Cablevision Systems Corporation is a leading telecommunications, media and entertainment company. Cablevision's portfolio of operations includes a full suite of advanced digital television, voice and high-speed Internet services, publishing and interactive media, world-renowned entertainment showplaces, professional sports teams, and popular national and regional programming networks.
Founded in 1973 as a cable television operator with 1,500 Long Island customers, today Cablevision operates the nation's single largest cable cluster, passing more than 4.7 million households and 600,000 businesses in the New York metropolitan area with its state-of-the-art fiber-rich network. This world-class system connects residential and business customers in the country's top market to Cablevision's Optimum®-branded communications services: iO Interactive Optimum® digital television, Optimum Online® high-speed Internet and Optimum Voice® digital voice. In addition, Cablevision's Optimum Lightpath® meets the communications needs of larger companies as a leading provider of integrated business communications solutions. The company's telecommunications system also delivers the award-winning News 12 Networks, a local-news leader and iO exclusive.
Cablevision's signature New York assets include some of the nation's most popular entertainment and sports properties. Chief among these is Madison Square Garden, "The World's Most Famous Arena" and the backdrop for the biggest names in music. The Garden is also home to three professional sports teams, the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. Cablevision's other celebrated showplaces include the famed Radio City Music Hall, which features stage productions, concerts and the renowned Radio City Rockettes; and the legendary Beacon Theatre, which provides an intimate setting for musical artists and comedians; and the historic Chicago Theatre, which offers an array of events, concerts and stage productions. MSG Entertainment, another arm of the Garden, produces live exhibitions and events nationwide. In addition, the Garden oversees two award-winning regional sports and entertainment television networks, MSG and MSG Plus, as well as Fuse, a national music network.
Through its Rainbow Media Holdings subsidiary, Cablevision delivers quality programming and original content to hundreds of millions of consumers. Rainbow Media's national program networks - AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv - are among the country's most watched and recognized cable channels. As a leading producer of targeted programming, Rainbow Media creates and manages compelling content for multiple platforms, including high-definition networks. Additionally, through its IFC brand, Rainbow Media operates one of the first multi-faceted entertainment programming businesses featuring film distribution, production and exhibition divisions.
Adding to Cablevision's content portfolio is the company's Newsday Media Group subsidiary, which publishes Newsday, the leading daily newspaper serving Long Island with comprehensive local news, information and advertising. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper and popular Web site, Newsday.com, Newsday Media Group includes amNewYork, the nation's most widely circulated free daily serving New York City; Star Community Publishing, the Northeast's largest group of weekly shopper publications; and a variety of targeted lifestyle magazines.
Cablevision's assets also include Clearview Cinemas, one of the largest exhibitors in the tri-state area and owner of the famed Ziegfeld Theatre, a popular and historic site for film premieres.
With this diversly unique portfolio, Cablevision continues to advance the company's industry-leading products, programs, entertainment and content offerings to meet the needs of its customers.