High-Speed Internet customers of both Time Warner Cable and Cablevision will be able to access free, unlimited Wi-Fi services in each other’s New York City metro service areas at designated Wi-Fi zones.
Time Warner Cable and Cablevision are both competing with Verizon throughout the New York City metropolitan area.
“We are very pleased to help mark the launch of Time Warner Cable Wi-Fi by linking our networks and expanding our customers’ access to fast and free wireless Internet, especially as demand for mobile data continues to increase,” said Kevin Curran, Cablevision’s Senior Vice President of Wireless Development.
Cablevision’s Optimum Wi-Fi network, launched in 2008, covers more than 96 percent of Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad station platforms in the New York area. Cablevision’s Online customers can use it for free.
Meanwhile, Time Warner Cable’s Wi-Fi is now available. TWC’s initial WiFi Zones (map) cover eight commuter rail platforms on the Long Island Railroad and four parks in Queens.
Eighteen companies, including Cablevision and Verizon Wireless, are also seeking to offer wireless Internet service throughout the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad systems Optimum Online customers could use the service for free, but those who are not would be charged.
The largest Multiple System Operators in the United States are Comcast, with 24 million video customers and Time Warner Cable with 14.6 million. Both cable operaters plan to offer mobile WiMAX in association with Clear. Cox Communications, the 3rd largest cable operator in the US, with 6.2 million customers, plans to offer wireless cellular service using their own dedicated 700 MHz and AWS frequencies. Cablevision, with some 3 million subs, is the 5th largest cable provider in the USA, with most customers residing in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and parts of Pennsylvania. Charter Communications, with some 4.9 million subs, is the 4th largest cable operator in the United States.
Comcast and NBC Universal, which offers NBC and 10 cable channels (including Bravo, MSNBC, USA and Syfy may merge. Broadcast TV ad spending will reach $46.5 billion this year, and cable and satellite TV spending combined will total $29.5 billion this year, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. By 2013, the furthest out the company forecasts, combined spending is expected to be $73 billion.
While video continues to be watched overwhelmingly on traditional TV screens, mobile and Internet viewership is making cross-platform interactivity part of mainstream media consumption. “Mobile is really ready for primetime,” said NBC Universal Research and Media Development President Alan Wurtzel during a panel discussion on programming, moderated by Multichannel News.