News Round-Up (II): Cablevision, CBS, Comcast, Hulu, Charter

--Cablevision's Rutledge Reveals Plans to Offer Linear TV, VOD on iPad and Smartphones
--CBS-Comcast Deal to Include "Greatly Expanded" VOD on Cable and Online, CBS Eyes Hulu Plus
--Charter Launches "TV Everywhere" Trial

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a few days for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers.

  • During Cablevision's Q2 earnings conference call last week, the company's COO, Tom Rutledge, revealed that it is developing IP video applications that will allow customers to view its programming on the iPad, smartphones and other connected devices, and that will also allow customers to navigate through content on their TV sets. However, the apps will work only within the subscriber's home, Rutledge stated. "When you look at an iPad, and you are in a Cablevision household, you’ll be able to get every service we provide--VOD, broadcast television, all of our expanded basic services," he said. "Everything that is part of our cable television service will display on an IP device." Light Reading Cable's Steve Donohue has more.
  • CBS has announced the signing of a 10-year carriage agreement with Comcast which it says will, among other things, provide the MSO with "greatly expanded on-demand access to CBS and Showtime content via their cable and online platforms." In related news: CBS is in talks to bring some of its programs to Hulu's recently launched premium service, Hulu Plus, the broadcaster's CEO, Les Moonves, told Reuters last week.
  • Charter Communications has begun a trial of a "TV Everywhere" service that involves around 10,000 subscribers, according to a report by Multichannel News's Thomas Umstead. While trial participants are all subscribers to Charter's high-speed Internet service, the MSO says that all of its video customers will be able to access the as-yet-unbranded service when it launches commercially.


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