As expected, Cablevision has ditched carriage of the VOOM networks, replacing the high-def channels with content from the big three premium programmers.
The New York-area MSO said it is serving more than 1.3 million HD customers, penetrating 50 percent of all its digital TV households, the cable operator said. Cablevision said it is delivering access to 70 high-def channels, along with an expanding library of video-on-demand titles that are in HD.
With the elimination of the VOOM channels, Cablevision is providing customers with access to HD channels from HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz and Encore.
The VOOM channels from Rainbow Media, Cablevision’s programming arm, were first launched with the VOOM DBS service, controlled by Cablevision, early in the decade. That small dish platform was eventually shut down, and the satellite capacity was acquired by DISH Network, which agreed to carry the VOOM networks in its lineup. DISH dropped the VOOM channels last year, and Rainbow Media elected to stop the high-def service in December.