Cablevision's PC-to-TV plan: Is it enough to keep cable?

pc-on-tvNew York-area cable provider Cablevision announced today that it has developed a “PC to TV Media Relay” system that would wirelessly display content from its users’ computers to a dedicated channel on their TV screens. Cool! Just…like all the other ways to get stuff from your computer onto your TV, including but not limited to Boxee, other HTPCs, or just plugging the two into each other. Cablevision’s system theoretically has the advantage of being a simpler way to connect the two devices, and unlike Boxee, you should be able to watch iTunes content with their service as well (which is a pretty big deal, especially as Apple is now toying with a lower-priced $0.99-an-episode model). However, Cablevision’s plan has the disadvantage of, well, requiring that you have cable — it only works if you have both Cablevision cable and Cablevision Internet. Quite simply, Cablevision is in the business of making sure you don’t drop your cable TV subscription when you discover you can watch just about anything online, while other HTPC outfits are in the business of just gettingĀ content on your TV.

So, PopWatchers, does Cablevision’s plan seem like best of both worlds (cable and Web content on your big TV screen), or does it just sound like having to pay one bill too many? Who’s already unplugged the cable from their TV and taking an Internet-only approach?


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  • NDorado

    Cablevision stinks. Go with satellite television, a much better value.

  • Dominick

    I have AppleTV and it does the same exact thing

  • Rob

    I absolutely loathe Cablevision–the worst company with the worst customer service I’ve ever dealt with. I dropped them and switched to DirecTV over a year ago and I have absolutely no regrets or intentions of ever dealing with them again.

  • Jerry

    I live in Louisville, KY. We have Insight as our cable provider. I thank God for this every day.

  • Branr

    1 month ago, I canceled cable, and haven’t looked back. I now catch 95% of all the shows I watched previously on the internet. I hooked an output from the video card of my computer to my home theater system, so basically it’s the same as cable without the cost OF cable. There are some caveats: some network websites have the annoying habit of dropping from fullscreen to regular screen when showing a commercial, and NOT going back to fullscreen afterward; some shows have a delay of a week before airing an episode (what’s the point? A day or even 3 I could handle, but a week is ridiculous); the picture quality on some network sites is sub-HD (in this day and age?); and a few networks don’t even AIR some series (looking at YOU, BBC America).

    On the other hand, some shows allow you to watch a 45-90 second commercial at the beginning of the episode, and then watch the rest ad-free; commercial breaks are only 30-seconds long; and you can watch the shows at any time, instead of having to DVR the show.

    A $25 video cable is saving me about $100 a month.

  • Ben

    Another option: Try LoggTV.com for TV and music

    • Branr

      Sorry, but not going to download ANYTHING to my computer without more information then that site lists. No reviews, nothing anywhere but tons of comments (like above) mentioning it.

  • KS

    I have all my services through Cablevision. I’m glad to hear they are doing something like this. Could work well for all of its customers.

  • austyn

    Comcast’s Xfinity Line looks promising, and i have great internet speeds, to utilize my apple tv. And i had direct tv they were horrible, tired FIOS was even worse with getting things fixed. So far Comcast has been pretty superior, especially now you can watch premium channels online with their service

    • JC

      Totally agree with you! When I lived in Connecticut I had Comcast and they were awesome and far superior to other providers in the area.

  • JC

    I have cablevision and can’t say I have any complaints. I know of a bunch of people who left cablevision and went to Fios who are now returning to cablevision b/c Fios does not have local programming and since it is not everywhere on Long Island, the service kind of sucks! As for Direct TV…I had that in my old house and since cablevision has HD boxes and prgramming I see no reason to switch other than DirectTV’s really cool football package.

  • Erika

    That is definitely the company that is completely deceptive, especially to its broadcast clients… they charge the clients for multiple operators for channel transmission and then have only 1 employee working in each control room!

  • maul2525

    Cablevision is AWFUL! FIOS is 10x better – product, customer service, quality, etc. I really don’t understand how customers stay with them.

  • Jackie

    I’ve never had any huge complaints besides crappy customer service (like the operator who told me I should get a life outside of tv), so this is pretty exciting. With one of the better HD lineups and free movie tickets every week, you could do worse.

  • manoj kumar

    see the zee sports channel see channel number 509 on big tv

  • vmjway

    Two phony companies trying to appear
    customer friendly. Cablevision’s claim that they are cost sensitive towards customers is misguided. I have the basic family package and lost at least twenty channels ovet the last two years. My cable bill wasn’t reduced. Instead they gave me Long Island sports channel. What a joke. Cable suggested that I upgrade to get the missing channels. As long as we in Long Island continue to think that viewing every TV is a must then these cable companies will continue to raise their prices and lessen their service.

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