Bethpage, NY (PRWEB) January 24, 2008
Bethpage, NY, January 24, 2008 -- Cablevision Systems Corp. today is recognizing MSG 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 716, MSG HD offers New York sports fans exclusive coverage of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Liberty, Buffalo Sabres, and New York Red Bulls along with a strong line-up of tri-state area college and high school sports. In addition, the network airs top quality original programming including the signature sports and entertainment program "MSG, NY" and a line-up of MSG Concerts and MSG Originals, including the critically acclaimed "50 Greatest Moments at Madison Square Garden," among many others.
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 honor MSG 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. "MSG HD brings iO TV viewers the best of Madison Square Garden, including today's historic events honoring Ranger great Brian Leetch, with stunning high-definition picture clarity and dynamic surround."
Prior to the Rangers game against the Atlanta Thrashers, the team will pay tribute to Brian Leetch, one of the all time great Rangers, by retiring his #2 to the rafters in Madison Square Garden, where he will join fellow Rangers legends Rod Gilbert, Ed Giacomin, and his 1994 Stanley Cup championship teammates Mike Richter and Mark Messier.
Beginning at 11:00 a.m., programming on MSG will be dedicated to celebrating "Brian Leetch Night", including:
11:00 a.m.: Eastern Conference Finals - Game 7: NJ Devils at NY Rangers (5/27/94)
1:00 p.m.: Stanley Cup Finals - Game 3: NY Rangers at Vancouver Canucks (6/4/94)
3:00 p.m.: Stanley Cup Finals - Game 7: Vancouver Canucks at NY Rangers (6/14/94)
6:00 p.m.: "MSG Profiles: Ranger #2: Leetch"
6:30 p.m.: Brian Leetch Night Ceremony, "Forever a Ranger", hosted by Sam Rosen
Once the ceremony concludes, a special edition of "MSG Hockey Night Live" will begin. The show, hosted by Al Trautwig and Stan Fischler, will include interviews with Leetch and other Rangers legends attending the ceremony. Al will begin with interviews on-ice as soon as the ceremony ends, and then he will join Stan in the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden in front of a live audience.
8:00 p.m.: New York Rangers vs. Atlanta Thrashers
10:30 p.m.: "MSG, NY"
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