Now Showing: Your PC Content on Cablevision

Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) has launched Optimum Link, a new service that lets customers relay content from their PCs -- even videos from Hulu LLC and Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) -- to their TV screens.

As reported by Multichannel News, Cablevision launched Optimum Link on April 1 on the East Coast; the MSO hasn't introduced any Optimum-branded services to the systems it recently purchased from Bresnan Communications LLC . (See Cablevision Goes Country With Bresnan Buy.)

The Optimum Link service costs $4.95 a month, but it's free for "Optimum Ultra" subscribers. (See Cablevision Debuts 101-Mbit/s Wideband Service.)

The fine print
After a software download, Optimum Link customers can start showing their PC content on their TVs. The service does not support playback of Blu-ray DVDs and some content-protected DVDs. Customers are allowed to stream to channel 641 on one digital cable box at a time, and only one PC can stream at a time. Also, customers can use Optimum Link only on a PC that's connected to a cable modem in their homes.

Why this matters
Optimum Link makes Cablevision more competitive with Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)'s FiOS service, especially following the recent launch of Cablevision's network DVR and its live TV app for the iPad.

Cablevision's approach lets customers enjoy content that previously would have required a special broadband-connected device from Boxee or Roku Inc. Also, it helps consumers get around Hulu's ability to block its content from showing up on TVs. (See Hulu Blocks Hillcrest Again .)

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— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

tonymos 12/5/2012 | 5:07:20 PM
re: Now Showing: Your PC Content on Cablevision

Desktop OS like Windows 7 and newer OSes fro Apple etc are making it seamless to transsion your desktop to Television and youe Teleivion contents to Desktops. Why is this story been written like a big news? It is rather technological yesterday.

Stevery 12/5/2012 | 5:07:07 PM
re: Now Showing: Your PC Content on Cablevision

I'm missing the boat here.  What is this service doing that my DVI-HDMI cable is not?

miles4000 12/5/2012 | 5:07:07 PM
re: Now Showing: Your PC Content on Cablevision

If you already have a cable box connected to your TV, you dont need any other device to make it work. With those other options you need to connect another device to the TV.  But the last thing I want to do now is raise my cable bill.

azderik 12/5/2012 | 5:07:04 PM
re: Now Showing: Your PC Content on Cablevision

I see this technology being used by the less savvy demographics who do not want to go through the myriad of options out there and run cables. $5/mo, turn to a channel and that's it. Simplicity. 

A buddy of mine has FIOS with this feature but I found it disappointing because it allows you to only view certain folders as opposed to the entire desktop.

I see a limitation to this though, I was reading somewhere else that resolution is only 800 x 600.

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