With unique local services like News 12 and News 12 Traffic & Weather, a dozen international programming options, advanced features like Caller ID on the TV and every HD game of all nine professional New York-area sports teams, iO TV delivers unbeatable value and choice to our digital cable customers.
Bethpage, NY (PRWEB) April 20, 2009
Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) today announced a significant expansion of the free high-definition programming available to its iO TV digital cable customers - starting this week with the addition of 30 new HD channels in New York City, popular AETN-affiliated channels launching everywhere and more than 100 HD channels available across the company's service area by June.
Cablevision's approach to offering an expansive and diverse HD line-up, without the extra equipment or programming fees competitors charge for HD, has resulted in an extremely high rate of HD adoption, with half of all iO TV digital cable customers taking HD service.
"Free HD has become a hallmark of iO TV, and a key point of differentiation over our competitors, so we are very pleased to announce this significant expansion to more than 100 channels of free HD available across our service area," said John Trierweiler, Cablevision's senior vice president of product management. "With unique local services like News 12 and News 12 Traffic & Weather, a dozen international programming options, advanced features like Caller ID on the TV and every HD game of all nine professional New York-area sports teams, iO TV delivers unbeatable value and choice to our digital cable customers."
The spring HD additions consist of popular networks including: A&E HD, BET HD, E! HD, History HD, Bio HD, Crime & Investigation HD, G4 HD, Palladia HD, Planet Green HD, Style HD, Outdoor Channel HD, NBA TV HD, QVC HD as well as additional HD channels from HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz and TMC.
With more than 2.8 million iO TV customers, more than 91 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 400 channels, including 53 premium movie channels, 46 channels of commercial-free digital music, more than 4,000 titles available on demand at all times, an interactive programming guide, free HD 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. A full array of approximately 100 HD VOD movies are also available, starting at $4.95 for a 24-hour rental.
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.
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