June 24, 2008
Crown Media Holdings Announces Agreement With Cox Communications for Right to Carry Hallmark Movie Channel in HD
Mindy Tucker, 914-725-8128
Nancy Carr, 818-755-2643
Crown Media Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRWN), owner and operator of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel, today announced it has entered into a multi-year agreement with Cox Communications for the right to distribute the High Definition version of Hallmark Movie Channel. Cox currently distributes Hallmark Channel and the Standard Definition version of Hallmark Movie Channel.
"We are pleased to announce this new agreement with Cox, one of Crown Media's most important partners in supporting our efforts to provide the very best in quality, family-friendly programming," said Henry Schleiff, President and CEO, Crown Media Holdings, Inc. "Hallmark Movie Channel offers audiences the greatest family movies of all time and we are happy to be presenting this wonderful programming in a vivid and compelling new HD format at a time when there is a growing demand for family-friendly programming. Most importantly, we are excited to be able to join with our distribution partners to offer this new opportunity to our viewers."
About Crown Media Holdings
Crown Media Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRWN) owns and operates cable television channels dedicated to high quality, broad appeal, entertainment programming. The Company currently operates and distributes Hallmark Channel in the U.S. to 83 million subscribers. The program service is distributed through 5,450 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country. Hallmark Channel consistently ranks among the top ten ad- supported cable networks in Prime Time and Total Day household ratings and is the nation's leading network in providing quality family programming. Crown Media also operates a second 24-hour linear channel, Hallmark Movie Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel HD which launched in April of 2008. Significant investors in Crown Media Holdings include: Hallmark Entertainment Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Incorporated, Liberty Media Corp., and J.P. Morgan Partners (BHCA), LP, each through their investments in Hallmark Entertainment Investments Co.; VISN Management Corp., a for- profit subsidiary of the National Interfaith Cable Coalition; and The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
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