Here’s our weekly wrap-up of news from the electronics, entertainment and technology industries. For more of the latest tech news view our dedicated Tech News category.
FOX Sports Go mobile app adds FOX Soccer Plus channel Soccer and rugby fans have something …
Cablevision and CBS have announced a multi-year, mult-platform deal that includes the over-the-top (OTT) internet-based services CBS All Access and SHOWTIME. For Cablevision customers, it means they won’t necessarily have to subscribe to television service through Cablevision, only high-speed internet.
Just in time for Season 5 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Cablevision announced they would be offering the soon-to-launch HBO NOW service, an over-the-top streaming product that will provide subscribers with all-access to HBO programming — just as if subscribed …
Cablevision subscribers now have access to two additional sports channels from Anthem Media Group, including Fight Network and FNTSY Sports Network. Cablevision Optimum TV subscribers can also get both channels when connected to Wi-Fi via the Optimum App for …
DirecTV subscribers as well as Cablevision customers, won’t be able to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup through WatchESPN enabled channels. Why? Because neither TV subscriber supports DirecTV doesn’t support the ESPN service. This means anyone with a Roku, Apple …
Cablevision subscribers with the Optimum TV to Go service can now get the Disney channels Watch Disney Channel, Watch Disney XD and Watch Disney Junior streaming live or On Demand. The ‘to Go’ service lets subscribers watch content on Apple iOS devices such as the iPad and iPhone, on Cablevision’s TV to Go website, or through Disney online services. The iOS apps (available for free through the Apple store) also include a kid-friendly mode and parental controls. You can find the free apps by doing a search for “Optimum” or “Optimum for Ipad” in the Apple Store or iTunes.
Cablevision and HBO have partnered to offer HBO GO and MAX GO to iO TV customers who subscribe to HBO and/or Cinemax. The new agreement between the two companies means that subscribers will soon be able to access HBO and Cinemax content on a PC, Apple iPad, iPhone, or iTouch device, as well as supported Android tablets and smartphones. Cablevision didn’t give an exact date, but indicated the added service would roll out in the next few months.
It’s been a long time coming but finally Verizon FiOS TV customers in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut areas will soon be able to get MSG HD. Verizon says both MSG and MSG+ are “ultimately expected” to be offered to customers in high-definition mid-December — although no exact date was given. For sports fans, that means local New York Knicks, Giants, Rangers, and New Jersey Devils games among other regional teams will be available to watch in HD.
Cox Communications and Cablevision subscribers can now get 3D titles on-demand from Starz Entertainment. Current 3D VOD titles available for viewing include Alice in Wonderland, Disney’s A Christmas Carol, Green Hornet, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Step Up 3, Tangled, and Toy Story 3. The 3D titles are, of course, only viewable to subscribers with a 3D TV, 3D glasses, and HD set-top box. You may also have to contact your service provider to enable 3D viewing for your account. Upcoming 3D titles from from Starz include Tron: Legacy and Gnomeo & Juliet.
Time Warner Cable customers in New York still don’t have NFL Network, after talks between the two parties failed to reach an agreement. Sports Business Daily reported inside sources don’t believe there will be a deal made this year, which means TMC customers won’t get NFL Network’s first live game this season when the Oakland Raiders play the San Diego Chargers on November 10.
In New York, FCC orders Cablevision to provide high-definition feeds to competitors.
Great news for sports fans in the New York area. Yesterday, the FCC ordered Cablevision to start providing HD feeds of its MSG and MSG+ sports channels to competing service providers. That means that Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse subscribers will finally be able to get high definition feeds of MSG Network (Madison Square Garden Network) games including the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres, and New York Giants, among other teams.
Cablevision has added FOX Soccer Channel and FOX Soccer Plus both in High-Definition (HD) for subscribers. FOX Soccer Channel is available on channel 142 as part of the iO TV digital programming package, and FOX Soccer Plus is available on channel 461 for iO Sports Pak subscribers.
In case you missed any HD news last week, here’s a wrap up of the more significant stories we came across. Of most significance, FOX finally made some deals with Dish Network and Cablevision to get their channels back on the air, although not without controversy.
Cablevision, who has been blocked from broadcasting the World Series due to disputes with FOX over carriage fees, says it will credit customers $10 per monthly bill for two cycles for the price of watching the games on MLB.com. The …
Cablevision subscribers won’t get World Series on FOX
To both companys: How can you not give Americans the World Series? Seven days into a carriage dispute blocking Cablevision subscribers from FOX programming the network urges them to “purchase an over the air antenna now.” Lame. Read More
AT&T has re-filed it’s complaint against Madison Square Garden (MSG) and Cablevision over rights to high-definition (HD) feeds from the regional sports networks. AT&T contacted MSG about the feeds to MSG HD and MSG Plus HD after an FCC ruling said “denying access to terrestrial nets is presumptively unfair and deceptive, and treats HD nets as separate services from the standard-definion feed.”
Univision HD and Telefutura HD channel have been added to Cablevision’s free iO TV high-definition lineup today. According to the company, the Spanish-language channels have been added to all markets, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and parts of Pennsylvania.
Did Hulu rip its name off?
A Canadian company called Hulavision is suing Hulu and NBC Universal on the grounds that its business model and name were stolen. The Canadian company claims it had confidential meetings about Hulavision which NBC Universal was to keep confidential. Read Story
Gearing up for the first live 3D sports broadcast in the US, Cablevision has announced licensing of the stereoscopic RealD Format. The RealD tools will be used to provide tonight’s Rangers vs. Islanders hockey game at Madison Square Garden, a landmark event which will be available to Cablevision subscribers in the Tri-state area with a 3D HDTV and HD service.