Cablevision OMGFAST wireless broadband pushes Roku, Apple TV video services
In a recent example highlighting the convergence of wireless Internet services and home entertainment, Cablevision's OMGFAST wireless broadband system in Florida has expanded its offerings to include Roku Internet video set-tops. OMGFAST subscribers are being charged an additional $5 monthly to lease the devices, which enable delivery of over-the-top entertainment services. Our sister publication FierceCable notes that last September OMGFAST started offering Apple TV set-tops to subscribers ordering its $49.95 monthly broadband service. Cablevision's OMGFAST system in South Florida offers only high-speed Internet and phone service, unlike Cablevision's Optimum cable service in the New York metropolitan area, which offers subscription video programming. Time Warner Cable announced earlier this month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it would allow subscribers to access 300 cable networks through Roku devices. But no major cable MSO has offered subscribers the option of leasing Internet video set-tops from Roku or other providers. For more information, see this FierceCable article.