programming ABC Disney gives away free, both over-the-air and on the Internet. In tough economic times, it is shameful that ABC Disney would hold viewers hostage by threatening to pull the plug, and we urge them to work with us to reach a fair agreement."

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Oscars Held Hostage in Another Cablevision Dispute

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 2nd 2010 12:00PM
Some three million cable subscribers in three states may miss Sunday's Oscar telecast on ABC, thanks to a subscriber-fee dispute between New York's WABC-TV (and its parent company, Disney) and Cablevision over fees the broadcast station wants to collect from the cable service provider.

On Monday, New York City's WABC began telling Cablevision customers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut that it would pull its signal after midnight Sunday morning if a deal isn't reached by then. Cablevision, in return, issued a statement warning customers that ABC now wants to charge for what it used to give away for free, and that Cablevision customers might have to cough up an extra $40 million a year if ABC gets its way.

The threatened blackout follows two similar episodes earlier this year, including one involving Cablevision, but it probably won't be the last, as broadcast networks and basic cable channels are demanding a bigger share of cable subscription fees.

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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."

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Food Network's 'Super Chef Battle' Set to Air on Free TV in NYC

by Chris Jordan, posted Jan 7th 2010 6:12PM
The Scripps vs. Cablevision battle rages on, but at least New York City area viewers will be able to see a battle of another kind this weekend.

The 'Super Chef Battle: An Iron Chef America Event,' which NYC viewers couldn't watch because Food Network and HGTV programs are no longer being carried on Cablevision, will be rebroadcast 8 p.m. Sunday on WPIX-TV, Channel 11, in NYC and WTXX-TV, Channel 20, in Hartford, Conn., both free channels.

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Another battle in the Scripps/Cablevision war

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 7th 2010 8:29AM
Food NetworkScripps Networks Interactive, the company behind the Food Network and HGTV, has gotten an ally in its war against Cablevision. For those unaware, Cablevision dropped Scripps programming due to a disagreement about fees.

There will be an encore presentation of the Food Network's highly-rated program Super Chef Battle: An Iron Chef America Event on the local networks WPIX-TV in New York and WTXX-TV in Hartford, Connecticut. The HGTV special HGTV Dream Home 2010 Tour will also be appearing on WPIX.

One can only wonder if this is the future of television, in which cable channels make deals with networks for encore broadcasts. It would help the networks find cheap programming and there have already been experiments with cable and networks sharing programs (such as Friday Night Lights).

In the end, Scripps and Cablevision will likely come to an agreement, just as Fox and Time Warner Cable did. Now if only Cablevision would start carrying BBC America to make me happy.

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Why You Can't Watch Food Network and HGTV on Cablevision

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 4th 2010 2:30PM
The price battles between TV channels and cable service providers continue. While Time Warner Cable and Fox have called a truce and reached a temporary agreement that allows TWC subscribers to keep watching 'House' and weekend football, the dispute continues between Cablevision and Scripps over fees for Food Network and HGTV, leaving 3.1 million subscribers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut without access to Bobby Flay or 'Design Star.'

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Food Network and HGTV pulled off Cablevision in Northeast

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 2nd 2010 10:31AM
scripps_network_chartRepeat after me, "I want my Food Network, I want my HGTV!" That's what the disgruntled Cablevision subscribers might be shouting soon if Scripps Networks and Cablevision don't reach a deal on fees.

As of 12:01 on New Year's Day, three million TV subscribers in suburban New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were shocked that Food Network and DIY and HGTV and all the Scripps networks were off Cablevision.

I don't know how the corporate folks feel about this kind of negotiation, but as a TV viewer I think it sucks. I used to live in that market and if I was expecting to watch Food Network, I would expect to see it.

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