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, valuable local media and programming properties, and movie theatres.
Founded in 1973 as a cable television operator with 1,500 Long Island customers, Cablevision today offers advanced digital television, voice and high-speed Internet services to millions of households and businesses in the New York metropolitan area and throughout four Western states. Cablevision's popular Optimum®-branded communications services include Optimum TV® digital cable TV, Optimum Voice® home phone and Optimum Online® high speed Internet. In the New York tri-state area, Cablevision's telecommunications properties also consist of Optimum WiFi®, the nation's largest wireless Internet network, and Lightpath®, a leading provider of integrated business communications solutions that meets the needs of larger companies.
Through its local media and programming properties, Cablevision delivers content created specifically for the tri-state-area communities it serves. These include Optimum TV exclusives News 12 Networks, an award-winning, local news leader, and MSG Varsity, a suite of television and online services covering high school sports and activities. Providing additional compelling local content is Newsday Media Group, which includes Long Island's leading daily newspaper, Newsday, and the 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.
Also a part of the Cablevision family of companies is Clearview Cinemas, one of the largest film exhibitors in the tri-state area and owner of the famed Ziegfeld Theatre, a popular and historic site for film premieres.
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.