Cablevision Launches iO Search

To search for and find programming across both linear cable channels and the thousands of titles available on demand

November 16, 2009

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BETHPAGE, N.Y. -- Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) today announced the successful launch of iO Search, a significant free enhancement available to digital cable customers across the company’s entire service area that makes it easy to quickly and accurately search for and find programming across both linear cable channels and the thousands of titles available on demand.

iO Search is accessible through both iO Shortcuts, by pressing the “C” button on the remote control, and through the main iO TV user interface menu, and allows customers to use a virtual keypad to enter in search terms and quickly find programming based on a show’s title, genre, performers, network or other attributes. The service is fast and results are displayed beginning with the first character entered, and refined as the customer inputs additional information. Searches can be “saved” for future use and customers can quickly navigate from the search page to the programming, launch an on demand title or even set their DVR to record the show.

“This is a significant free enhancement to our digital cable service that we believe will be enormously popular with our customers, especially in today’s environment, with hundreds of channels and thousands of VOD titles available at all times,” said Gary Schanman, Cablevision’s senior vice president of video product management. “We want to improve the television viewing experience by helping our customers navigate through the enormous amount of choice and diversity of programming they enjoy today, and iO Search is a powerful tool that will make it easier for our customers to find what they’re looking for and discover new content in the process.”

iO Search is available to customers with a digital set-top box. With nearly 2.9 million iO TV customers, more than 94 percent of Cablevision’s cable customers are iO TV digital cable customers, the highest digital penetration in the nation. iO TV offers customers access to more than 400 channels, including 53 premium movie channels, 46 channels of commercial-free digital music, more than 6,000 titles available on demand at all times, an interactive programming guide, more than 100 free high-definition programming services and uniquely valuable and relevant local content through News 12, MSG Varsity and their corresponding interactive television applications.

Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC)

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