Bethpage, NY (PRWEB) February 3, 2008
Cablevision Systems Corp. today is recognizing Versus 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 719, Versus HD features high powered programming including the NHL, World Extreme Cagefighting, Hunting and Fishing, Professional Bull Riding, College Football and Boxing, making VERSUS HD the premier network for exclusive live events and original shows covering competition at its highest level, all in widescreen HD format giving viewers a whole new perspective on sports TV
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 Versus 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. "Versus HD offers viewers a front row seat to year-round sports excitement including the quest for the Stanley Cup, all presented in the vivid high-definition format that is changing the iO TV home entertainment experience."
Featured Versus HD Programming On February 4, 2008 Includes:
Penguins vs Devils 7pm et
February 4th the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the New Jersey Devils at 7PM. With twenty year old phenom, Sidney Crosby, the NHL's leader in points for 2006-2007, sidelined, or will Martin Brodeur and the Devils shut down the Pittsburgh Penguins when they visit the Prudential Center? Catch the NHL on Versus HD throughout the entire 2007-2008 hockey season.
Hockey Central 9:30 et
Tune into VERSUS for weekly match-ups through the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. After the players skate off the ice, tune into Hockey Central for the best game night analysis, NHL standings and player updates.
Professional Bull Riders 10pm et
At 10:00pm, catch an encore presentation of the Professional Bull Riders from Albany, NY.
If ordering a Quarter Pounder is the closest you've come to a bull - watch out - two tons of rip-snortin' beefsteak are pounding your way with the PBR from Albany, NY at 10PM. Watch on Versus HD, as the country's most fearless cowboys take the bulls by the horns all season long for the $1 million dollar bounty.
Catch the baddest bulls of the PBR every weekend on Versus HD.
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.
VERSUS celebrates real competition in all its forms across all platforms (VERSUS.com, VERSUS on Demand and VERSUS HD). Now in more than 74 million homes, the network is the national cable home of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Stanley Cup Playoffs as well as best-in-class events such as The Tour de France, Davis Cup Tennis, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and Professional Boxing. The network also offers collegiate sports featuring nationally-ranked teams from top conferences such as the Pac-10, Big 12 and Mountain West. VERSUS features the best field sports programming on television and is a destination for sports fans, athletes and sportsmen to find exclusive, competitive events that audiences can't find elsewhere. VERSUS, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.
Patrick MacElroy, 516-803-1249