Cablevision Adds Search to TV Listings


search_pr_finalAs we’ve written before, a big problem facing the newteevee world is finding what you want to watch. As millions of video choices become available, the up-down-left-right grid view on-screen guide just won’t cut it. Search will be key to navigating viewing option, and today Cablevision (s CVC) rolled out a new enhancement for its subscribers to do just that.

The cable company’s new iO Search lets its TV viewers type in search terms based on a show’s title, genre, performers, network or other attributes using an on-screen virtual keyboard. iO Search then brings back results from both the linear and VOD options. From there a user can either launch the program if its available on demand, or set the DVR to record it.

iO Search isn’t necessarily revolutionary, but it inches viewers closer to what an electronic programming guide will need to offer and at the same time shows the limitations of current technology offerings — virtual keyboards are clunky and lame.

From the screenshots provided, it looks like Cablevision is offering a keypad based on a phone keyboard, which is smart given how people are already familiar with triple-tap key entry from using their phones. And this could be indication of where Cablevision is headed — tying your mobile phone to your set-top box to use it as a remote control. While smart phones like the iPhone and the Droid are increasingly popular, dumb phones with their standard keypads will still dominate for a while longer.



Another feature taken from the Verizon FiOS boxes. Second, the CV SA boxes have a horrible firmware on it as it is, it is incredibly slow (HD side). And to be honest, I stopped watching TV because of the delay of the SA boxes (and the difficulty of switching channels and pixelation), when I got FiOS, I started watching TV again because the firmware has a smooth interface. Cablevision’s experience is just awful and I am surprised that they don’t do anything; then again, these are the people who claim they have the “most advanced fiber optic network in the nation,” which is a total lie, I am glad the FTC got involved with that one. Second, why is this a big thing that deserves to be in the news? ITS OLD TECHNOLOGY! I hate Cablevison’s PR stunts.

The VideoMakers

This is a clear example of the fusion between television and the internet. Having a search engine for television programming is a great idea. It is just allowing viewers to enjoy an easier watching experience.

Bill Correll

Chris…we at eyecon agree whole heartedly that consumers will increasingly turn to their mobile phones to search, preview and navigate content to their big screen televisions. Not only does the phone provide an ideal input mechanism (vs the remote), it will more readily support social and interactive viewing trends. With IP connected set-tops, DMAs, and televisions becoming the norm, searching thru TV-screen guides and menus for video content will feel like the old rotary channel changer!

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