Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) has launched its Optimum App on select Android devices, extending the reach of a platform that delivers the MSO's live TV lineup to tablets and smartphones that are within reach of the subscriber's home Wi-Fi network. The app, already supported on the iOS platform, the Kindle Fire and PC Web browsers, also lets customers use the devices as fancy remote controls and manage DVR settings.
Ensequence Inc. and Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE) have struck a multi-year deal to offer clickable banners, trivia, games, polls and other interactive apps on connected Sony TVs, in the latest attempt by a TV maker to squeeze more revenues out of the boob tube. The deal calls for Sony to embed Ensequence's platform software on all Sony connected TVs starting in the first quarter of 2013. Sony will also offer the software, which uses auto content recognition (ACR) technology to trigger the apps, as an update on its 2011 and 2012 TV models.
Universal Sports Network is relocating its production and broadcast operations from Southern California to corporate cousin's Comcast Media Center (CMC) in Centennial, Colo. Universal Sports, a multi-screen "destination for Olympic and endurance sports programming," will be fully operational at the CMC at the start of 2013. The move will create 44 new jobs in the area, said the network, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners LP.