Cablevision just made its iOS device more powerful. In April the company released an iPad app that allows the streaming of live television broadcast to the device, and this week the company announced subscribers will also be able to use any other iOS device, such as an iPod Touch or iPhone to watch live TV.
The app includes a couple of upgrades. Subscribers can control their cable box-connected TVs via the app, allowing them to change channels, volume and look at the guide. In addition the app can be used while you're away from home to program DVRs.
As before, the app will stream live content only if it's within range of your network. Also, customers don't need to subscribe to the Optimum Online service. Cablevision said it will provide a special cable modem for video-only customers to access the apps.
Cablevision said that the cable box and two iOS devices can independently receive different channel streams and the Video on Demand service. That’s welcome news for those who don’t want to pay the extra monthly fees for additional cable boxes. The iPad 2, iPhone 4 and iPod Touch (fourth generation) can easily be plugged into any HDMI-equipped TV with an HDMI cable, which usually goes for less than $40.
Viacom is suing Cablevision for streaming its content (MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central) on the iPad, claiming Cablevision doesn't have rights to it. Cablevision has refuted the lawsuit, saying that the new service "falls within our existing cable television licensing agreements with programmers, including Viacom."
Cablevision, Newsday’s parent company, also said it plans to release Android, Mac and PC versions of the video-streaming and remote-control applications.
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Above, Cablevision's iPhone app