Cablevision strikes deal to offer Hulu streaming services

Cablevision Systems Corp. struck a deal with Hulu to offer the Internet television service's on-demand content to its Optimum customers, the first pay-TV company to do so.

Bethpage, New York-based Cablevision did not provide pricing or say when the service would become available. It has more than 3.1 million customers in the New York metropolitan area.

The deal comes a week after Cablevision announced that it is offering an Internet package that includes a digital antenna for TV service. That is aimed at so-called "cord-cutters" who detest pricey channel packages. The company will offer HBO's stand-alone streaming service.

"There is a new generation of consumers who access video through the Internet, and whatever their preference, Cablevision will facilitate a great content experience," Kristin Dolan, chief operating officer at Cablevision, said in a statement.

While the move is unlikely to win back customers who've already cut the cord, it could help retain those who are on the fence about leaving cable and opting for Internet TV services such as Hulu or Netflix. If it's successful, larger cable companies such as Comcast—which co-owns Hulu—or Time Warner could follow suit.

Hulu offers full libraries of series such as Empire, South Park, CSI, Nashville and current season programming from five of the six top broadcast networks. Hulu subscribers currently pay $7.99 per month. The company is owned by The Walt Disney Co., Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. and Comcast Corp.

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Apr 29, 2015
That will be the end of the domination of our television sets by the sports monopolies. And may result in better programming if dollars can go to the deserving bringers of service to us, like what the Discovery Channels once were before the dearth of money drove them to dreck. I got sick and tired of subsidizing overbloated greedy sports mega monopolies to the tune of almost 200.00$US per month only to see all the other networks and shows, starved for money by the unlimited avarice of the sports cartel, go to broadcasting how to shoot hard drugs so our children could learn to be worthless addicts simply by watching TV, or glorifying crooked 'pawn/loan sharks' to teach our kids to cheat and steal, or propagandizing for police state values with unending trashy 'cop' shows. They even turned the 'Animal Planet' network into a 'cop show'. I cut them off and saved 2,400,00/year inasmuch as streaming networks only cost 8$US/month. For that 8$US I can watch ANY StarTrek episode, anytime.

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