Cablevision's Optimum iPad app offers hundreds of live TV channels to subscribers -- but for how long?

Cablevision's Optimum iPad app offers hundreds of live TV channels to subscribers -- but for how long?

Summary: Seemingly undaunted by the woes befalling Time Warner Cable's live TV iPad app -- numerous cable networks demanding their channels be pulled from the app -- Cablevision has announced its Optimum iPad app, which promises hundreds of channels streamed live to the iPad for subscribers to watch while in their homes.

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Seemingly undaunted by the woes befalling Time Warner Cable's live TV iPad app -- numerous cable networks demanding their channels be pulled from the app -- Cablevision has announced its Optimum iPad app, which promises hundreds of channels streamed live to the iPad for subscribers to watch while in their homes.

While the Optimum app includes some of the features that other apps from pay TV providers offer -- video on demand options, the ability to program DVR recordings right from your iPad -- the fact that it will deliver close to 300 live channels is the most notable. Up to three iPads per household can be used to watch Optimum, though only two can be used simultaneously at any time.

Broadcast networks have complained that cable providers don't have the right to stream their channels over the Internet, including to tablet PCs, and are hoping to get the providers to pony up more money for that ability. Cablevision claims that it uses its Advanced Digital Cable television network and not the Internet to distribute channels to the iPad, and that it is legally permitted to do so under existing agreements with networks.

It will be interesting to see if the same networks that forced Time Warner Cable to yank their channels from its iPad app -- including Fox and Viacom -- will object to Cablevision's approach. Considering that subscribers can only view live TV on such apps within their home, and the fact that watching shows is still a much better experience on an HDTV than a smaller tablet PC display, it's unclear how much these apps are truly hurting networks. The alternative is for consumers to continue bailing out of pay TV subscriptions altogether and finding ways to watch shows over the Internet, which will hurt the networks much more in the long run.

Do you think letting subscribers watch live TV at home on tablets is a major shift in the way we'll consume programming? And is that a good thing or not? Share your thoughts in the Comments section.

Topics: iPad, Hardware, Mobility

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  • This is just a cool app

    I've used the app and it works nicely but there are limitations. 1. there is no video out, so don't expect to use this app as a cable box. 2. you may see what is on your dvr but don't expect to play them (didn't think it was possible anyway). The no video out is big limitation that keeps people from using an ipad as a cable box. Instead optimum wants you to pay that extra 8 9 bucks for a cable box.
    latinob16
    • RE: Cablevision's Optimum iPad app offers hundreds of live TV channels to subscribers -- but for how long?

      @latinob16 I thought the new iPad could mirror anything that's on screen?
      Aerowind
  • RE: Cablevision's Optimum iPad app offers hundreds of live TV channels to subscribers -- but for how long?

    Does anyone know if you can still watch TV online through the TVDevo website service using the iPad? I use if for live and on-demand TV on my Mac, but not sure if they support the iPad?
    kathyweig
  • RE: Cablevision's Optimum iPad app offers hundreds of live TV channels to subscribers -- but for how long?

    totally useless. its better to just watch on an actual TV screen if it only works in the home. would be better if it was available outside of the home and for all platforms and not just iOS.
    Eric12341
  • RE: Cablevision's Optimum iPad app offers hundreds of live TV channels to subscribers -- but for how long?

    The mirror is ONLY with the new digital AV adapter HDMI out thing.
    davidbix
  • RE: Cablevision's Optimum iPad app offers hundreds of live TV channels to subscribers -- but for how long?

    This is a great idea that Cablevision has put out but needs some work. I work for DISH and with DISH you can get the app for iPad as well. The better is that DISH allows the use of your subscription everywhere. You are not just going to be able to use in your home only but out on the road even out of state or country. Find out more on this contact DISH today.
    Joe1DISH
  • RE: Cablevision's Optimum iPad app offers hundreds of live TV channels to subscribers -- but for how long?

    Waste of money.
    james347
  • RE: Cablevision's Optimum iPad app offers hundreds of live TV channels to subscribers -- but for how long?

    I think you shoulder send more information about how it work I be in a school up untill 5:30 IWould like her music or look at videos or see tv
    ellen lee