Takings its cue from the success of VUDU, Roku, and Boxee, Cablevision is developing a new PC to TV Relay service which will provide a dedicated channel for customers to serve up computer content to their TV. The service connects a home PC to a TV using a set-top cable box and can display Internet content including Hulu, media files stored on the computer, and local documents like email, spreadsheets, etc. The service routes the content through Cablevision’s network where it is piped back down through the cable box and displayed on the TV via a secured channel that is unique to each customer. This service is targeted at the technology challenged customer as most savvy computer users already have a laptop with HDMI and know how to route computer content to their TV without Cablevision’s help. Windows users can jump on board when the service is launched as a technical trial in June while Mac owners will have to wait for the Mac version of the software to be completed. This seems like a pretty decent attempt at bringing computer content to the living room as the hardware is already in place. Any takers? More →
Honestly, we absolutely love it when a company ignores its instincts along with the onslaught of advice from its PR firm and talks, err, smack. Despite what some flacks may tell you, people want to hear it like it is and sometimes PR-ified nonsense does more harm than good. Then again, sometimes the opposite is true. Like this time, for instance. Verizon has publicly responded to Cablevision’s new $99 Optimum Ultra 101Mbps residential Internet service in much the same manner a preteen with a hand-me-down Sega Genesis would respond to one touting a brand new Xbox 360. If you’d like to forgo reading Verizon’s response, here are the key points found within:
- Cablevision’s network is old.
- Delivering 101Mbps is easy.
- If a few people in the same neighborhood are heavy Ultra users, it will rip a hole in the space time continuum
- People don’t want fast Internet service
- Verizon can offer speeds waaaaaaay faster than 101Mbps — we just don’t want to
- Optimum Ultra’s upstream is 15Mbps and we offer 20Mbps [in the $150/month package]
- Most servers you hit on the Internet are way slower than 100 Mbps
- Cablevision just wants bragging rights
- Nanny nanny poo poo
While there is a valid point or two buried deep within the ‘we’re better but we choose not to be’ cries, the bottom line is that this was the wrong approach to take. Wrong. Verizon first contends that there is no demand for faster Internet service in the home, then concludes with the canned “the future is gonna be faaaaaast” claim. Well, Verizon, the future isn’t going to be fast unless service providers take incremental steps toward making it so.
If you’re a Cablevision subscriber with a need for more bandwidth, you’re in for a real treat. Like, you might need to change your pants. Just announced a few seconds ago is Optimum Online’s new Ultra service. This takes their existing Boost service to a whole new level. Want to know how fast? How about 101Mbps downstream and 15Mbps upstream. Fast enough? Well, it’s now the fastest residential internet service in the entire country. Even better is the fact that come May 11th, the Ultra service will be available to every single Cablevision subscriber across their entire service area. You might be wondering what the pricing will be on this… it’s going to be available for $99 a month. Existing subs are paying around $60/month for Boost at 30Mbps/5Mbps and Verizon’s FIOS service is around $150/mo for 50Mbps/20Mbps — seems incredibly fair right? Think of all the DiVx movies, applications, games you could...
Hey Verizon, you just got pooped on.
Cablevision’s Optimum Online service recently announced that its subscribers have connected and used their free Wi-Fi access points over 1,000,000 times. Pretty amazing, actually. We got a heads up they are offering free Wi-Fi on all of their Wi-Fi hotspots across their service area (NY/NJ/CT) to subscribers of its Optimum Online internet service. At a time with so many consumer Wi-Fi applications and services like T-Mobile’s Hotspot@Home, the new Skype iPhone app and more, it’s quite an enticing offer. So if free Wi-Fi is the sort of thing that floats your boat, be sure to hit up the read link for an interactive network coverage map. We don’t think you’ll be disappointed with the very generous coverage.