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Cablevision to trial 'personal TV channel' for subscribers

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 24 Feb 2010 4:58 User comments (4)

Cablevision to trial 'personal TV channel' for subscribers Cablevision is set to trial a new concept service in New York, where it serves 3 million homes. A household with both Cablevision Internet access and cable television services will be able to take part. Basically, the service will use your Internet connection to stream pretty much anything from your computer screen to your television, delivered as your own personal TV channel through your cable.
Titled PC to TV Media Relay, Cablevision is offering the service to customers in an attempt to provide innovative and useful solutions for home media consumption as sites like Hulu become more popular. In order to use the service, a user only needs to install software on a Windows-based machines. Cablevision will market it as enabling online viewing on a television with the push of a button.

Pricing for the service has yet to be decided, and users of Macs will be included as soon as software for the platform is developed. The move follows a service from Comcast called On Demand Online, launched last year to offer cable programming to subscribers of both Comcast Internet and cable TV services.

"Linear video will, no doubt, continue to exist, and even to thrive, but broadband will by then almost inarguably be the core business for the cable companies," Bernstein Research analyst Craig Moffett said, referring to how the cable sector will change over the next 10 years.

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4 user comments

124.2.2010 6:36

This is great news for me, I should be able to review it when it starts.

224.2.2010 13:17

If they are going to charge for it count me out, i can watch my PC on my TV as of right now for free.

325.2.2010 1:41

Whats funny is people have been asking for the ability to purchase individual channels for eons, not be forced into buying tiers of them. Technology has forced their hands.

425.2.2010 11:28

Originally posted by vontratt:
Whats funny is people have been asking for the ability to purchase individual channels for eons, not be forced into buying tiers of them. Technology has forced their hands.
Even better, it's illegal to force you into these bundles to get specific channels, and multiple lawsuits and fines have been imposed because of the forced sale of these tiers. However, it's just a show, and the cable companies still use that model because the tiny and uncommon fines aren't enough to deter them.

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