Bethpage, NY (PRWEB) January 4, 2008
Cablevision Systems Corp. today is recognizing Rush HD as its HD Channel of the Day, as part of the ongoing "45 Days in HD, on iO TV" countdown. Available to Cablevision's iO TV customers on channel 734, Rush HD features the nation's first-ever high-definition channel dedicated to capturing life on the edge with the adrenaline junkies of adventure sports. Transporting viewers directly to the heart of these mind-bending sports - from B.A.S.E. jumping, kayaking and big-wave surfing to snowboarding, rock climbing, free-skiing and more - Rush HD covers the globe to deliver programming featuring one-of-a-kind expeditions into remote, uncharted territories, competitive events with top athletes and highly visual action sports showcases. Offering action-packed images shot by highly-skilled camera crews who follow the athletes - jumping out of helicopters, climbing up cliffs and skiing down mountains - Rush HD is redefining the action genre both technically and creatively, giving viewers the ultimate edge-of-the-seat experience!
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 Rush HD 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. "Rush HD takes viewers to the extreme edge of adventure sports without ever leaving their living rooms thanks to its hair-raising high-definition programming and dynamic surround sound."
Featured Programming For January 4, 2008 includes:
4 p.m., The Lost Wave: An African Surf Story
The sport of surfing has long been associated with Polynesia. However, the question has been asked, what had been happening in the waves on other shores, with older coastal cultures? To find the answer, Sam George--co-writer of the hit documentary Riding Giants, former editor of Surfer Magazine, and longtime surf explorer--leads a first-of-its-kind "surfari." THE LOST WAVE documents the quest undertaken by George and a team of adventurers, as they travel to the wild coast of the Dark Continent to examine the origins of West African wave-riding.
5 p.m., The 2007 Honda Session
Filmed in Vail, CO, this world-class snowboarding competition of rail jam and slopestyle features the best men and women riders in the world. Watch top boarders throw down their biggest and best tricks, with $80,000 in prize money to be won.
8 p.m., Nomads: "Salt Lake City Freestyle Motocross Madness" (World Premiere)
Only a select few athletes have what it takes to be extreme. Find out who they are in the third season of NOMADS and live life on the edge with extreme sports athletes at the top of their games. These adrenaline junkies comb the earth for the most perfect spot, the best competition, and a place to make their mark. When they find it, they don't leave without giving it their all, proving their worthiness to the sport they love. In this episode the OGIO Freestyle Motocross (FMX) team travels to Salt Lake City to train in their facilities for the upcoming Dew Tour.
10 p.m., Hope On The Andaman Coast: A Cliff Diving Expedition
The Thai province of Krabi is considered by many as the paradise of the East, but the wrath of the Indian Ocean Sunami left a wide path of destruction in its wake. Looking to strike a new covenant between man and nature there, three world-champion cliff divers take death-defying leaps from high precipices, hurdle themselves through the air and plunge into the deep blue sea. Watch as the three extreme athletes also become humanitarians as they reach out and help the local people who are slowly heading towards recovery.
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.
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