BETHPAGE, N.Y., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Does Dad see in HD? According to the National Retail Federation, consumer electronics are expected to capture an estimated 17.8% of the $9.9 billion that will be spent this year on Father's Day gifts. Tops on many gift lists are sure to be brand-new high- definition televisions. And for those families giving Dad an HDTV this year, iO(R) digital cable offers the best in high-definition programming, including the most local sports in HD, without the additional equipment or programming charges tacked on by satellite and telephone company TV providers. iO offers subscribers access to 25 high-definition programming services, and is the only way to see all the HD games of all nine area professional sports teams - the Mets, Yankees, Jets, Giants, Knicks, Nets, Rangers, Devils and Islanders. "With 25 high-definition programming services available, we believe that there is no better gift to complement the purchase of a new HD television this Father's Day than our iO digital cable service," said Theresa Chillianis, Cablevision's vice president of video product management. "With iO digital cable, viewers are sure to find their favorite sports, movies and educational programming all presented in spectacular high-definition." For sports fans, iO's high-definition programming is sure to be a hit, featuring a wide selection of HD sports including; MSG Network; FSN New York; SportsNet HD; YES HD; ESPN HD; VERSUS HD; The Golf Channel HD; and MOJO. iO also delivers an expanded array of programming including local broadcast stations from CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, PBS, My9 and the CW11; Discovery HD, TNT, Universal HD and National Geographic HD, in addition to movies on- demand and popular cable networks including HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, The Movie Channel, and Starz. Unlike other providers, Cablevision offers subscribers HD-capable converter boxes at no additional cost over the standard box rental fee and provides the high-definition feeds of premium movie networks to all customers who subscribe to the standard-definition version of the networks. Additionally, high-definition video on demand movie titles are available anytime for $4.95 each, the same price as their standard definition movies, which includes full control over the viewing experience with the ability to pause, fast-forward and rewind. With more than 2.5 million iO customers, 80 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 240 channels, including 50 premium movie channels, 45 channels of commercial-free digital music, more than 1,700 titles available on demand at all times, an interactive programming guide, 25 high-definition programming services and groundbreaking interactive television applications including News 12 Interactive, and subscription games packages. About Cablevision Cablevision Systems Corporation 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(R) digital television, Optimum Online(R) high-speed Internet, Optimum Voice(R) 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.
SOURCE Cablevision Systems Corporation