Cablevision Continues High-Definition Expansion With Launch Of Five New Free HD Channels For iO TV® Customers

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Now Offering Customers 65 HD Channels Including Leading News, Entertainment, Music And Sports Programming

With its superior picture and sound, coupled with the increasing availability of quality programming services, high definition television continues to revolutionize the home entertainment experience offering customers tremendous value within their entertainment budget.

Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) today announced the addition of five new free high-definition channels to the iO TV digital cable lineup, which now offers customers 65 HD channels across Cablevision's entire service area. The new channels, MTV HD, VH1 HD, CMT HD, Fuse HD and NHL Network HD, present leading music, pop culture and sports programming and will launch over a three day period from October 14-16.

With 65 channels, Cablevision's high-definition programming line-up has nearly tripled since 2007, further demonstrating the widespread adoption of HDTV's superior format and reinforcing the value of digital cable service. Today, more than 1.25 million iO TV customers have at least one high-definition television and HD-enabled set-top box.

"As winter draws closer and customers prepare for the colder, indoor months, Cablevision is pleased to add more free HD channels to our iO TV lineup," said John Trierweiler, Cablevision's senior vice president of product management. "With its superior picture and sound, coupled with the increasing availability of quality programming services, high definition television continues to revolutionize the home entertainment experience offering customers tremendous value within their entertainment budget."

Cablevision continues to expand its high-definition line-up and expects to eventually offer all channels in the increasingly popular format as more programmers make content available and the company continues to tap the enormous capacity of its fiber optic network. A high-definition cable box and HD-ready television set are required to view high-definition programming and Cablevision does not charge extra for HD service.

With more than 2.7 million iO TV customers, 89 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 up to 390 channels, including 53 premium movie channels, 48 channels of commercial-free digital music, more than 4,000 titles available on demand at all times, an interactive programming guide, 65 high-definition programming services and uniquely valuable and relevant interactive television applications including News 12 Interactive.

About Cablevision
Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) is one of the nation's leading media and entertainment 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 TV® digital television, Optimum Online® high-speed Internet, Optimum Voice® digital voice-over-cable, and its Optimum Lightpath integrated business communications services. Cablevision operates several successful programming businesses, including AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv, through Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, and serves the New York area as publisher of Newsday and other niche publications through Newsday LLC. In addition to these 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, the Beacon Theatre, and the Chicago Theatre, and owns and operates Clearview Cinemas.

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