Universal HD is Cablevision's HD Channel of The Day, as Part of The Company's Continuing '45 Days in HD, on iO TV(SM)' Countdown

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Ongoing salute to excellence in HD programming recognizes each of the 45 high-definition services iO TV customers receive at no additional cost.

Cablevision Systems Corp. announced today it is recognizing Universal 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 744, Universal HD features award-winning blockbuster films, premier sporting events, and record-breaking series in 100 percent, 1080i true HD format with dynamic Dolby Digital surround sound. Universal HD programming includes series such as "Jericho," "Friday Night Lights," "Threshold, Kidnapped," and "Touching Evil," as well as returning favorites that include "Battlestar Galactica," "Six Feet Under" and "Firefly." Every Wednesday, primetime viewers can catch Universal HD's Sports Block with the World's Greatest Sporting Events featuring HD action of Exclusive Boxing, Figure and Speed Skating and Extreme Sports- The AST Dew Tour, Jeep World of Adventure 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 Universal 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. "Universal HD presents an array of popular series, exciting original programming and unique sporting events that come to life in vivid high-definition through iO TV."

"Universal HD is bringing high impact programming to Cablevision in 2008," said Dan Harrison, SVP Emerging Networks, NBC Universal Cable. "We've added a significant amount of new programming - new sports, including Showtime Championship Boxing, many feature films from Hollywood's biggest studios and new fan-favorite television series including 'Friday Night Lights' and 'Jericho.' 2008 brings a whole new Universal HD for fans who want the true 1080i experience 24/7."

Featured Programming For January 29th, 2008 Includes:

  • "Comedy Tuesday Films starting at 7pm ET with Soapdish, followed by Wayne's World at 9pm ET and the network premiere of Bowfinger with Eddie Murphy & Steve Martin at 11pm ET. The comedy block ends at 3am ET with the airing of a comedy classic, Raising Arizona starring Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter."

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.

About Cablevision
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


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