Cox Communications announced yesterday that its Caller ID to the TV service will launch on Monday in Rhode Island.
Cox said it’s the only cable provider in Rhode Island offering this service, and at no additional cost to customers. Caller ID to the TV is available to Cox customers who subscribe to both Cox digital telephone with Caller ID and Cox digital cable. The capability will be expanded to additional Cox markets later this year.
"Caller ID to the TV is an example of our commitment to the continued evolution and convergence of our communications platforms," said Doreen Studley, vice president of marketing for Cox. "Our customers prefer to bundle voice, Internet and video services from one trusted provider. More importantly, they want these services to work together to enhance their lives."
While other cable operators, such as Time Warner Cable, have had Caller ID to the TV deployed for several years now, Cox’s first deployment of the interactive service was in Oklahoma City in October (story here ).
Time Warner Cable’s Caller ID on TV was first launched in June 2005 in its Columbia, S.C., system, with the second launch in Rochester, N.Y., in September of the same year.
Currently, TWC has Caller ID on TV in more than half of its 23 divisions. TWC developed its Caller ID on TV application internally.
In 2007, Cablevision made Caller ID on TV available for free to all of its digital phone customers (story here ), and then it announced in March of last year that it had surpassed one billion Caller ID on TV messages on its customers’ TV screens (story here ).
Comcast also launched a Caller ID on TV service earlier last year, with Caller ID on PCs slated for release next year (story here ).
Vendor Integra5 has also deployed Caller ID on TV with numerous service providers, as well as Caller ID on PC to both cable and IPTV service providers. Integra5 announced last year that its platform was launched by Liberty Global-owned VTR and with Canadian cable operator Vidéotron.