[opendtv] Rogers Hits Milestone with over 200,000 HDTV Customers

  • From: John Golitsis <john@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: OpenDTV <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2006 14:30:38 -0500

This one's for Mr. Miller. Keep in mind that Rogers only serves parts of Canada.

Rogers Hits Milestone with over 200,000 High Definition Television Customers

With Holiday Sales of High Definition Televisions Expected to Hit Record Setting Highs, Consumers are now Demanding the Services Needed to Support

TORONTO, Dec. 7 /CNW/ - Rogers Cable Communications Inc. announced today that its High Definition Television (HDTV) service has seen tremendous growth in the last year with the most HD subscribers in Canada. Since November 2005, Rogers HDTV customers have more than doubled with over 200,000 HDTV households now subscribing to the service. As well, Rogers HDTV customers can select from
a growing list of HD channels.
"High definition allows consumers to take full advantage of the superior capabilities of today's television technology and delivers a true to life viewing experience," said Carmine Cinerari, Vice President, Consumer Products Division, Sharp Electronics of Canada. "HD is the future of television, and if the increase in sales of high definition Sharp AQUOS televisions this holiday season is any indication, there is definitely a growing demand for HD ready
units across Canada."
Rogers expects continued growth of HD and before the end of the year will
be adding the following HD channels to its programming:

------------------------------------------------------------------------ -
    HD Channel                  Sample Programming
------------------------------------------------------------------------ - National Geographic HD Seconds from Disaster, Megastructures and Dog
------------------------------------------------------------------------ - Showcase HD CSI and CSI Miami, along with Rescue Me, Weeds, The L-Word, Dead Like Me, plus a brand
                                new series Rent-a-Goalie
------------------------------------------------------------------------ -
    WGN HD                      Chicago Bulls basketball, Chicago Cubs
                                Baseball, 24, Scrubs and more
------------------------------------------------------------------------ - HD On Demand A growing library of high definition movies &
------------------------------------------------------------------------ -

"Rogers continues to offer its customers the best in high definition TV with the most free HD content in Canada," said David Purdy, Vice President and General Manager, Television Services for Rogers Cable Inc. "With the growing customer appetite for high definition programming, customers can expect to see an expanded line up of HD programming in areas such as movies, sports, dramas
and education in 2007."
Rogers HD Customers need only to connect their HD terminal to their HD or HD-Ready TV and get instant access to 16 FREE HD channels such as Global TV, City TV, CTV and major Primetime U.S. Networks. With access to the most FREE HD Programming, offering up to 34 HDTV channels and the commitment to provide innovative ways of delivering the HD experience to its customers, it is clear
why Rogers is the No.1 provider of HD in Canada.
Also growing rapidly is the number of customers who are choosing the Personal TV experience with over 1 in 3 new HDTV customers adding an HDPVR to their service in 2006. Among the many features of the Rogers HD PVR digital terminal is the dual tuner (which allows customers to watch one show while recording another or watch a recorded show, while recording two other shows at the same time), pause, rewind and instant replay live television, and record
up to 20 hours of HDTV programming or 90 hours of regular television
programming. Plus, with the picture-in-picture feature, customers can watch
and record one show at the same time and see another show playing in the
corner of the television screen.
In addition to its HDTV offering, Rogers offers digital cable customers the most movies, the most sports, the most multicultural services and more
than 3000 titles on Video on Demand (VOD), which is exclusive to cable.

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