Bethpage, NY (PRWEB) January 7, 2008
Cablevision Systems Corp. today is recognizing HD Theater as its HD Channel of the Day, as part of the ongoing "45 Days in HD, on iO TV" countdown. Available to Cablevision's iO TV customers on channel 727, HD Theater offers the ultimate destination for HD programming in the areas of high end adventure, natural history, performing arts, turbo, world cultures and wildlife. HD Theater delivers the world's most spectacular images delivered in vivid 1080i HD quality, with crystal clear 5.1 digital surround sound.
During the countdown, Cablevision is recognizing each of the 45 high-definition services iO customers receive at no additional cost, including all nine local professional sports teams in HD. Unlike its satellite and phone company competitors, Cablevision does not impose additional fees and charges on customers who want to "see" in HD.
"We are pleased to honor HD Theater as today's Channel of the Day in our ongoing '45 Days in HD, on iO TV' countdown," said John Trierweiler, Cablevision's senior vice president of product management. "HD Theater presents a broad array of visually stunning high-definition programming that showcases the revolutionary capability of iO TV in HD."
Featured Programming For January 7, 2008 includes:
7:00 a.m., Sunrise Earth, the Skellings of Ireland
Seven miles off the Irish coast stands the imposing pair of rocks known as Little Skellig and Skellig Michael. Fulmars and gannets soar in the first light of morning. In the 5th century, the jagged stone peaks represented the westernmost frontier of the European known world, the last place the sun rose before setting over the foreboding North Atlantic.
7:00 p.m., Dinosaur Planet, White Tip's Journey
When White Tip loses the rest of her pack, she must struggle to survive on her own. In time, she locates a new pack, as well as a mate, only to find that her hardships are just beginning in the harsh desert environment. Christian Slater narrates.
8:00p.m., Risk Takers, Philadelphia SWAT
Special Weapons & Tactics Teams (SWAT) are groups of elite police officers trained to deal with violent situations beyond the scope of normally equipped and trained personnel. See the latest in high tech weaponry and crime fighting tactics.
9:00 p.m., Blue Angels: A Year in the Life, Becoming Blue
Meet the new members of the Blue Angels team as they begin the rough-and-tumble climb to becoming a Blue Angel. Follow them through their arduous training and learn what it takes to prepare for their annual flight demonstration tour across the country.
10:00 p.m., Concorde: The Final Flight
British Airways retired the Concorde, ending the era of champagne and caviar at Mach 2 forever. Aboard one of Concorde's final flights, experience the thrill of supersonic travel and find out why this was the ultimate flying adventure.
Cablevision's high-definition line-up has more than doubled over the last year, and the company has the capacity today to deliver hundreds of channels of high-definition programming over its fully-deployed fiber optic network that passes 4.6 million homes and hundreds of thousands of businesses in the New York metropolitan area. More than 900,000 of Cablevision's nearly 2.6 million iO TV customers have at least one high-definition television and HD-cable set-top box in the home.
In an effort to drive consumer awareness and continued adoption of HDTV, Cablevision recently launched a retail partnership with P.C. Richard & Son, the New York metropolitan area's leading consumer appliance and electronics retailer, which allows customers to conveniently sign up for all three Optimum products -- iO TV digital cable, Optimum Online high-speed Internet access and Optimum Voice phone service -- at 35 P.C. Richard & Son retail locations in Cablevision's service territory. Cablevision is also providing its award-winning digital cable service to more than 30 store locations, so customers can experience the best in high-definition programming while they shop for a new HD television set.
Nearly 83 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 360 channels, including 53 premium movie channels, 48 channels of commercial-free digital music, more than 1,800 titles available on demand at all times, an interactive programming guide, 45 high-definition programming services and groundbreaking interactive television applications including News 12 Interactive.
Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) is one of the nation's leading entertainment and telecommunications 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: Interactive Optimum® digital television, Optimum Online® high-speed Internet, Optimum Voice® digital voice-over-cable, and its Optimum Lightpath integrated business communications services. Cablevision's Rainbow Media Holdings LLC operates several successful programming businesses, including AMC, IFC, WE tv and other national and regional networks. In addition to its telecommunications and programming 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, and owns and operates Clearview Cinemas.
About HD Theater
The first 24-hour high-definition network to broadcast all of its content in brilliant 1080i and 5.1 digital surround sound, HD Theater offers compelling real-world and motorized content from a wide range of categories including adventure, technology, nature and world culture -- all designed to provide viewers with the highest-quality television experience available. Discovery Communications is the number-one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. Discovery's 100-plus worldwide networks are led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Discovery Health and HD Theater, with digital media properties including HowStuffWorks.com. Discovery Communications is owned by Discovery Holding Co. (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB), Advance/Newhouse Communications and John S. Hendricks, Discovery's founder and chairman. For more information please visit http://www.discoverycommunications.com/.
Patrick MacElroy, 516-803-1249