Cablevision Announces Major Feature Enhancements to Its Optimum Voice(R) Digital Voice-Over-Cable Service

New Features Include Enhanced Voicemail, Directory Assistance, Free

Whole-House Wiring Option And User-Friendly Web Portal With Advanced Account

Management Tools And Interactive Call History

Jun 02, 2004, 01:00 ET from Cablevision Systems Corporation

    BETHPAGE, N.Y., June 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cablevision Systems
 Corporation (NYSE:   CVC) today announced that it has added a number of
 significant feature enhancements to its Optimum Voice digital voice-over-cable
 service, including enhanced voicemail, access to directory assistance (411),
 and an advanced user-friendly Web portal that enables customers to listen to
 voicemail messages, manage settings, easily forward calls and review detailed
 calling history.  Earlier this year, Cablevision began offering new customers
 a whole-house wiring option as part of the free installation, which delivers
 dial-tone to all existing wall jacks within the home.
     With nearly 71,000 customers as of March 31, Optimum Voice is the fastest-
 growing and most widely-deployed digital voice-over-cable service in the
 nation.  Optimum Voice became available across Cablevision's service area of
 nearly 4.4 million homes late last year, and during the first three months of
 2004 added an average of 3,200 new customers each week.
     "With Optimum Voice, we are creating a value-priced and feature-rich voice
 service that goes far beyond anything available today from traditional wire-
 line telephony providers or start-up services that route calls over the public
 Internet," said Patricia Gottesman, Cablevision's senior vice president of
 consumer product management and marketing.  "These significant enhancements
 further improve a reliable, high-quality voice service that is already
 experiencing breakaway consumer acceptance."
     Optimum Voice offers unlimited local, regional and long-distance calling
 across the U.S. and Canada for a flat rate of $34.95 per month.  The service
 also includes six custom calling features: Caller ID, Call waiting, Call
 return (*69), three-way calling, Call forwarding and Enhanced voicemail.
 Optimum Voice also provides fully functioning E-911 service and is CALEA
 compliant. Optimum Voice calls are carried over Cablevision's own fully-
 upgraded network, not the public Internet, and the voice packets are
 prioritized to ensure a quality of service that cannot be matched by Internet
 phone services.
     The new "My Optimum Voice" Web portal allows customers to easily forward
 incoming calls to another number and interactively view their calling history,
 which is fully sortable by billing period, state, most frequently dialed
 numbers or all calls to a specific number.  The portal is accessible at
     By simply logging onto the portal customers can also manage their enhanced
 voicemail options, which include listening to voice messages online from
 anywhere in the world, routing voicemail messages to up to three e-mail
 addresses, and programming the service to be paged or phoned when an urgent
 message is received.
     "This advanced, user-friendly Web portal is a perfect example of our
 unique ability to integrate voice and data services in new and functional ways
 that offer real consumer benefits," Gottesman said.  "The presence of a DOCSIS
 modem in our digital set-top boxes will allow future integration of voice and
 data with our digital cable service as well.  We are only scratching the
 surface in terms of where our consumer services can go, and we will continue
 to leverage the enormous capacity of our network to deliver compelling value
 and functionality to our expanding customer base."
     About Optimum Voice
     Optimum Voice ( is a high-quality voice
 service that offers unlimited local, regional and long-distance calling within
 the United States and Canada and includes a number of popular calling features
 for one flat monthly rate.  Optimum Voice is an information service available
 exclusively to Optimum Online high-speed Internet customers.  Optimum Voice
 calls are carried over Cablevision's own fully-upgraded telecommunications
 network -- not the public Internet -- and voice packets are prioritized to
 ensure an extremely high quality of service.
     About Cablevision
     Cablevision Systems Corporation is one of the nation's leading
 entertainment and telecommunications companies.  Its cable television
 operations serve 3 million households in the New York metropolitan area.  The
 company's advanced telecommunications offerings include its iO: Interactive
 Optimum digital television offering, Optimum Online high-speed Internet
 service, Optimum Voice digital voice-over-cable service, and its Lightpath
 integrated business communications services. Cablevision's Rainbow Media
 Holdings LLC operates several successful programming businesses, including
 AMC, IFC (The Independent Film Channel), and other national and regional
 networks. Rainbow also is a 50 percent partner in Fox Sports Net.  In 2003,
 Cablevision's Rainbow DBS launched its VOOM satellite service, the first
 service to offer a comprehensive array of high-definition (HD) television
 programming.  In addition to its telecommunications and programming
 businesses, Cablevision is the controlling owner of 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.  Additional information about Cablevision Systems
 Corporation is available on the Web at

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