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Cablevision might not cover the largest geographic area, but it's actually the 8th largest cable company by number of subscribers. Those lucky enough to have Cablevision TV piped into their homes have a new app to play with today. The Optimum app lets you stream TV and control your DVR right from the device. Of course, you need a compatible phone and those are apparently hard to come by.

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The video streaming feature is remarkably open. Users will be able to stream all their subscribed channels live to the device. OnDemand content can also be called up from within the app. All Cablevision cable boxes can be controlled with the app's remote interface, and recordings can be scheduled and managed on DVR boxes. There's also a handy channel guide with search functionality. The caveat is that the app will only work from within your home network behind a Cablevision modem. This is probably the only way content owners would allow the company to provide such a service.

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This looks like a cool app for Cablevision subscribers, even though the UI is a little unattractive. Well, it would be cool were it not for the awful device support. Almost no Android phones or tablets are currently supported by the app. The Nexus 7, Evo 4G LTE, Nexus 4, Transformer TF300T, and more are all incompatible. If you still have an Epic 4G Touch or a Verizon Galaxy Nexus, the app will happily install on your device.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Wilfredo Alarcon

    "The Optimum app lets you steam TV and control your DVR right from the device."

    *STREAM*

    • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

      It actually can't stream. Since they couldn't get the rights for that they designed it to steam it instead and hope that nobody noticed.

    • JG

      It's healthier if the channels are steamed.... Especially now that they're letting you be a lazy couch potato in more places...

  • mattdonders

    Why does the article mention Galaxy Nexus compatible but screenshot shows otherwise?

    • mattdonders

      FYI it installed on my Galaxy Nexus with no issues from the web version of the Play Store.

      • DanSan

        HI DONDERS <3

    • RyanWhitwam

      Probably the difference between GSM and Verizon Gnex. Don't ask me. Ask Cablevision about that one.

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    Can someone upload the APK with a compatible device? I'd love to give this a whirl :)

    • mattdonders

      Let me know if this works. http://d-h.st/Doq

      • RMKJr

        Tried it on my note ii got a "this Android smartphone is currently not supported" message. Oh well worth a try, thanks.

        • mattdonders

          I have NO idea how they are determining which phones are "compatible" then - that is quite ridiculous. :|

        • blunden

          It sounds like the app contains checks. If you patch those out it probably works on a lot more devices.

      • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

        indeed, it doesn't work, but thanks for the effort anyways, its greatly appreciated ;)

      • Kendoori

        Thanks Matt. I sideloaded on my Galaxy Nexus it and it works. Will try on my Nexus 7 next.

        • Kendoori

          Doesn't work on Nexus 7, but I suspect this is a tablet thing.

      • Kendoori

        I bought an MHL adapter for my Galaxy Nexus and tried running the app with it attached via HDMI. App complains that it will not work with an external display... Wonder if there's a workaround for that? I was able to get this to work from outside my house by setting up a PPTP VPN server in my house. I like the idea of traveling and being able to watch local sports while on the road, displaying on an external HDMI device...

  • QwietStorm

    They FINALLY get around to it and now I can't even use it. Tremendous.

  • heat361

    I waited soooo long for this app and it can't even work on the nexus 7 come on optimum, its a Google nexus device!!!!

  • Mike

    I'll stick to my Slingbox!

  • http://www.williamint.com William Aleman

    It works in my Samsung Captivate.

  • http://twitter.com/jheyneman James Heyneman

    Verizon Galaxy S III seems to be working just fine!

  • Animejay

    Side loaded it on my GSM Gnex.

  • Falconator

    Only select Motorola Droid devices, new Samsung phones and the kindle fire are able to use this. Optimum.net/app

  • wickets

    morons at cablevision....ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

    gnex (vzw) ok, but gnex (gsm) no good. WTF cablevision?????

  • Kam Siu

    @#$(*#!!! i hate optimum. worst service. but i'm force to stick with them since no other company offers a complete package service of tv, internet and telephone

  • falcor87

    Just installed from the play store on the Nexus 4. Loads up to the sign in screen fine but haven't tried to go further yet.

  • Geert

    Tried the new app on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7, HTC Evo View 4G and HTC One V. All do not work. I get the same incompatibility over and over again. A pity. The Kindle version actually worked a bit on my devices. Let's wait and see what's in the pipeline.