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Optimum Lightpath Launches Lightpath Managed Video Service as Complete Ethernet Solution for Video
Aug 19, 2008 (08:08 AM EDT)


JERICHO, N.Y., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Optimum Lightpath(SM), an industry leader in providing advanced Ethernet-based communications services over its Intelligent Enterprise Network, today announced the launch and availability of Lightpath Managed Video service, a complete video service that provides connectivity as well as encoding and decoding of digital video. Optimum Lightpath brings its innovative mileage neutral, flat rate pricing and transport resiliency to the video market, with the launch of the service. Its unique flat rate pricing model will enable businesses to save significantly over traditional video services.

Lightpath Managed Video service is purpose-built to directly address the needs of the media sector, including production facilities, broadcasters, television stations, and content distributors, as well as non-media organizations, such as healthcare facilities, municipalities and enterprises with high-resolution "broadcast quality" video requirements, such as security surveillance and video conferencing. The new offering is ideally suited for file-based media and content transfers, utilizing the advantages of Carrier class Ethernet's resiliency to packet loss and jitter. Additionally, the service does not require any transport protocol conversions.

"With the launch of our Lightpath Managed Video service, Optimum Lightpath now offers a complete and unsurpassed suite of both managed and transport video services designed to meet the needs of the broadcast, entertainment and enterprise markets, who are embracing IP as an enabler of information and content distribution," said Dave Pistacchio, General Manager, Optimum Lightpath. "This service offers a true alternative to traditional video services and a more economical alternative to satellite. Additionally, we are able to leverage our state-of-the-art fiber optic network to offer our customers greater flexibility, resiliency and simplicity than any other provider in the market."

"As the world's largest provider of integrated global services for the creation, management and distribution of media content, Ascent Media is eagerly awaiting the delivery of the Optimum Lightpath Managed Video service," said Joe Garzillo, Vice President of Network Resources at Ascent Media. "In contrast to other providers, Optimum Lightpath's flat rate pricing and its Ethernet-based fiber network across the New York Metropolitan area set it apart. Additionally, Optimum Lightpath is currently one of our top suppliers of fiber delivery services, and based on their superior customer service and support, this new Managed Video service will be an excellent fit for our ever growing network."

Lightpath Managed Video service is the newest addition to Optimum Lightpath's Video Services Portfolio, which also includes Lightpath Video Transport, a dedicated Layer 2 point-to-point service designed for broadcast quality video transport. The new service electronically accepts, transports and delivers native compressed and uncompressed digital video in common industry formats including Asynchronous Serial Interface (ASI), Standard Definition Serial Digital Interface (SD-SDI) and High Definition Serial Digital Interface (HD-SDI). It also includes a fully redundant protected connection for unsurpassed resiliency and reliability.

Optional features for the service include Multiple ASI, which allows aggregation of up to four individual ASI feeds into a single IP-based Ethernet IP encoder; and Linear Service, which provides a dedicated linear service for uncompressed SDI 270, uncompressed HD-SDI video and ASI.

Lightpath Managed Video service customers will realize the added benefits of Optimum Lightpath's Intelligent Enterprise Network, including:

-- Nation's most advanced 100 percent fully fiber optic network -- Superior network reliability -- Highly flexible bandwidth options -- Less than 50 ms resiliency -- Monitoring and network management 24/7 -- Award-winning customer service

To learn more about Lightpath Managed Video service, including features, pricing, benefits and more, please visit http://www.optimumlightpath.com .

About Optimum Lightpath

Optimum Lightpath(SM), a division of Cablevision Systems Corporation http://www.optimumlightpath.com , is an industry leader in providing advanced Ethernet-based data, Internet, voice, video transport solutions and managed services to businesses across the New York metropolitan area. Optimum Lightpath's Intelligent Enterprise Network is a highly reliable, resilient and scalable fiber-to-the-business-premises network extending more than 2,750 route miles and is connected to over 2,800 buildings. Exclusively focused on meeting customer needs in the world's largest business market for 20 years, Optimum Lightpath has been continually recognized for its high level of customer service. For 10 straight years, the New York State Public Service Commission has given Optimum Lightpath its Commendation of Excellence. Optimum Lightpath has received many industry awards for innovation and leadership. For more information, visit .

About Cablevision

Cablevision Systems Corporation is one of the nation's leading media and entertainment companies. Its cable television operations serve more than 3 million households in the New York metropolitan area. The company's advanced telecommunications offerings include its iO TV(R) digital television, Optimum Online(R) high-speed Internet, Optimum Voice(R) digital voice-over- cable, and its Optimum Lightpath integrated business communications services. Cablevision operates several successful programming businesses, including AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv, through Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, and serves the New York area as publisher of Newsday and other niche publications through Newsday LLC. In addition to these businesses, Cablevision owns Madison Square Garden and its sports teams, the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. The company also operates New York's famed Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, and the Chicago Theatre, and owns and operates Clearview Cinemas.

Media Contacts: Jennifer Moritz Charlstie Laytin Zer0 to 5ive for Optimum Lightpath Cablevision 917-748-4006 516-803-2357 jmoritz@0to5.com claytin@cablevision.com

CONTACT: Jennifer Moritz of Zer0 to 5ive for Optimum Lightpath, jmoritz@0to5.com+1-917-748-4006, ; or Charlstie Laytin of Cablevision,+1-516-803-2357,

Web site: http://www.optimumlightpath.com/