Cablevision this week announced that they've beefed up their network DVR offering to add more storage and increase the amount of simultaneously recordable streams. According to a company announcement, Cablevision's Optimum Multi-Room DVR (formerly dubbed DVR Plus) now provides users with three times more storage: 300 hours of SD storage or 75 hours for High Definition (up from 100 & 25, respectively). Cablevision says they've also increased the number of possible simultaneous recordings to ten. With the changes comes a price hike for the service too, the company charging $13 a month -- up from $11. Cablevision fought a long legal fight against broadcasters
who tried to block the service claiming it violated copyright (only to turn around and attack Aereo for using the same legal argument
Last year Cablevision started promoting a new fixed wireless and phone service in parts of Florida
they called "OMGFAST
." The product provided downstream speeds of up to 50 Mbps downstream for $30 a month through a Cablevision subsidiary. The Multichannel Video Data Distribution Service (MVDDS) technology Cablevision used employed microwave transmitters that beam signals to subscriber rooftop antennas. The product never had many subscribers (just 1,600 as of last January), and now it appears Cablevision is shutting the service down
. The writing was on the wall when Cablevision sold most of their MVDDS spectrum to Dish last fall.
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Netflix began ranking the quality of video streaming performance for each of the nation's largest ISPs. HD streams have variable bitrate but can potentially top out at around 4800 kilobits per second, and the data, gleaned from 36 million Netflix members who view over 1 billion hours of TV shows, provides a bird's eye view by ISP of sustained throughput available from a given ISP over time.
Anonymous sources tell Reuters
that Time Warner Cable has reached out to both Cox and Cablevision concerning potential mergers, though that same source insists that neither companies are willing to sell just yet. The source states that Time Warner Cable would rather expand through additional acquisitions than be acquired by Charter, something John Malone (who now has a 27% stake in Charter) is rumored to be highly interested in
. Rumors of a Time Warner Cable acquisition of Cablevision have long been an industry mainstay, though those rumors have intensified of late due to some struggling at Cablevision
alongside heavy executive reshuffling.
Cablevision appears poised to offer their Optimum Online broadband users a suite of new speed boosts, based on insider gossip in our forums
. According to people claiming to be familiar with the upgrades, Optimum Online Basic will be seeing a speed bump from 15/2 to 15/5 Mbps.
The cable industry today announced that their creatively named joint "CableWiFi" initiative now offers access to more than 150,000 hotspots if you're a paying customer of Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Bright House Networks, or Cox Communications. That number is up from the 50,000 offered just last year. The initiative piggybacked initially on the back of Cablevision's idea to deploy free Wi-Fi to paying customers across NYC commuter regions. Users simply have to look for the CableWiFi SSID and log in with their cable credentials. Time Warner Cable offers this hotspot location map
, as well as a Wi-Fi finder app available both via Google Play
or the iTunes store
Cablevision's quarterly earnings
this week indicated that the company posted a net loss of $16.1 million for the quarter, while also seeing a drop in video revenues and a quarterly loss of about 4,700 customers. The company did add 23,000 broadband and 23,000 Internet voice subscribers on the quarter, increasing those customer totals to 2.8 million and 2.3 million, respectively. Cablevision insists that a large part of their problems relate to continued Sandy recovery, and that they still haven't been able to contact many of the customers hit hardest by the storm last fall. Cablevision's continued struggles come after a stretch of high profile executive departures from the company
, which have also been accompanied by renewed rumors of a possible sale
Cablevision was the first of the major cable operators to deploy Wi-Fi as a free added bonus to customers, paying $300 million to upgrade to DOCSIS 3.0 and deploy hotspots all along NYC commuter zones. The company this week announced that Optimum Wi-Fi is now available to some 75,000 hotspots across the NYC Tri-State area. "Using Optimum WiFi can help reduce dependence on overpriced, slower, and constrained cellular data networks and mobile data plans that come with steep overage charges," insists Cablevision. According to Cablevision, more than a million customers have connected to their Wi-Fi network, which provides users with 15 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream.
Rumors of a Cablevision sale to someone like Time Warner Cable have long been a centerpiece of broadband industry gossip, but those rumors appear to be gaining some serious momentum. Cablevision executives have been leaving the company in a steady stream
since last year, including marketing's Jonathan Hargis, President John Bickham, and COO Tom Rutledge, who left to become Charter CEO.
Cablevision's network DVR, which stores content remotely but has faced legal battles from the entertainment industry since 2006
, is finally starting to see some meaningful deployment. Speaking on their earnings call last week, Cablevision stated that the offering is now available to the "vast majority
" of the company's New York, Connecticut and New Jersey core footprint. The $10.95-per-month remote storage option provides users enough space for 24 hours of HD content or 100 hours of SD content. Cablevision says the system currently supports 10 million recordings and more than 3 million playbacks per week.Update
: Some of our readers say Cablevision's being very generous with their definition of the phrase "vast majority," since some are being told nobody in New Jersey can currently get the service.
Cablevision's latest quarterly earnings
were released yesterday, with the company taking a bit of a beating related to repairs from hurricane Sandy. According to Cablevision, 60% of the company's New York area customers had services disrupted, and the carrier had to repair more than 450 miles of damaged cable at more than 16,000 locations. Thanks partially to the storm and destroyed homes, Cablevision lost 50,000 TV subscribers on the quarter, on top of losing 5,000 broadband customers and 10,000 voice customers. That's the first time Cablevision has posted a quarterly net loss for broadband subscribers in the company's history.
In what's an interesting twist to the usual retransmission fee fisticuffs, Cablevision today sued Viacom, alleging that the company is violating antitrust law by force-bundling channels. The lawsuit is just the latest scuff up in an industry that utterly refuses to lower prices or offer channels a la carte -- and refuses to let anyone else do so, either. story continues..
After several significant delays, the entertainment industry and most of the nation's largest ISPs are set to launch their "six strikes" graduated response anti-piracy efforts starting today. Sources familiar with the plan timetable have told both Daily Dot
and Torrent Freak
that six strikes starts today, and a new Center for Copyright Information website
run by the entertainment industry appears to have been freshly launched for the occasion (see new video, below).
Cablevision has joined DirecTV
in charging a new "sports surcharge" that places the costs of offering regional sports networks into a below-the-line fee. The new $2.98 a month fee will begin showing up on subscriber bills beginning in April.
Back in 2011 the FCC began collecting real-world user broadband data from customized routers, then issuing reports on which ISPs were failing to deliver advertised speeds. It's one of the few FCC policies in recent years that has truly paid dividends for consumers. story continues..
Charter has announced
that the company will be buying Cablevision's "Optimum West" territories for $1.625 billion in cash. The 300,000 customers in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah have only just seen the paint dry on their last sale, from Bresnan Communications to Cablevision
for $1.37 billion just two years ago. Charter beat back companies like Suddenlink and Time Warner Cable who were also interested. "Optimum West is an ideal fit for Charter and we anticipate an efficient integration process," said Charter CEO Tom Rutledge.
Cablevision has filed suit against the Communications Workers of America, claiming the union has been making "patently false and defamatory claims" about the company's broadband services in New York City. According to a Cablevision statement
, the CWA has repeatedly made claims that Cablevision service is slower in Brooklyn than in other parts of the company's footprint.
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