Bethpage, NY (PRWEB) December 13, 2007
Cablevision Systems Corp. today is recognizing Equator HD as its HD Channel of the Day, as part of the ongoing "44 Days in HD, on iO TV" countdown. Available to Cablevision's iO TV customers on channel 728, Equator HD explores the world's most intriguing people and places with intelligent travel, nature and cultural programs. Hear people of the world in their own words, and visit extraordinary landscapes that speak for themselves.
During the countdown, Cablevision is recognizing each of the 44 high-definition services iO customers receive at no additional cost, including all nine local professional sports teams in HD. Unlike its satellite and phone company competitors, Cablevision does not impose additional fees and charges on customers who want to "see" in HD.
"We are pleased to recognize EQUATOR HD as today's Channel of the Day in the Cablevision '44 Days in HD, on iO TV' countdown," said John Trierweiler, Cablevision's senior vice president of product management. "EQUATOR HD brings to life some of the world's most unique and culturally diverse regions with a rich high-definition picture and dynamic surround sound."
Featured Programming for December 13, 2007 includes:
· 8 p.m. LA MEUSE
A portrait of the river Meuse detailing its geological, industrial and cultural history.
· 9 p.m. SMART TRAVELS: ITALY VENETO & DOLOMITES
Share a night at the opera in Verona's Roman arena, admire Giotto's colorful frescoes in Padua and visit Palladian villas in Vicenza.
· 9:30 p.m. THE WORLD HERITAGE
Experience a unique and perilous glacial landscape where Buddhists and Christians have preserved ancient rites.
· 10 p.m. PENNY REVOLUTION (World Premiere Episode)
A new series, showing how a small amount of money can transform the lives of the more than one billion people who live below the international poverty line, earning less than $1 a day. The magic formula is known as microfinance, a revolutionary method of funding projects in the developing world, considered by many experts to be the world's most effective anti-poverty tool. Penny Revolution demonstrates how an average loan of $100 can spur the economic transformation of a struggling third-world community.
The series profiles borrowers in rural Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Ecuador, as well as the wealthy benefactors who make their dreams a reality, including New York Mets General Manager Omar Minaya. Born in the Dominican Republic, Minaya understands - perhaps better than most - how the right skills, training and support can be the tickets out of the poverty that afflicts the underprivileged. Minaya's commitment to raise funds for Esperanza International, a charity whose mission is to free children and their families from poverty and restore their self-worth, puts him in contact with a Dominican mother who dreams of starting a business to support her family and hopes for careers in baseball for her children.
Cablevision's high-definition line-up has more than doubled over the last year, and the company has the capacity today to deliver hundreds of channels of high-definition programming over its fully-deployed fiber optic network. More than 900,000 of Cablevision's nearly 2.6 million iO TV customers have at least one high-definition television and HD-cable set-top box in the home.
In an effort to drive consumer awareness and continued adoption of HDTV, Cablevision recently launched a retail partnership with P.C. Richard & Son, the New York metropolitan area's leading consumer appliance and electronics retailer, which allows customers to conveniently sign up for all three Optimum products - iO TV digital cable, Optimum Online high-speed Internet access and Optimum Voice phone service - at 35 P.C. Richard & Son retail locations in Cablevision's service territory. Cablevision is also providing its award-winning digital cable service to more than 30 store locations, so customers can experience the best in high-definition programming while they shop for a new HD television set.
Nearly 83 percent of Cablevision's cable customers are iO TV digital cable customers, the highest digital penetration in the nation. iO TV offers customers access to more than 360 channels, including 53 premium movie channels, 48 channels of commercial-free digital music, more than 1,800 titles available on demand at all times, an interactive programming guide, 44 high-definition programming services and groundbreaking interactive television applications including News 12 Interactive.
Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) is one of the nation's leading entertainment and telecommunications companies. Its cable television operations serve more than 3 million households in the New York metropolitan area. The company's advanced telecommunications offerings include its iO: Interactive Optimum® digital television, Optimum Online® high-speed Internet, Optimum Voice® digital voice-over-cable, and its Optimum Lightpath integrated business communications services. Cablevision's Rainbow Media Holdings LLC operates several successful programming businesses, including AMC, IFC, WE tv and other national and regional networks. In addition to its telecommunications and programming businesses, Cablevision owns Madison Square Garden and its sports teams, the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. The company also operates New York's famed Radio City Music Hall, and owns and operates Clearview Cinemas.
Patrick MacElroy, 516-803-1249