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We knew it was coming, and after over a month of making the formal announcement, ESPN and Cablevision have let it be understood that, as of today, Optimum Online subscribers could now begin appreciating content from ESPN3. Normally, this will deliver a myriad of sporting events from The Worldwide Leader in Sports to Cablevision clients which hold an Optimum web account– tidbits like live occasions and replays of the NCAA Championships, basketball, tennis, golf, cricket and, of course, both types of football. As for the company’s Optimum TELEVISION to Go, it has said that WatchESPN, Watch Disney Channel, Watch DisneyXD and Watch DisneyJunior will certainly indeed be “coming soon” to the solution, though it wasn’t quite clear about just how “soon” that’s going to be.
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Some web purveyors make a huge fuss over having public WiFi. It’s not typically that they go out of their way to help you discover that WiFi, nonetheless, and that’s where CableVision’s just recently uploaded (however merely now recognized) Optimum WiFi Hotspot Finder comes in. If you are among the cable company’s Optimum Online customers, the currently iOS-only application will certainly pinpoint the 35,000 accessibility points that you can call a house away from residence. As we might expect, the application both finds hotspots nearby for an immediate fix or drills down to certain hotspots if you’re just that identified to find a dining establishment with an information pipe. The app and WiFi access are both complimentary– apart from that little matter of the cable account, of course– and will no doubt help iPad and iPhone managers for whom Optimum WiFi’s 15Mbps speed is an oasis in a sea of pokey 3G.
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Imagine for a moment that you are sitting in your front yard in a lawn chair, sipping lemonade while attempting to read the latest news on your WiFi-only iPad. You’re just out of range of your WiFi signal. Your neighbor’s signal is super strong, but that selfish hooligan didn’t leave it wide open for you to leach onto.
Relax. Depending on where you live and who your service provider is, you may be able to use your neighbor’s hotspot regardless of his futile attempts to lock it down someday soon.
A consortium of cable companies (Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable Inc., Cablevision Systems Corp., Bright House Networks LLC and Cox Communications Inc) have agreed to enable the sharing of WiFi hotspots at a grand scale, creating a large region of available signal, in select markets in the U.S.
According to the Wall Street Journal, a single hotspot name and sign on scenario will be used to make it easier for consumers to log in and use available spectrum to surf. It will be a perk for paying broadband account holders in the consortium, but certain providers like Time Warner will let you pay as you go if you like.
I assume there will be measures in place to prevent people from consuming all of the available bandwidth of someone else’s node, but they haven’t explicitly laid out how or when throttling will occur.
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Back in December Cablevision promised its customers that the HBO Go app would be available to its customers “in the next few months.” March definitely qualifies and Verge reader tomance wrote in to let us know it’s now live with a simple click of the “Optimum” option as you sign up. Along with HBO, the cable provider is also offering MAX Go — both of which are available on PCs, iOS devices, Android devices, and Roku. The Xbox doesn’t have an HBO Go app yet, but earlier today it updated everybody by releasing a teaser video (embedded below), and it should be coming on April 1st. Customers should have access to HBO’s back catalog, so there’s no time like the present to get caught up on True Blood before the fifth season begins.
Cablevision Launches iPad App Offering 300 Channels of Live TV
Suddenly, Time Warner Cable’s 32-channel iPad app seems much less controversial. Cablevision has launched a new iPad app called Optimum Live TV, which provides subscribers streaming access to around 300 live channels, with an additional 2000 VoD options available. Subscribers can register three separate iPads to each account, with two available for use simultaneously. According [...]
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Pilot project puts iPads in hands of some Drayton Hall Elementary students
Third-grader Kimberly McCurdy draws a flower on her iPad to illustrate the poem she wrote on the device. She’s learning about nouns, verbs and adjectives while mastering the latest technology, and she’s loving every minute of it.
