Cablevision Launches BBC America, TV One, Reelz On iO Package


Continuing to diversify its network lineup, Cablevision has begun rolling out a trio of new channels to its service area.
Starting today, Cablevision is now offering BBC America, TV One and Reelzchannel to video customers who subscribe to its digital iO package in a number of markets. The channels will be made available throughout the MSO's entire service area by Aug. 25. Deal terms were not disclosed.

Positioned on channel 101, BBC America is launching in some markets today and will be available in standard- and high-definition across Cablevision's entire service area by Thursday. As part of the company's agreement to launch BBC America, Cablevision has also extended its carriage agreement for BBC World News, which is currently found on channel 104.

BBC America -- which recently commissioned its first original series, Copper, which is expected to bow next summer --brings U.S. audiences the latest hits and biggest stars from the UK with a new generation of award-winning dramas, comedies and groundbreaking non-fiction shows. The channel combines established hits, such as Doctor Who, Top Gear, The Graham Norton Show and Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, with the latest buzz shows from across the Pond, such as The Hour, Luther, Bedlam, Friday Night Dinner and 24 Hours in the ER.

"We're thrilled to expand our existing BBC World News partnership with Cablevision to offer BBC America in both standard- and high-definition," said Sandy Ashendorf, executive vice president network distribution, BBC Worldwide America, in announcing the launch. Cablevision's markets are a great fit for BBC America's world class programming and we welcome Cablevision's customers to the channel's growing distribution."
For its part, TV One, positioned on channel 178, proffers a broad range of programming entertains, informs and inspires African-American adult viewers via series, reality TV, music performances and public affairs fare.

"We continue to add high-quality programming to iO TV that reflects the diversity of our customers," noted Bradley Feldman, Cablevision's vice president of video product management. "TV One is a great addition to iO TV and a perfect example of our ability to serve a broad array of interests in the programming we deliver."
"We are excited that Cablevision's customers will now have access to TV One," said Michelle Rice, TV One executive vice president of affiliate sales and marketing. "We thank Cablevision for its commitment to add more diverse programming to its product offerings by launching TV One. The network offers a wide array of compelling programming targeted to the African American adult audience that all Cablevision customers will enjoy."

Now accessible at channel 177, Movie service Reelz helps viewers celebrate the silver screen with a nightly primetime movie, supplemented by miniseries --  the Emmy-nominated The Kennedys and Pillars of the Earth are scheduled for late fall-- and film-centric TV shows.

"We're delighted to launch on Cablevision given their decades-long experience and the value they add to homes in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey," said John deGarmo, Reelz senior vice president of sales and distribution. "Reelz provides viewers with a valuable source of quality original programming dedicated to covering the best in the world of movies and entertainment."