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Miles of tiles: Cablevision serves up 9 channels on TV mosaic

Tue, 03/22/2011 - 8:35am
Mike Robuck

Cablevision's digital TV subscribers can go into sensory overload now that the company has launched a free service that lets them watch up to nine channels at once on their TVs.

Cablevision's iO Quick Views feature allows customers to create up to 20 personalized mosaics, each displaying up to nine of their favorite TV channels at the same time.

The personalized Quick Views gives customers the ability to create composite channels based on personal viewing preferences, interests or specific family members. In addition to displaying and allowing one-click navigation to programming, iO TV Quick Views allow customers to see future listings information and schedule DVR recordings.

The feature uses ActiveVideo Networks' CloudTV platform to combine personalization and live video. Cablevision said Quick Views joins the list of more than 25 applications that Cablevision has deployed on CloudTV over the past two years.

iQ Quick Views

"Personalized Quick Views on iO TV transforms the viewing experience by allowing our customers to literally create their own customized channels, providing up to 20 real-time displays of the programming that matters most to them," said Gary Schanman, Cablevision's senior vice president of video product management. "This innovative service, which is not available from any of our competitors, combines the power of immediately being able to see what's on, scan TV listings and even schedule DVR recordings in a simple and easy-to-use interface."

With iO TV Quick Views, customers can pick from more than 140 channels and create mosaics displaying two, six or nine TV channels, with each mosaic viewable on every television in the home. The service includes sample pre-set and consumer-editable mosaics in categories such as news, sports and children's programming.

The feature also allows customers to see what's on now and in the future and instantly select an upcoming program for DVR recording. While viewing the mosaic, the audio of the highlighted channel box is activated, and customers easily rotate the view or tune to the selected channel by pressing the Select button.

In addition, consumers can also use the Quick Views service as a custom channel guide, featuring the entire day's programming from only the favorite channels they have selected.

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