September 2, 2008
Cox Communications Expands International Programming and Calling Plans
HERNDON, Va., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Cox Communications Northern Virginia continues its commitment to provide the broadest combination of free and paid international programming and calling plan options in Fairfax, Va. The company recently launched an enhanced international offering of 13 additional digital channels and a low-rate calling plan that includes 60 free minutes monthly to 16 countries in parts of South Asia, China, Japan, the Philippines and Europe.
(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080717/NETH028LOGO )The new lineup, which launched Aug. 29, offers a diverse range of content including the best South Asian (Sony TV and STAR India PLUS, STAR India GOLD and STAR ONE), Asian (GMA Pinoy, CTI-Zhong Tian Channel, Phoenix North America Chinese Channel, TV Japan and MYX), Russian-language (Channel 1 Russia and RTN), French (TV5MONDE) and Italian-language (RAITALIA) programming. With the new digital international programming, Cox customers have access to more than 34 international channels.
Customers subscribing to one of the new international premium channels can also bundle that with the Cox International 60 calling plan and easily reach friends and family in South Asia, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines and Europe. The calling plan includes 60 free minutes every month, plus reduced per minute rates that can translate into a monthly savings of $4.20 to $21 depending on the country called.
"This is another exciting opportunity to give our customers the total communications and entertainment experience that they won't get with other providers," said Christine Pantoya, vice president marketing and sales. "They can watch their favorite programs in language, and call friends and family around the world to share in their day-to-day experiences all from the comfort of their home."
Customers can realize even greater savings by selecting an international premium in combination with the Cox International 60 calling plan. Packages start at under $56 and provide viewers with access to more than 250 all digital channels; over 100 free high definition (HD) programming choices; a Cox On DEMAND library of over 6,000 programs (movies -- including Bollywood titles, kid-friendly programming, sports, concerts, music videos and more); 60 free direct-dial minutes monthly to 16 countries with exceptional voice quality over Cox's 99.9 percent reliable network; and more. To get the new digital international premium channels and take advantage of the new Cox International 60 calling plan, consumers must subscribe to Cox basic phone and digital video services.
Cox, Making a difference
Each year Cox Northern Virginia contributes about $14 million in cash and in-kind contributions to schools, nonprofits and other organizations across its service area. With a keen focus on supporting diversity in Northern Virginia, Cox assisted over 150 local organizations through financial support and free on-air time in 2007.
Cox Communications ranked 6th on DiversityInc magazine's 2008 list of Top 50 Companies for Diversity(R). The list is determined through a comprehensive survey that measures CEO commitment, corporate communications and supplier diversity.
Recently, the National Association for Multi.ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) awarded Cox Communications first place for its multicultural print advertising campaign.
About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company with more than 6.2 million total residential and commercial customers. The third-largest cable television company in the United States, Cox offers an array of advanced digital video, high-speed Internet and telephony services over its own nationwide IP network, as well as integrated wireless services. Cox Business is a full-service, facilities- based provider of communications solutions for commercial customers, providing high-speed Internet, voice and long distance services, as well as data and video transport services for small to large-sized businesses. Cox Media offers national and local cable advertising in traditional spot and new media formats, along with promotional opportunities and production services. Cox Communications wholly owns and operates the Travel Channel. More information about the services of Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at http://www.cox.com/, http://www.coxbusiness.com/, and http://www.coxmedia.com/.
Cox Digital International Premium Channels Network Channel Short Descriptions Position Sony TV (SET Asia) 270 A Hindi-language channel providing high- (South Asian) quality, family-based programming including: family dramas, action-packed thrillers, lifestyle programs, game shows, live concerts, talk shows, cricket matches and more. STAR ONE 274 The next generation of Hindi (South Asian) entertainment targeting young, urban Indian audiences and offering a divers mix of original programs across a wide range of genres. STAR India PLUS 275 India's number one cable channel for (South Asian) seven consecutive years, it has redefined Hindi television entertainment with top shows like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Bidaai and Nach Baliye. STAR India GOLD 276 Highly popular Indian movie channel that (South Asian) has one of India's largest Hindi movie libraries. GMA Pinoy 282 24-hour general interest channel in the (Filipino) Filipino language. Offers a terrific variety of popular genres including travel, sporting events and long-running shows like Eat Bulaga and the Bubble Gang gag show. CTI-Zhong Tian 284 Features up-to-the-minute news programs Channel and features, financial information and a (Chinese) variety of entertaining programs. Phoenix North 285 Features up-to-the-minute news, current America Chinese affairs, financial market updates, Channel variety shows and dramas from China, Hong (Mandarin Chinese) Kong and Taiwan. Programs include Good Morning China, City Complex, Trendy Guide, Perfect Match and more. TV Japan 287 Brings the best in Japanese programming (Japanese) to the U.S. like live news reports broadcast in Japanese and English, Sumo wrestling, period dramas, major sports events and important Japanese films. Channel 1 Russia 293 A diverse mix of programming, including (Russian) news and documentaries, talk shows, feature films presentations, game shows and sports from the most known TV brand in Russian television. RTN 294 Provides the highest quality 24-hour (Russian) Russian language television in North America including popular programs like Vesti, Novosti Culturi, game shows, talk shows, Russian movies and soap operas. TV5MONDE 295 An international French language channel (French) with programming from France, Switzerland, Belgium, Quebec, Canada and French-speaking Africa promoting the rich diversity of the French-speaking world. RAITALIA 296 Exciting Italian television programming (Italian) 24-hours a day. Offering a rich and varied selection of the best shows from its three Italian networks, including the latest series, variety shows and cultural events as well as live news and Series A Soccer coverage. MYX 464 The ultimate music video and lifestyle (English with some channel for young Asian Americans. A 24- Asian language hour channel that entertains with an music content) eclectic mix of music fusing mainstream hits, the biggest jams from Asia and a healthy dose of independent music.
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