Cablevision launches Hulu on Optimum TV
Optimum is the First Cable Operator to Provide TV Customers With Dedicated Channel Access to Hulu
BETHPAGE, NY, April 7, 2016 – Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) today announced the integration of Hulu into the Optimum TV experience, enabling customers to access the online streaming TV service directly from the Optimum TV interactive program guide on all current-generation set top boxes. With this launch, Optimum is the first cable provider to activate a channel dedicated to Hulu’s vast content library including current season broadcast programming, libraries of classic content, hit movies and Hulu Originals.
The Hulu service can be accessed through Optimum channel 605. Customers who already have a Hulu subscription can seamlessly access the service by tuning to the channel from their HD set top box and signing into their Hulu account. Customers without a Hulu account can access a free trial offer and then subscribe to the service through Optimum by visiting channel 605 or logging in to optimum.net.
The launch of Hulu on Optimum TV is powered by ActiveVideo’s CloudTV StreamCast product, which enables online video content to be delivered to set top boxes in a customer’s home.
“As Hulu’s first cable distribution partner, Optimum is pleased to also be the first provider to offer the unique ability to access Hulu directly from the program guide,” said Tom Montemagno, Cablevision’s executive vice president of programming. “This new delivery of Hulu, facilitated by ActiveVideo cloud technology, provides Optimum customers with a truly unparalleled experience when accessing their cable and Hulu subscriptions from their television.”
“We are thrilled that Optimum customers can now access Hulu’s content library without having to leave their cable TV environment” said Tim Connolly, SVP of Distribution and Strategic Partnerships, Hulu. “We are pleased to partner with Cablevision and ActiveVideo to bring Hulu’s breadth and depth of content and experience to Optimum TV customers.”
“The launch of Hulu on Optimum TV set top boxes, made possible by our advanced cloud technology, bridges the gap between pay-TV and online video services,” said Jeff Miller, president and CEO of ActiveVideo. “ActiveVideo is proud to enable this fully integrated solution for Optimum TV customers who can now seamlessly switch between their cable lineup and their Hulu subscription.”
Last year Cablevision became the first cable or satellite provider to agree to distribute Hulu’s comprehensive catalog of on-demand content to its Optimum customers.
The Hulu channel is currently available in select Cablevision service areas and will roll out across the remaining footprint in the coming weeks.
Cablevision serves more than three million customers in the New York tri-state area with its Optimum-branded TV, phone and Internet services. Optimum TV offers customers access to hundreds of channels and tens of thousands of titles available on demand at all times as well as TV to GO content from more than 170 networks. For more information, visit optimum.com.
About Cablevision Systems Corporation
Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) is a leading media and telecommunications company, serving millions of households and businesses throughout the greater New York area. Providing quality products that keep customers connected, Cablevision offers Optimum-branded digital cable television, high-speed Internet and voice services as well as Optimum WiFi, the nation's most robust WiFi network. Cablevision’s Lightpath subsidiary is a premier provider of integrated business communications solutions for larger companies. Through its local media and programming properties – News 12 Networks and Newsday Media Group – Cablevision also delivers news and information created specifically for the communities it serves. Additional information about Cablevision is available at www.cablevision.com.
Hulu is a premium streaming TV destination that offers hundreds of thousands of hours of the best of current season programming, premium original content, films and full seasons of hit series to subscribers with limited commercials for $7.99 per month or commercial free for $11.99 per month. Hulu is the only streaming subscription service that offers current season content from 5 of the 6 largest U.S. broadcast networks. Since its launch in 2008, Hulu has been at the forefront of entertainment and technology and continues to redefine TV by connecting viewers with the stories they love.
ActiveVideo® is the developer of CloudTV, the only software platform that enables service providers, content aggregators and CE manufacturers to virtualize CPE functions in the cloud for the purposes of delivering online content, advanced user interfaces and interactive advertising for TV to all generations of set-top boxes and connected devices. CloudTV delivers consistent, branded video experiences from the cloud, eliminating the cost and time to market of writing content for multiple device makes and models. ActiveVideo is a joint venture of ARRIS Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARRS) and Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR). The company is based in San Jose, CA with offices in Hilversum, the Netherlands. Visit us at www.activevideo.com or https://www.linkedin.com/company/activevideo; follow us at www.twitter.com/activevideo.
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