Bethpage, NY (PRWEB) January 9, 2008
Cablevision Systems Corp. today is recognizing SHOWTIME 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 760, SHOWTIME HD® features the ultimate in home theater entertainment presenting the hottest shows in 1080i high definition--for a picture that's up to five times sharper than standard TV--and Dolby Digital 5.1--surround sound at its best. SHOWTIME HD® delivers every color, every whisper and every detail of the biggest Blockbuster Movies and critically acclaimed Original Series, plus the best in Championship Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts. With sharper, brighter and better pictures that allow viewers to get the most out of television, SHOWTIME HD® is free with a SHOWTIME® subscription.
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.
"Cablevision is pleased to recognize SHOWTIME 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. "SHOWTIME HD® offers viewers a unique blend of hit movies, critically-acclaimed original programming and top sporting events that highlight the revolutionary high-definition home entertainment experience available to iO customers."
Featured Programming For January 9, 2008 includes:
8 p.m., THE L WORD® (Season Premiere Replay)
More Love! More Longing! More Lust! The acclaimed provocative series THE L WORD® returns to SHOWTIME® for a fifth season, and it's in crystal-clear HD. Get ready for all new episodes of shake ups, break ups, hang ups and hook ups in the hottest show known to womankind. Thank goddess, the girls are back and sexier than ever. Cybil Shepherd reprises her role as 'Phyllis Kroll,' and Marlee Matlin returns as sculptor 'Jodi Lerner,' who is engaged in a torrid affair with Bette (Jennifer Beals). Only on SHOWTIME®, Sundays at 10 p.m. ET, or watch it anytime on SHOWTIME On Demand®.
9 p.m., DEEP IMPACT
Oceans rise. Cities fall. Hope survives. Heaven and Earth are about to collide, when a comet is on a course to crash into Earth, and people must cope with the fact that they will die. The President (Morgan Freeman) has devised a plan to keep as many humans alive as possible. Scientists have built giant caves big enough to hold a million people, and the government is going to have a lottery to pick 800,000 people to live in the caves along with 200,000 scientists, artists and doctors.
11 p.m., SHOWTIME® CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING
Catch the replay of the Saturday, January 5 SHOWTIME® Championship Boxing Event when Paulie Malignaggi faced Herman Ngoudjo in an IBF Junior Welterweight championship bout. With just two losses between them, this world title fight was a memorable one. The fast jabs and polished skills of Malignaggi clashed against the hard punching knock out power Ngoudjo.
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, 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.
The L Word®: ©2008 Showtime Networks Inc., a CBS Company. All rights reserved.
©2008 Showtime Networks Inc., a CBS Company. All rights reserved.
Patrick MacElroy, 516-803-1249