Bethpage, NY (PRWEB) December 18, 2007
Cablevision Systems Corp. (http://www.cablevision.com) today is recognizing HBO 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 750, HBO HD offers an unparalleled viewing experience with a picture that is up to five times sharper than standard TV. Customers with an "HD-capable" or an "HD-ready" television set and an HD set top box can enjoy all the groundbreaking original HBO series, films and documentaries as well as top Hollywood hits presented in awe-inspiring detail.
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.
"Cablevision is pleased to recognize HBO HD as today's Channel of the Day in the '44 Days in HD, on iO TV' countdown," said John Trierweiler, Cablevision's senior vice president of product management. "HBO HD offers viewers an outstanding array of award-winning original programming, top sporting events and hit movies that are helping to re-define the iO TV home entertainment experience."
FEATURED PROGRAMMING FOR DECEMBER 18, 2007 includes:
· 6:15 p.m., X-Men: The Last Stand
Starring Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Kelsey Grammer, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn, Shawn Ashmore, Aaron Stanford, Vinnie Jones and Patrick Stewart. The discovery of an antibody that can turn mutants into normal humans results in full-scale war in this third entry in the X-Men saga. At the core of the controversy is a little boy whose body produces the antibody, and a tycoon whose personal stake prompts him to begin mass-production of this new "cure." But while Professor Charles Xavier and his X-Men are leery but open to the possibilities, the wrathful Magneto and his mutants set out to annihilate every trace of the antibody--using the resurrected Jean Grey (now known as Dark Phoenix) as an unstoppable weapon.
· 8:00 p.m., DREAMGIRLS
The hit Broadway musical comes to the screen in this amazing 2006 film about the rise of a 1960s female super group--and the price that they pay along the way. Winner of two Academy Awards® as well as the Golden Globe-winner for Best Motion Picture--Musical or Comedy, the film stars Jamie Foxx as the group's Svengali-like manager who leads the trio to stardom. Beyoncé Knowles co-stars as the group's gorgeous lead and Eddie Murphy plays a soul singer who gives the girls their first break. Also with Danny Glover, Anika Noni Rose, Keith Robinson and Jennifer Hudson whose searing performance won her the Best Supporting Actress Oscar® and many other awards.
· 10:15 p.m., Final Destination 3
Death makes a bloody date with a new set of unlucky teens in this harrowing horror sequel. This time, a young woman's premonition of a fatal roller-coaster accident saves her life along with several others. But Death will not be cheated and, one by one, the survivors fall victim to a series of elaborately staged "accidents." Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ryan Merriman lead the cast as two of the teens who desperately try to escape their seemingly inevitable fates.
More than 900,000 of Cablevision's nearly 2.6 million iO TV digital cable customers have at least one HD television and HD-capable set-top box. In an effort to facilitate 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, that will allow customers to conveniently sign up for all three of its Optimum products - iO TV digital cable, Optimum Online high-speed Internet and Optimum Voice phone service - at 35 P.C. Richard & Son retail locations in Cablevision's service territory. Cablevision is also providing its leading 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
pmacelro @ cablevision.com
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