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Audiolio for iPad is the Ideal Audiobook Companion – Ver. 1.5 Available
Georgia based Escape Velocity Apps today announces Audiolio 1.5, an update to their premier audio bookmarking, recording and note-taking app for iPad. Audiolio is perfect for annotating school lectures, interviews, podcasts, audio books, and more. Easily bookmark locations in all of your audio, and associate notes and images with the bookmarks you create. You can use audio you record in the app …
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Cablevision launches iPad app to watch TV at home
Cablevision Systems Corp is launching an app for customers using its Optimum package to watch television on their iPads at home, the company said on Saturday.
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Amidst Debate, Time Warner Cable Adds More Channels to iPad App
The drama surrounding the Time Warner Cable iPad app continued Friday, with the cable channel adding 16 national and three local channels to its tablet lineup one day after it was forced to pull content from Fox, Viacom, and Discovery Communications.
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Time Warner Cable iPad App Renews a TV Battle
Viacom, Fox Cable Networks, Scripps Networks, and Discovery Communications were said to be minutes from filing suit when Time Warner Cable agreed to remove their channels.
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The new Cablevision iPad app is out, taking on broadcasters (Fox, Discovery, Viacom) attacking Time Warner’s live TV streaming TWCable TV app by offering subscribers the same channels as their iO TV package and video on demand. The Optimum for iPad app also includes the ability to set up DVR recordings, delete recorded shows and browse TV listings, although it doesn’t act as a direct remote for the cable box. The last time Fox and Cablevision squared off subscribers couldn’t watch their shows on Hulu or two games of the World Series which, along with a long battle over network DVRs, suggests the cable company is prepared to dig its heels in deep on this issue. Multichannel News points out subscribers need at least one cable box and internet service from Cablevision to make use of the new app and the TOS states it can only be used within the customer’s residence. Subscribers suitably equipped can grab the app at the iTunes link below, or just check out screens in the gallery.
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Gallery: Optimum for iPad app
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Evidently missing the first two games of the World Series was about all Cablevision thought it subscribers could take, as news just hit the wire: the fourteen-day standoff is over and both tonight’s game three of the World Series and tomorrow’s Jets vs Packers game are available to subscribers. While these carriage disputes are pretty common, it is very rare for channels to be pulled and downright unheard of for a channel as popular as Fox. It came to this because Cablevision was very unhappy about News Corp’s new terms and after many pleas to the FCC and politicians to intervene, an advertising campaign, and eventually an unaccepted offer to match the price that Time Warner Cable pays, a deal has finally been done. Not exactly all’s well that ends well, though, as Cablevision released the following statement: “In the absence of any meaningful action from the FCC, 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.” Talk about sour grapes. Well at least we can hope that Cablevision’s efforts paid off a little bit and your cable bill won’t go up as much as it would’ve if the outage never occurred to begin with. We can hope.
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If you were thinking that you’d just watch your favorite Fox shows on Hulu until Cablevision and News Corp worked out their differences, then think again. Not only can you not watch Fox on Cablevision’s cable service at the moment, but if you get your internet from said company, you can’t watch Fox content on Hulu either. This isn’t too terribly surprising considering the networks see Hulu as a supplemental service to their traditional avenues, but that doesn’t make cord cutters who don’t even subscribe to cable feel any better. The good news is that these disputes don’t tend to last long — they usually never amount to an interruption in service — so you shouldn’t miss too many of your favorite shows before Cablevision gives in and pays Fox $ 1 per subscriber (vs $ 0) like the other providers have.
Update: Hulu PR told All Things D that it “remained neutral” by blocking only Fox content on Hulu, so it’s not like the entire service was pulled. Either way, things may be resolved quite soon, as the publication reports that both Fox.com and Fox programming on Hulu have been switched back on.
And Comcast makes three. Two years after Cablevision started rolling out hotspots in the Big Apple and less than a month after Time Warner joined it, Comcast has gotten buddy-buddy with the pair in their efforts to blanket New York City with WiFi. If you subscribe to any one of their data services, you now get free access to all three, and can use your existing login at any Optimum, Time Warner or Xfinity hotspot across the city. In a press release, Cablevision executive John Bickham said the agreement might be “the first of many.” We wonder if by banding together, cable might one day compete with the telcos on wireless connectivity, the way they now do with home internet and television services. Still, the best laid plans… Full press release after the break.
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