Bethpage, NY (PRWEB) January 17, 2008
Cablevision Systems Corp. today is recognizing Film Fest 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 778, Film Fest HD features a non-stop virtual film festival for cinema lovers, like a revival movie house - curated in high definition. Presenting a slate of landmark classics, sleeper hits, retro favorites, award-winning documentaries, independent productions and midnight cult movies - all re-mastered to 1080i high definition and 5.1 Dolby® Digital surround sound - Film Fest HD brings the magic of movies to a new generation of film fans.
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 Film Fest 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. "Film Fest HD offers viewers a unique opportunity to experience some of the great films rarely seen outside of the festival setting, all from the comfort of their living rooms with a brilliant high-definition picture."
Featured Programming For January 17, 2008 includes:
2:40 p.m. - BATTLE OF BRITAIN
(1969, MGM, Directed by Guy Hamilton)
This WWII film pays homage to the British, as well as the Polish and Czech pilots who fought off Germany's Luftwaffe Plans. Starring Laurence Olivier.
4:55 p.m. - FESTIVAL EXPRESS
(2003, Think Films, Directed by Bob Smeaton)
This documentary chronicles a series of concerts that occurred throughout Canada in 1970. The performers included such legends as Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead and the Band. A private train carried the musicians to their shows and was named the "The Festival Express." This documentary captures both the shows and the constant wild party that took place on the road.
6:25 p.m. - THE JOURNEY OF AUGUST KING
(1995, Miramax, Directed by John Duigan)
This film is about the moral courage of a poor North Carolina farmer in 1815 who puts his life at risk to help an escaped slave. Starring Jason Patric.
8:00 p.m. - STILL WE BELIEVE: THE BOSTON RED SOX MOVIE
(2004, Think Films, Directed by Paul Doyle Jr.)
This documentary film is about the Red Sox and their fans extraordinary emotional investment in their team.
11:35 p.m. - CLAMBAKE
(1967, MGM, Directed by Arthur H. Nadel)
Elvis Presley stars as a millionaire's son who switches places with a poor water-skiing instructor to see if women love him for himself or his money.
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