Cablevision Expands iO® International Through Launch Of Arabic Channel ART, The 14th International Programming Category For iO TV Customers

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Cablevision announced today the addition of ART to its comprehensive iO International programming service. The new channel is available across Cablevision’s service area, and is the 14th distinct international programming category available to iO TV customers.

ART is an important addition to iO International. It is our first Arabic in-language offering, our 14th new programming option, and demonstrates Cablevision’s ongoing commitment to delivering high-quality, in-language programming.

Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) announced today the addition of ART to its comprehensive iO International programming service. The new channel, available on Channel 287; is available across Cablevision’s service area, and is the 14th distinct international programming category available to iO TV customers.

ART Cable is a general entertainment service that provides a unique blend of Arabic language programming from the Arab world such as Egypt, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates, consisting of sporting events, including live and recorded Middle East soccer events; Arabic and international movies; mini-series, dramas, and talk shows; and national events, festivals and religious celebration.

“ART is an important addition to iO International. It is our first Arabic in-language offering, our 14th new programming option, and demonstrates Cablevision’s ongoing commitment to delivering high-quality, in-language programming to our international customers,” said Gary Schanman, Cablevision’s senior vice president, video product management. “We are pleased to offer this valuable service to our customers, which is a perfect complement to Optimum Voice World Call, which allows our customers to call around the world for one low flat-rate price.”

ART is available for $9.95 per month, and customers must have a Scientific Atlanta digital cable set-top box in order to receive the service. Customers interested in ART can call 877-980-7636 to order or go to http://optimum.com/io/international/index.jsp for additional information.

Cablevision offers a wide variety of multi-lingual programming services available in packages and as stand-alone channels. Customers can choose from 14 international programming options with more than 70 channels of content presented in Spanish, Russian, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Hindi and other languages. iO International is available across the company’s tri-state service area.

With nearly 2.9 million iO TV customers, 94 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 400 channels, including 53 premium movie channels, 46 channels of commercial-free digital music, more than 6,000 titles available on demand at all times, an interactive programming guide, more than 100 high-definition programming services and uniquely valuable and relevant local content through News 12, MSG Varsity and their companion interactive television applications.

Optimum Voice® World Call is Cablevision’s innovative international calling plan, giving customers up to 250 minutes per month of calling anywhere in the world, including up to 30 minutes of calls to Cuba, from their Optimum Voice phone for a flat monthly fee of $19.95.

About Cablevision
Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) is one of the nation's leading media and entertainment companies. Its assets include its cable television operations, which provide industry-leading services to more than 3 million New York area households, and its award-winning television networks, which deliver some of today's most watched programming to hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide. A state-of-the-art cable system enables the company to offer a full suite of advanced residential and business communications services that include its iO TV® digital television, Optimum Online® high-speed Internet, Optimum Voice® digital voice, Optimum WiFi® wireless Internet, and its Optimum Lightpath® integrated business communications solutions. Cablevision also serves the New York area with compelling local content through News 12 Networks, a local news leader; MSG Varsity, a suite of television and online services covering high school activities; and, Newsday Media Group, a business unit that includes Newsday, Long Island's leading daily newspaper. In addition, through Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, Cablevision operates successful programming and entertainment businesses, such as AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and IFC Entertainment. The company also owns and operates Clearview Cinemas, which includes Manhattan's famed Ziegfeld Theatre, a frequent and historic venue for film premieres and events.

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