HD VOD Is Cablevision's HD Channel Of The Day, As Part Of The Company's Expanded '45 Days in HD, on TV(SM)' Countdown

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Ongoing salute to excellence in HD programming recognizes each of the 45 high-definition services iO TV customers receive at no additional cost.

Cablevision Systems Corp. today is recognizing Hi-Def On Demand as its HD Channel of the Day, as part of the recently expanded "45 Days in HD, on iO TV" countdown. Available to Cablevision's iO TV customers on channel 700, Hi-Def On Demand features popular films, including unique titles originally seen in IMAX theaters that viewers can pause, fast forward and rewind any time they want, presented in the stunning HD format. Additionally, titles can be watched repeatedly for up to 24 hours from initial purchase.

During the countdown, Cablevision is recognizing each of the 45 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 HD VOD as today's Channel of the Day in our ongoing '45 Days in HD, on iO TV' countdown," said John Trierweiler, Cablevision's senior vice president of product management. "Cablevision was a pioneer in launching HD VOD which offers viewers full control over their selected titles and is an important feature of the iO TV high-definition experience."

Featured HD VOD titles include:

  •     Transformers

Two intergalactic races of robots, the Autobots and the evil Decepticons, crash land on earth where they battle for the ultimate power source: Energon, leaving the future of humankind hanging in the balance. And the only person who can save the planet from certain annihilation is a teenage boy.

A live action version of the original Transformers TV series

  •     Knocked Up

After an intoxicating evening, and several pregnancy tests, a slacker and a career girl find themselves in the family way.

  •     Spider-Man 3

When his Spidey suit is mysteriously altered, Peter Parker's already formidable powers are greatly enhanced and his darkest impulses unleashed. Starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.

  •     Shrek the Third

When Fiona's dad develops a fatal illness Shrek is supposed to take the crown but Shrek doesn't want the responsibility. So Shrek, Fiona, Donkey and Puss set out to find Artie aka King Arthur-- the proper heir, who has rejected kingship -- and turn him from a snotty, rebellious punk into a grateful prince. Meanwhile, Prince Charming, Fiona's jilted bridegroom, gathers up a parade of history's most famous fairy-tale nasties, including Captain Hook and others, and incites them to storm the castle and seize the throne by force. But Fiona and her mother, Lillian, have a trick up their sleeve: an army of fairy-tale heroes and heroines, including Lancelot, Snow White, and Cinderella, who will fight the invading onslaught.

Cablevision was also the first multi-channel television provider in the nation to offer high-definition video on demand (VOD), and more than 30 continually refreshed HD VOD titles are available anytime for $4.95 each, the same price as their standard definition movies, which includes full control over the viewing experience with the ability to pause, fast-forward and rewind. A high-definition cable box and HD-ready television set are required to view high-definition programming.

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 that passes 4.6 million homes and hundreds of thousands of businesses in the New York metropolitan area.. 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, 45 high-definition programming services and groundbreaking interactive television applications including News 12 Interactive.

About Cablevision:
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


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