Bethpage, NY (PRWEB) January 10, 2008
Cablevision Systems Corp. today is recognizing Cinemax 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 770, Cinemax HD features exclusive Hollywood premieres and the biggest variety of movie hits, making Cinemax the premier movie destination. Cinemax offers the most movies and fewest repeats on premium TV*, with 98% of Cinemax's primetime programming schedule offered in True-HD.
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 honor Cinemax 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. "The extensive Cinemax library of hit movies and critical favorites shown in brilliant high-definition is a great example of the quality HD programming iO customers enjoy."
Featured Programming For January 10, 2008 Includes:
Barbarian. Destroyer. Get a double helping of Conan on Thursday, January 10th, with "Conan the Barbarian" and "Conan the Destroyer" - starting at 7:45 pm.
CONAN THE BARBARIAN
Brutal combat and heroic deeds highlight a fantasy trip backward to prehistoric times. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as Conan, the popular comic-book hero, battles evil and performs Herculean feats of strength and bravery. James Earl Jones plays his archenemy. Also stars Sandahl Bergman, Max Von Sydow and Ben Davidson. Directed by John Milius. Rated R
CONAN THE DESTROYER
The barbaric warrior Conan returns in a spectacularly produced adventure of swordplay and sorcery set in a time long past. When Conan accepts a challenge to find a gem that unleashes secret powers, he encounters monsters and wizards, and battles ruthless barbarians to the death. Disco diva Grace Jones plays a fiery lady gladiator, basketball great Wilt Chamberlain is a threatening assassin, with Mako again playing a clever sorcerer and Sarah Douglas (TV's "Falcon Crest") as the evil ruler of the realm. Directed by Richard Fleischer. Rated PG
Additional programming highlights include:
10 a.m. - PRIMARY COLORS
A presidential campaign for a Southern governor with a shady past meets challenges and opportunities on the trail in this political drama. Governor Jack Stanton (John Travolta) is a smart and likeable presidential candidate, but Stanton is also not without his flaws -including possible philandering that leaves his campaign staff with extensive damage to control along the way. Emma Thompson co-stars with Billy Bob Thornton, Adrian Lester, Maura Tierney, Paul Guilfoyle, Larry Hagman and Kathy Bates. Directed by Mike Nichols, screenplay by Elaine May, based on the novel by Anonymous. Rated R.
12:30 p.m. ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN
Animated ice-age creatures Manny the Mammoth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger, Sid the Sloth and frustrated acorn-chaser Scrat the Squirrel face their biggest challenge yet: global warming. With their glacier habitat turning into a water world, the animals set a course towards potential salvation - an ark of sorts that lies at the other end of the valley. Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary and Queen Latifah head up the all-star voice cast in this hilarious animated sequel. Directed by Carlos Saldanha, story by Peter Gaulke and Gerry Swallow, screenplay by Peter Gaulke, Gerry Swallow and Jim Hecht. Rated PG.
2 p.m. - THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
Nominated for seven Oscars® in 1994, including Best Picture! Based on Stephen King's novella, this acclaimed drama stars Tim Robbins as a soft-spoken banker unfairly convicted of murder in 1947 and sent to prison for life. Morgan Freeman plays a fellow inmate who befriends him - and comes to learn a thing or two about hope from the young man. Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows and James Whitmore co-star. Written and directed by Frank Darabont, based on the short novel "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" by Stephen King. Rated R.
4:30 p.m. - THE HITCHER
Next stop: the cemetery. A homicidal hitchhiker thumbs his way across the American Southwest leaving a bloody trail of human roadkill in his wake in this harrowing remake. While tormenting a young couple, mild-mannered maniac John Ryder (Sean Bean) litters the desert landscape with corpses and lays waste to local law enforcement. Can the plucky teens put a stop to the rampage? Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton and Neal McDonough co-star. Directed by Dave Meyers, screenplay by Eric Red, Jake Wade Wall and Eric Bernt, based on the 1986 film written by Eric Red. Rated R.
6 p.m. - ANALYZE THIS
Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal star in this riotous gangland comedy about a mob boss who fears he's losing his edge. An accidental meeting with a family psychiatrist gets the disturbed don back on the straight and narrow for a short time, but soon he's got the shrink on 24-hour call - much to the soon-to-be-married doc's chagrin. Also stars Lisa Kudrow, Joe Viterelli and Chazz Palminteri. Directed by Harold Ramis ("Caddyshack," "National Lampoon's Vacation"), from a script by Peter Tolan, Harold Ramis and Kenneth Lonergan. Rated R.
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.
*Source: Nielsen Media Research, January 1 - December 31, 2007. Qualifications available upon request.
Patrick MacElroy, 516-803-1249