“This has been the number one request from our customers, who are now averaging almost 400,000 sessions per week over Optimum WiFi, a number we expect will continue to grow as more people discover automatic sign in,” said Kevin Curran, Cablevision.
Bethpage, NY (PRWEB) January 25, 2010
Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) today announced that Optimum WiFi has deployed a new “Automatic Sign In” feature that makes using the nation’s largest, most advanced WiFi network easier than ever. Now, users can sign in to Optimum WiFi just once, and their WiFi-enabled device will automatically connect to the network at any of the thousands of locations where Optimum WiFi is available in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Optimum WiFi enables all Optimum Online customers to take their Internet connection “to go” in commercial and high-traffic locations across Cablevision’s footprint by delivering free wireless Internet access.
Customers who connect to the Internet through Optimum WiFi will be prompted to register their device directly from the sign in page. Additionally, customers can manually register any WiFi-enabled device from their home computer at http://www.optimumwifi.com. The manual registration option allows a new class of WiFi-enabled products to use the network - devices without web browsers - such as digital cameras, the Nintendo DS and other portable gaming devices. Users can register up to four different devices per Optimum User ID, and have the ability to “name” each of them to differentiate multiple devices attached to the account.
“This is a significant milestone in the continuing development of Optimum WiFi. The addition of an automatic sign in option has been a feature we have been anxious to deploy, because it makes accessing the network easier and faster than ever before,” said Kevin Curran, Cablevision’s senior vice president of wireless development. “This has been the number one request from our customers, who are now averaging almost 400,000 sessions per week over Optimum WiFi, a number we expect will continue to grow as more people discover automatic sign in.”
Since introducing the automatic sign in enhancement late last year, average weekly sessions on the Optimum WiFi network, the nation’s largest WiFi network based on geographic coverage, have nearly doubled, from approximately 200,000 to almost 400,000 today.
Optimum WiFi is broadly available in outdoor locations like downtown areas, parks and other high-traffic and commercial destinations across Cablevision’s New York, New Jersey and Connecticut service areas, and at select indoor locations including Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. The network spans thousands of access points, including outdoor availability at almost all of the Long Island Railroad, New Jersey Transit, and Metro North railroad platforms and parking lots in Cablevision’s service area. More information on Optimum WiFi, including detailed coverage maps, is available at http://www.optimumwifi.com.
Since its launch in September of 2008, Optimum Online customers have accessed the Internet more than nine million times for free over Optimum WiFi, and are averaging close to five million minutes online every day over the network. Offering downstream speeds of up to 3 megabits-per-second (Mbps), Optimum WiFi is more than twice as fast as many expensive cell phone data plans that can cost upwards of $100 per month.
Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) is one of the nation's leading media and entertainment companies. Its cable television operations serve more than 3 million households in the New York metropolitan area. The company's advanced telecommunications offerings include its iO TV® digital television, Optimum Online® high-speed Internet, Optimum Voice® digital voice-over-cable, and its Optimum Lightpath integrated business communications services. Cablevision operates several successful programming businesses, including AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv, through Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, and serves the New York area as publisher of Newsday and other niche publications through Newsday Media Group. In addition to these businesses, Cablevision owns Madison Square Garden and its sports teams, the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. The company also operates New York's famed Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, and the Chicago Theatre, and owns and operates Clearview Cinemas.