Bethpage, NY (PRWEB) January 11, 2008
Cablevision Systems Corp. today is recognizing Gameplay 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 786, Gameplay HD is the only 24/7 video game network capable of delivering the full gaming experience through the magic of hi-def by using next-generation games to create next-generation television. Gameplay HD brings the video game world to life by utilizing the stunning, native HD resolution of today's games and consoles featuring three tiers of entertainment including industry news & information, coverage of competitions from around the world, and original series and specials that tap into the storytelling power of games. Aimed at the 76 million video gamers in the United States, Gameplay HD takes viewers behind-the-scenes with the creative talent behind the best-selling titles in history and offers strategy tips from the creators of everything from the newest games to arcade classics and more.
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 Gameplay 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. "Gameplay HD's unique content aimed at the millions of video-gamers throughout the country is a great example of the quality and diversity of high-definition programming iO TV customers enjoy."
Featured Programming For
January 11, 2007 includes:
8:00 p.m., Gamespotting: Episode 23
Get the latest video gaming intel from Gamespot.com's online authorities. This episode features an interview with the developer of Star Trek Legacy as well as trailers from Rain, Bulletwitch, 99 Nights, and Black & White 2: Battle of the Gods.
8:30 p.m., Gamespotting: Episode 24
Get the latest video gaming intel from Gamespot.com's online authorities. This episode features interviews with the developers of X-Men 3, Rampage and Saint's Row. The show also features reviews of Moto GP '06, Heroes of Might and Magic V.
9:00 p.m., Cinemaddicts: "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" (World Premiere)
A major part of the next-gen video game experience is the inclusion of "cut scene" cinematics, the high-quality 3D animated in-game movies that break up the Gameplay and are used to advance the plot and present character development. Gameplay HD's original series Cinemaddicts brings the story inside a game to life, providing a movie-like experience for the viewer. The program stitches together the "cut scene" cinematics and actual Gameplay to deliver the cohesive storyline of a game. This episode features the cut scene animation from "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End." Based on the blockbuster film, this videogame follows Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann as they battle Lord Beckett and Davy Jones for control of the seas.
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.
Patrick MacElroy, 516-803-1249