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Cablevision Launches ‘Cord-Cutter’ Packages

Cablevision Systems is launching a series of cord-cutter packages, basically a mixture of high-speed Internet and a digital antenna to grab over-the air networks.

Introductory prices for the service will range from $34.90 per month to $44.90 per month and in some cases including Cablevision’s Freewheel WiFi-only phone service and are specifically targeted at young customers who are increasingly balking at paying high prices for cable TV. Data speeds will range from a basic 5 Megabit per second offering to 50 Mbps. Customers also have the option of adding HBO standalone service HBO Now at an additional charge.

The offerings are different from so-called “skinny TV” packages in that the Cablevision offering includes no cable or broadcast networks at all. Optimum TV is specifically excluded.

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