Cablevision Systems Corporation is a leading telecommunications and media company with a portfolio of operations that includes a full suite of advanced digital television, voice and high-speed Internet services and valuable local media and programming properties.
Founded in 1973 as a cable television operator with 1,500 Long Island customers, Cablevision today offers television, phone and Internet services to millions of households and businesses in the New York metropolitan area. Cablevision's popular Optimum®-branded communications services include Optimum TV®, Optimum Voice®, Optimum Online® high-speed Internet, and Optimum WiFi®, the nation's most robust WiFi network. The company recently introduced Freewheel®, a new low-cost WiFi-exclusive phone service that provides unlimited data, talk and text. Cablevision's telecommunications portfolio also includes Lightpath®, a leading provider of integrated business communications solutions that meets the needs of larger companies in the New York tri-state area, as well as Cablevision Media Sales, which offers regional and local advertisers innovative ways to reach their consumers through the power of television.
Through its local media and programming properties, Cablevision delivers news and information created specifically for the tri-state-area communities it serves. This includes Optimum TV's exclusive News 12 Networks, an award-winning, local news leader. Providing additional compelling local content is Newsday Media Group, which includes Long Island's leading daily newspaper, Newsday, and its popular Web site Newsday.com; as well as amNewYork, the nation's most widely circulated free daily serving New York City; and Long Island's largest publisher of weekly shoppers and community papers.
Cablevision's rich history includes the creation, ownership and operation of Rainbow Media Holdings and its popular television networks from 1980 until June 2011, when it became a separate, public company named AMC Networks Inc. In addition, Cablevision was owner and operator of Madison Square Garden and its properties from 1997 until February 2010, when the sports and entertainment leader became a separate, public company now called The Madison Square Garden Company.