Is Cablevision about to launch a Netflix competitor, too?

With chief James Dolan mentioning unspecified software investments during Cablevision’s first-quarter earnings report Thursday morning, BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield believes the company is on the cusp of announcing a subscription video-on-demand service similar to Comcast’s Streampix.

Can Tom Rutledge bring innovation back to Charter?

Charter Communications picked up one of the hardest-working men in the cable business when it named Tom Rutledge as its CEO. And it couldn’t have come at a more critical time, as Charter faces consumer demand for TV Everywhere and increasing competition from streaming services.

Thanks to cable firms, the U.S. adds 635,000 new broadband subs

Eighteen of the largest cable and telecom companies added about 635,000 net new subscribers during the third quarter of 2011, with a majority of the subscribers – 83 percent or 525,000 – coming from cable companies. This brings the total for the US to about 77.8 million subscribers.

Get ready for the great cable unbundling

The cable industry is pulling an about-face on the issue of a la carte programming, due to expensive content rights and a weakening economy making bundles of network programming unaffordable. As a result, they’re trying to create smaller and more affordable bundles of programming.

Cablevision brings live cable TV to the iPhone and iPod touch

Cablevision subscribers can now watch cable TV on their iPhone or iPod touch, thanks to the company extending the functionality of its iPad app to all iOS devices. However, viewing is restricted to a subscriber’s home, and some cable channels still don’t like the functionality.

Cablevision revs Optimum Wi-Fi speeds up to 15mbps

Cablevision is now offering its cable customers cable modem speeds over its Optimum Wi-Fi network of hotspots, hitting 15 megabits per second down and 4 megabits per second on the uplink. The upgrade is a vast improvement over the previous speeds, which hit 3 mbps down and 1.5 mbps up.

Why Isn’t Wi-Fi Better?

We talk a lot about Wi-Fi offload as the next big thing for mobile operators, but a recent conversation with an AT&T executive put that into doubt. How can we make the reality match the perception of Wi-Fi as this fabulous place for offloading mobile traffic?

Finally, 100 Mbps Everywhere (If You Have Comcast)

It has been a long time coming, but now subscribers in the U.S. can sign up for a 100 Mbps broadband connection. Comcast, the largest cable (and broadband) company announced Thursday that it’s launching Extreme 105 across its entire footprint, which covers 40 million homes.

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Cablevision Board Approves Rainbow Spin-off

After little less than a month of consideration, Cablevision’s board has decided to spin-off its Rainbow programming unit as a separate comp…

Vid-Biz: Comcast NBC, comScore Video Metrix, Cablevision

Today on the Net: Comcast made its case to the FCC that conditions surrounding online video aren’t necessary in its merger with NBCU, Facebook and Hulu both lost viewers in the latest comScore video report and Cablevision’s board agreed to spin off Rainbow Media.

Odd Couple: Cablevision & Netflix Join S&P 500

Standard and Poor’s Christmas present to Netflix and Cablevision came early this year: Both companies have been added to the S&P 500. The reindexing may prove valuable for both companies, each of which is currently struggling for a stable foothold in their respective marketplaces.

News Corp. COO: Broadcasters Need More Money, Or Else

Want to keep local news and major league sports on broadcast channels like ABC, CBS and Fox? Then stay out of our business, and let us make money through higher retransmission fees: That’s the message News Corp. President Chase Carey has for politicians in Washington.

Retrans Fights: Is It Time for Congress to Step In?

Cablevision didn’t settle its retransmission dispute with Fox amicably, saying it would be paying an unfair price for stations its subscribers aren’t interested in. But in the wake of the two-week blackout, it might have gotten a small consolation prize: government intervention in retrans fights.

Sore Loser Cablevision Settles With Fox

The pressure of its subscribers missing out on the World Series may have finally gotten to Cablevision. The cable provider this afternoon announced the return of Fox TV programming to its customers, right before the first pitch of Giants vs. Rangers Game 3 was thrown.

FCC Asks Fox and Cablevision to Tattle On Each Other

The FCC is stepping in on the retransmission dispute between Fox and Cablevision that has left 3 million pay TV subscribers without access to Fox broadcasts in Cablevision households, with a letter from Media Bureau Chief William Lake reminding them to negotiate in good faith.

Vid-Biz: Fox-Cablevision, Time Warner Cable, TiVo Pricing

Today on the Net: FCC chairman Genachowski calls out Fox and Cablevision for spending more time attacking each other than negotiating, Time Warner Cable is building a CDN for distribution of VOD content and TiVo has extended its $20 a month, no upfront cost pricing plan.

What Was Fox’ Hulu Blackout Really All About?

Fox took its conflict with Cablevision over retrans fees to the next level today by briefly blocking Cablevision customers from accessing Fox content on Hulu and The move led to an outcry from consumer rights advocates – but that may have been exactly what Fox wanted.

Vid-Biz: Time Warner, Verizon-Cablevision Patents, Apple TV

Today on the Net: Time Warner will test out a premium VOD service that will cost $20 or $30 between the theatrical and DVD release; Verizon and Cablevision are fighting over set-top software patents and Apple is issuing refunds for expedited shipping on Apple TV.

Cable iPad Apps at the Forefront of TV Everywhere

Cable companies are cautiously making their videos available online and on mobile devices. Now that consumers have a near-infinite number of entertainment choices, online and mobile video included, pay TV providers have to get more strategic about delivering video to devices beyond the television set.

Vid-Biz: Cablevision on the iPad, Viacom Earnings, Tunerfish App

Today on the Net: Cablevision is working on applications that could allow subscribers to watch video on their iPad and other mobile devices, Viacom’s profits surge in the second quarter and Comcast-owned social video firm Tunerfish releases its first mobile app on the iPhone.

Cablevision to Buy Bresnan Cable In Westward Expansion

Cablevision has said it will purchase Bresnan Communications. for $1.37 billion in a bid to move into Western states such as Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Montana where Bresnan has subscribers. Cablevision, the nation’s fifth largest cable operator, will gain 300,000 subscribers as part of the deal.

Time Warner Cable Launches Wi-Fi HotSpots

Time Warner Cable has confirmed that it is launching Wi-Fi hotspots for customers of its NYC RoadRunner broadband service through a partnership with Cablevision. Locations include rail platforms, parks and other commonly used areas.

Cablevision Wi-Fi Cloud Is Getting Easier, Smarter & Busier

Cablevision has soft-launched a new automated sign-in process that allows its customers to log into its Wi-Fi network that covers Long Island and New York City venues like Madison Square Gardens. Result: Average weekly sessions are up from 200,000 per week to over 300,000 per week.

Earnings: Cablevision Swings To Profit In Q3

Cable companies are expected to face a double-edged sword as the economy worsens, the thinking goes: consumers will be staying home more, ma…

Comcast To Launch Fancast Mobile App

Comcast (NSDQ: CMCSA) is getting ready to launch Fancast Mobile, a mobile application which will allow users to watch live programming on yo…

Fox Business: The Future Hasn't Arrived, Yet

Not that this is a surprise to anyone who’s tried to sit through any of the Fox Business shows, but both WaPo and NYT report some viewership…