Bethpage and Woodbury, N.Y., November 27, 2007 -- Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) and News 12 Networks today announced the launch of a newly-enhanced News 12 Interactive channel, available as a free and exclusive service to iO TV digital cable customers on Channel 612. The channel is now faster, easier to navigate with a cleaner and more functional design, and features more than 550 traffic cameras capturing current conditions throughout the tri-state, an "other regions" tab allowing users to get local news outside of their immediate area, and current live dual Doppler coverage for an accurate view of local weather.
"News 12 Interactive is an important extension of our linear networks, leveraging the power of digital cable to deliver information to viewers when and how they want it. This newly enhanced channel features meaningful improvements that make the service faster and easier to navigate, and gives users access to news in their local community as well as stories from across all News 12 areas for the first time," said Patrick Dolan, president of News 12 Networks. "It is easier than ever before for our viewers to find the local news that is most relevant to them, including top stories, local weather, current traffic conditions, and additional footage from stories seen on News 12, in an easy to use format."
News 12 Interactive, Channel 612, is a free service for Cablevision's iO TV digital cable customers. Using Cablevision's advanced set-top box, iO TV customers can dig deeper into their local news experience with on-demand access to local top stories, breaking news, additional video from stories seen on News 12, feature stories, archive material, local weather reports, school closings, local traffic information including live cameras from around the tri-state. News 12 Interactive also provides on-demand episodes of "The Challenge," the popular high school academic quiz show that airs on News 12.
"The new features we've added to Channel 612 will really enhance a user's experience", said David Kirschner, general manager of News 12 Interactive. "We're providing more of what customers need, namely traffic and weather information. The new Channel 612 loads up quickly, and allows users to view real-time traffic updates across Long Island, New Jersey, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Southwestern Connecticut, Westchester County, and the Hudson Valley (Rockland and Orange counties), all by navigating through Channel 612."
News 12 Networks is the country's first, largest and most watched 24-hour local television news network. The network is made up of seven individual local news channels serving the areas of Long Island, New Jersey, Southwestern Connecticut, Westchester County, Hudson Valley, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. News 12 Networks is a cable exclusive service, reaching approximately 3.8 million households in the New York market. News 12 Networks is owned and operated by Cablevision Systems Corporation.
Nearly 83 percent of Cablevision's cable customers are iO digital cable customers, the highest digital penetration in the nation. iO offers customers access to more than 260 channels, including 50 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, 42 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.
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