Cablevision launches mobile video apps from ESPN, Showtime
Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) said Wednesday its Optimum subscribers can access the WatchESPN and Showtime Anytime mobile video apps on smartphones and tablet computers and customers with a Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Xbox 360 will be able to navigate ESPN content on the gaming console.
The TV Everywhere rollouts follow multiplatform carriage deals Cablevision signed in recent months with ESPN parent Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS), which owns Showtime. In September, Cablevision added several CBS series to its free video-on-demand programming lineup, including Big Bang Theory and Hawaii Five-O.
WatchESPN and Showtime Anywhere are available on Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone and iPad and smartphones and tablets that run on Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android platform. The rollout to Cablevision subscribers could help it compete with Verizon (NYSE: VZ), which offers the Showtime and ESPN apps to its FiOS TV subscribers.
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