Cablevision Releases Optimum app For iPad; Turns It Into Your Personal TV


Cablevision, the 8th largest cable company in the US with more than 3 million subscribers in New York alone, has released Optimum app for iPad, which allows their customers to watch approximately 300 live channels and video on demand (VOD) on their iPad.

It turns iPad into a personal television at home. It also allows users to control their iO DVR.

Tom Rutledge, Cablevision’s chief operating officer said in a statement:

This application allows the iPad to function as a television, delivering the full richness and diversity of our cable television service to a display device in the home.

It gives our customers the additional flexibility and convenience of watching television throughout the home, in places where set-top boxes might not be ideal or even practical, like the kitchen, bathroom or work room.  This is the future of Advanced Digital Cable televisions served with virtual set-top boxes, and just one of many digital displays we are going to be serving through a variety of applications.

As you may know Time Warner, which is the second largest cable company in the US with 12.4 million subscribers had to remove some channels from its TWCable TV iPad app as content providers such as Discovery Communications, Fox Cable, and Viacom want to charge users for watching content on the iPad.

But Cablevision believes that it has the right to distribute programming over its cable system to the iPad under its existing distribution agreements with content providers as the content is not delivered over the internet.

Cablevision uses its secure and proprietary Advanced Digital Cable television network to deliver cable programming to customers for viewing on the Optimum App for iPad, and content is not delivered over the Internet.  The application turns the iPad into an additional television, enabling Cablevision customers to view the same live programming and VOD content already being delivered to other TVs in the home as part of the service they have paid for.  Cablevision has the right to distribute programming over its cable system to iPads configured in this way under its existing distribution agreements with programming providers.

It will be interesting to see how the content providers react to Cablevision’s iPad app.

If you’re Cablevision customer then you can download the iPad app for free from the App Store using this iTunes link.

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[via PR Newswire]

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  • Rockin Robbie


  • Yes. I’m Crazy

    To bad Dish doesn’t have an app like this.

    • sam

      Dish was the first one to have TV on the iPad .
      Check out dish remote access or Slingplayer .you need to have the 922 or a 722 with sling adapter


    Are Apple going to take 30% of the cable subscription fee?

    • Apple only collects if there is a charge for the App (as far as I know). If the app is free apple does not collect a percentage.

  • Klas4life

    Well so far it didn’t work ..I got home and signed in to my network and tried the app again and it tells me to be on home network…don’t know what’s up..

  • G00r

    It says that content is not delivered over fhe Internet and that you have to be a subscriber of cablevision’s cable service. I dunno bout you, but I had never heard of them before so I safely assumed this app was not for me.
    Am I super smart or are you not so… bright?

  • fas

    When will this come to the ipHone.

  • hxclos

    “Advanced Digital Cable television network” In other words, the Internet.

  • Hemingway23

    I got the app yesterday after reading this article. I used it all day yesterday and today without any issue. Its very cool and the picture quality is great.

  • Pete

    Version 1.0.1 kills vnp usage.

  • Tim

    Will the app work outside of my house. Meaning my email behind another cable modem? The app is great. Not an issue yet in two nights of messing with it.