We continue to enhance the iO TV experience by delivering more value and customer choice without the extra equipment costs or programming package fees charged by our competitors.
Bethpage, NY (PRWEB) January 21, 2009
Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) today announced the addition of 15 high-definition channels from HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz and Encore to the company's iO TV high-definition lineup, which now offers customers access to 70 channels of free HD. The networks, spanning an array of entertainment genres, will become available to customers across Cablevision's service area over a three-day period that begins today.
With more than 1.3 million customers taking HD service, Cablevision's HD penetration has reached nearly 50 percent of all iO TV households, demonstrating the rapid adoption of this superior television format. In addition to 70 channels of high-definition programming, iO TV features an expanding library of HD video-on-demand titles including critical favorites and top blockbusters from the summer of 2008, available through the On Demand menu.
"Cablevision is pleased to add 15 new channels to the iO TV high-definition lineup, and expand the range of entertainment options available to customers in the superior HD format," said John Trierweiler, Cablevision's senior vice president of product management. "We continue to enhance the iO TV experience by delivering more value and customer choice without the extra equipment costs or programming package fees charged by our competitors."
The new channels can be found on iO TV in the following channel positions and require an HD capable set-top box.
772 Encore HD 793 HBO Latino HD
773 Starz Kids & Family HD 794 Action MAX HD
774 Starz Edge HD 795 More MAX HD
775 HBO Signature HD 796 @MAX HD
776 HBO Family HD 797 Outer MAX HD
777 HBO Comedy HD 798 Showtime Too HD
778 HBO Zone HD 799 Showtime Showcase HD
779 HBO2 HD
With more than 2.8 million iO TV customers, more than 90 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 410 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, 70 high-definition programming services and uniquely valuable and relevant interactive television applications including News 12 Interactive. Viewing high-definition programming generally requires a high-definition cable box or CableCARD and an HD-ready television set. HD VOD titles are available starting at $4.95.
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 Media Group. 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.