Here's something you don't see every day: A traditional media giant is thriving because it dares to try some new-age content distribution techniques. Refreshing, isn't it?
I'm talking about New York-area cable guy Cablevision Systems
Under this agreement, paying Cablevision iO subscribers can whip out their favorite Apple
You might recognize Warner as the HBO parent who keeps rejecting streaming proposals by Netflix
Cablevision is actually late to the party. Turner's TV Everywhere was originally launched in partnership with Comcast. From the satellite duopoly to Verizon
The truly surprising part of all this is that you don't have to connect that iPad to your sanctioned home network. You can stream Conan O'Brien or The Closer over your favorite coffee shop's Wi-Fi connection or even via 3G/4G mobile hookups while commuting from Jersey to Manhattan.
Convenience is still king, and these guys are getting it right. If the cable industry wants to survive the onslaught of digital media mavens like Netflix and Hulu, this is a textbook example of how to stay relevant.
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