Cox Customers in San Diego and Northern Virgina Now Enjoying HDTV; Revolutionary New Video Service Now Available in Five Cox Markets
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 15, 2002--Cox Communications, Inc. (NYSE: COX) today announced the availability of its High Definition Television service in two new markets - Northern Virginia and San Diego, California.
Cox began offering HD service in upgraded areas of Fairfax County, Virginia in early October, and launched the service in San Diego this week. Cox now delivers HD service in a total of five markets. HDTV from Cox is also available in Omaha, Las Vegas and Phoenix. The five markets represent more than one-third of the company's homes passed.
"We are excited to deliver the revolutionary picture and sound available with HD service to our customers in these additional markets. We know that more and more consumers are investing in advanced home theatre systems, and with HD service now available on up to six channels in each market, those customers can access movies, sports, and other entertainment programming in a way they've never seen it before," said Lynne Elander, vice president, video product development.
In Northern Virginia, Cox's initial HDTV lineup includes local affiliates of ABC and NBC, plus HBO, Showtime and Discovery High Definition Theater. In San Diego, Cox is currently carrying local affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS, plus HBO and Showtime. In each of the markets where Cox is offering HD service, local network broadcasts in HDTV are offered to customers at no additional service charge beyond their subscription to Cox Digital Cable. The equipment required to receive the signals is either sold or leased, depending on Cox market. HBO and Showtime programming in HD is available at no additional charge to those customers who subscribe to those premium channels, and the new Discovery HD Theater is sold as an a-la-carte premium channel in several markets.
Cox is continuing to expand the delivery of HD services to markets nationwide. The expansion reflects the growing number of HD sets in consumer homes and Cox's support of the FCC's efforts to promote the proliferation of digital television.
"This has been a big year for HDTV, but we foresee that 2003 will be even bigger as more and more consumers purchase HDTV sets and as programmers deliver more content," said Elander. "Cox continues to make sure that we remain the premier provider of home video entertainment in our markets by offering the best product and the greatest value."
About Cox Communications
Cox Communications (NYSE: COX), a Fortune 500 company, is a multi-service broadband communications company serving approximately 6.3 million customers nationwide. Cox is the nation's fifth-largest cable television provider, and offers both traditional analog video programming under the Cox Cable brand as well as advanced digital video programming under the Cox Digital Cable brand. Cox provides an array of other communications and entertainment services, including local and long distance telephone under the Cox Digital Telephone brand; high-speed Internet access under the brands Cox High Speed Internet and Cox Express; and commercial voice and data services via Cox Business Services, LLC. Cox is an investor in programming networks including Discovery Channel. More information about Cox Communications can be accessed on the Internet at www.cox.com.
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