Bethpage, NY (PRWEB) February 7, 2008
Cablevision Systems Corp. today is recognizing GOLF CHANNEL 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, GOLF CHANNEL HD features a programming schedule that includes more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, as well as news, instruction and original productions, such as the popular Big Break. GOLF CHANNEL became the exclusive cable home of the PGA TOUR in 2007, and televises part or all of every PGA TOUR event. In addition, the network is exclusive television home of the Nationwide Tour, European Tour and Canadian Tour, and the exclusive cable home of the Champions Tour. Also featured is a generous mix of other competition from the LPGA Tour, USGA, PGA of America, Asian Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour of Southern Africa.
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 GOLF CHANNEL 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. "GOLF CHANNEL HD offers iO TV customers an exciting blend of competitive event coverage including stops along the PGA Tour, as well as interesting and informative original programming that comes to life in vivid high-definition."
Featured GOLF CHANNEL HD Programming On February 7, 2008 Includes:
2008 EMAAR-MGF Indian Masters (9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET, TD)
A new event on the European Tour for 2008, the EMAAR-MGF Indian Masters will be headlined by some of the world's top international players, including World No. 5 Ernie Els, who recently committed to the event. Taking place at Delhi Golf Club in India, viewers will be to catch the final half hour of the opening round in HD from 12 - 12:30 p.m. ET
The Turn (2:30 - 3 p.m. ET)
The Turn, GOLF CHANNEL's fast-paced weekly instructional show, will include the turning points from the FBR Open and will feature an array of tips from noted instructors, including David Leadbetter, golf fitness instructor Katherine Roberts, Golf for Women Magazine senior editor Stina Sternberg and PGA TOUR professionals.
2008 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am (3 - 6 p.m. ET [Live], 8:30 - 11:30 p.m. [Replay])
A star-studded field of celebrities will team with PGA TOUR professionals in the opening round of the 2008 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, airing live from 3-6 p.m. ET. Taking place on Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Poppy Hills golf courses on the Monterrey Peninsula in California, Kevin Costner, Carson Daly, Chris O'Donnell, Glenn Frey, Craig T. Nelson, Huey Lewis, Kelly Slater and Chris Berman are among the early commitments for the Pro-Am. World No. 2 Phil Mickelson will attempt to defend his 2007 championship over an expected strong international field.
Sprint Post Game (6 - 6:30 p.m. ET [Live])
GOLF CHANNEL analysts will break down all of the action from the opening round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Sprint Post Game (6 p.m. ET) with highlights, interviews and expert insider analysis that viewers won't see anywhere else.
Personal Lessons: Raymond Floyd, part one (6:30 - 7 p.m.)
In the first episode of a three-part personal lessons series, Raymond Floyd will ride along with two amateur golfers for a round of golf, providing tips and insight on how to improve their golf games. Viewers will listen in as Floyd uses his extensive knowledge of golf to challenge the amateurs to use visualization to bring about better golf shots.
- Personal Lessons: Raymond Floyd, part two (7 - 7:30 p.m.)
In the second episode of the three-part personal lessons series, Floyd will work with a 19-handicapper to improve his negative attitude and mentality on the golf course that leads to poor execution. Floyd also will work with a single-digit handicapper who is looking to improve consistency in his golf game.
- Personal Lessons: Raymond Floyd, part three (7:30 - 8 p.m.)
In the third, and final, personal lesson from Raymond Floyd, he will assist two amateur golfers with gaining distance, course management and key putting tips to help lower their handicaps and scores.
Trevino and Lopez (8 - 8:30 p.m.)
GOLF CHANNEL will air Trevino and Lopez, a special encore presentation featuring actor/comedian George Lopez and Hall-of-Famer Lee Trevino delving into the special bond they share through the game of golf and through life experiences in growing up without a father figure. The hour-long special will share the trials they faced before achieving success in their individual endeavors, and how the game of golf transformed their lives.
PGA TOUR Primetime: 2008 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (8:30 - 11:30 p.m.)
PGA TOUR Primetime will re-air the opening round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at 8:30 p.m. ET with exclusive bonus coverage including interviews, tournament action and highlights.
The Grey Goose 19th Hole (11:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.)
Order a drink and relax on The Grey Goose 19th Hole (11:30 p.m. ET) as Grey Goose's host and two expert panelists engage in spirited conversation on the hot topics in the world of golf and sports in this fast paced 30-minute talk show.
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