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I can SEE clearly now, the rain is gone!. . .CableVISION ups ante in battle, giving more FREE HD channels. . .
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 02, 2008 11:51AM
. . .whoopee. . .15 more HD channels. . .FREE. . .is good. . .!

Cablevision Ups HD In Battle With Satellite, FiOS
July 2, 2008

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cablevision Systems Corp will give customers another 15 free high-definition channels as it faces stiffer competition from satellite TV providers and Verizon Communications Inc.

The Bethpage, New York-based cable operator said on Wednesday it would add mainstream HD channels including Discovery, Viacom Inc's Nickelodeon, FX, FOX News, AMC and The Weather Channel to its line-up from July 28, bringing its HD offering to 60 channels.

Cablevision said more than 1.1 million of its digital cable subscribers have at least one high-definition TV and HD-enabled set-top box.

Cablevision, which has more than 3 million subscribers, is keen to fight off competition from satellite rivals DIRECTV Group and DISH Network Corp, as well as a growing threat from Verizon's expanding FiOS TV service.

Analysts say the satellite TV providers have an "HD advantage" because customers think they offer more and better quality HD services than cable.

DIRECTV has said it will have capacity for more than 150 HD channels by the end of this year and currently has 95. DISH has around 80 HD channels.

Verizon, which is in a fierce battle for TV subscribers with Cablevision in New York's Long Island, currently offers 30 HD channels on its FiOS TV service and said it would add another 30 in the next couple of months.

The phone company said it would also have capacity for 150 HD channels by year-end.

Cablevision said in June 2007 it would have the capacity to carry more than 500 HD channels by the end of 2007, but this has not translated to an equivalent amount of HD television programming.


I reject your reality and substitute my own!

Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 07/02/2008 12:04PM by NewtonMP2100.
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Re: HD wars..and so it begins!. . .Cablevision ups ante in battle w/satellite,giving more FREE HD channels. . .
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: July 02, 2008 11:53AM
Good. DirecTV needs to be pressured to drop the $10/month surcharge for HD.
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Re: I can SEE clearly now, the rain is gone!. . .CableVISION ups ante in battle, giving more FREE HD channels. . .
Posted by: Fritz
Date: July 02, 2008 12:33PM
now wouldn't ya think they'd be announcing that on their site?
but no.

when I come back from this trip

FiOS. Had enough of bandwidth sharing for that kinna $.


proofraed by OwEn the c@t.

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