The launch of RTPi represents a meaningful expansion of iO Portuguese
Bethpage, NY (PRWEB) November 8, 2010
Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) announced today the addition of Portuguese network Radio e Televisao de Portugal (RTPi) to its comprehensive iO International programming service. The Portuguese-language network is now available across Cablevision’s service area on Channel 275 and joins SPT as part of the iO Portuguese programming lineup.
RTPi is a 24 hour Portuguese language general entertainment channel, owned and operated by the Portuguese government, broadcasting news, films, and sports.
“The launch of RTPi represents a meaningful expansion of iO Portuguese,” said Gary Schanman, Cablevision’s senior vice president, video product management. “Diverse and high quality international programming is an important part of our award-winning digital cable service, iO TV, and the addition of programming like RTPi adds significant value for our Portuguese-speaking customers.”
“We are pleased to work with a highly reliable service provider like Cablevision, whose service area is densely populated with Portuguese speakers,” said Paulo Jorge, Head of international distribution, RTPi. This carriage agreement will allow RTP to bring the nation of Portugal into our audience’s households, including news, debate and public opinion, Portuguese heritage and culture and Premier League sports events.”
RTPi is available to customers who subscribe to Broadcast Basic service and above for an additional $4.95 per month, and customers must have a Scientific Atlanta digital cable set-top box in order to receive the service. The iO Portuguese package, which includes SPT, is available for an additional $10.95 per month. Customers interested in iO Portuguese 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 16 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 more than 3 million iO TV customers, 96 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.
RTP is the public service television operator in Portugal since 1957. RTP Internacional, founded in 1992 with the aim of promoting the image of Portugal and enriching the day to day life of all those scattered around the world who communicate in Portuguese.
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.