Bethpage, NY (PRWEB) January 18, 2008
Cablevision Systems Corp. today is recognizing RAVE 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 785, RAVE HD is the first 24/7 music channel dedicated to delivering a larger-than-life concert experience in crystal clear high-definition and 5.1 Dolby® Digital Surround Sound. Featuring the top artists like Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, Beck, Foo Fighters and Dixie Chicks, as well as undiscovered up-and-comers, and compelling conversations with today's leading musicians, RAVE HD offers an unparalleled live music experience harnessing the spectacular depth and clarity of HD video technology.
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 RAVE 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. "RAVE HD offers viewers a front-row experience to a mix of concerts and live performances from today's top acts and many of the music industry's greatest performers in vivid high-definition."
Featured Programming For January 18, 2008 Includes:
8:00 p.m. - RAY CHARLES: LIVE AT MONTREUX 1997 (US PREMIERE)
One of the first performers to mix gospel, R&B and jazz to create a new form of pop music that would come to be known as soul, Ray Charles' voice and delivery were strikingly different and instantly recognizable. In RAY CHARLES: LIVE AT MONTREUX 1997, Ray, his orchestra (led by sax player Al Jackson) and the Raelettes perform popular songs such as "Shadows Of My Mind," "Georgia On My Mind," and "I Can't Stop Loving You."
9:00 p.m. - LATER…WITH JOOLS HOLLAND (US Premiere)
World-renowned pianist and bandleader Jools Holland returns to RAVE HD for yet another season of this landmark series, which includes appearances from both established artists and cutting-edge newcomers. On tonight's program Holland interviews Joe Cocker and Patti Smith (both of whom also perform during the episode). In addition, The Cribs, Simply Red, Kate Nash, and Cold War Kids are Holland's musical guests.
10:00 p.m. - DAVID GILMOUR: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL
David Gilmour, guitarist, vocalist and writer for Pink Floyd, performs live at The Royal Albert Hall. The concert features hits from his recently released album On An Island, as well as selections from Pink Floyd's 40-year career including, "Wish You Were Here" and "Comfortably Numb."
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
pmacelro @ cablevision.com