Bethpage, N.Y. - Cablevision Systems has introduced a PC to TV Media Relay service that will allow Cablevision digital cable subscribers to relay information, images and digital entertainment content from the PC to their television screens in real time, without any additional equipment.
The service, which will essentially take the place of so-called media bridge devices offered as separate set-top boxes or integrated into various home networking components from CE manufacturers, is said to use only Cablevision's advanced fiber-rich network. The application will enable transferring PC data collected from a hard drive or from a PC connection to the Web, to the television for viewing on a dedicated channel that is accessible only by that customer, Cablevision said.
The cable TV operator said it plans to begin a technical trial of the PC to TV Media Relay by June 2010.
"With our PC to TV Media Relay service, we are putting an end to the need for families to huddle around their laptops or PCs to watch content together," Tom Rutledge, Cablevision's chief operating officer, said in a statement. "This new service will make it easy for our television customers to take broadband services including Internet video, as well as family photos or anything else displayed on a computer screen and move it to the television with the click of the mouse."
"The service will completely eliminate the need to change input settings on the TV, as is the case with most in-home networking alternatives, or to purchase and install expensive additional equipment," Cablevision said in a statement announcing the service. "A simple one-time software download to the computer will enable the PC to TV Media Relay service.