LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Time Warner Cable, a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX), and CBS Corporation's (NYSE:CBS.A) (NYSE:CBS) KCAL 9 today announced the launch of KCAL 9 HD, a new high-definition channel for customers of Time Warner Cable southern California.
Available as part of Time Warner Cable's basic HD service, KCAL 9 HD will be located on Time Warner Cable Channel 409 and will officially debut on Friday, February 2 at 5:30 p.m. with the Los Angeles Lakers' game at Indiana.
All 18 of KCAL's remaining 2006-07 regular season Lakers games, plus Lakers playoff games on KCAL, will be produced in high definition. The announcement coincides with the 30th anniversary of Lakers basketball on KCAL, the team's flagship station.
In addition, KCAL 9 HD plans to deliver all of its 2007 Los Angeles Dodgers game broadcasts in high definition beginning on Friday, March 30 with the Dodgers' Freeway Series game against the Angels.
KCAL 9 HD and sister station CBS 2 HD will also begin producing 11 hours of live, local newscasts in high definition each weekday beginning this spring, when the stations move into their new state-of-the art HD broadcast facility in Studio City, California.
KCAL 9 HD is available at no extra cost to all Time Warner Cable digital customers who have an HD receiver, and joins sister station KCBS (Channel 402), plus KNBC (404), KABC (407), KTTV (411) and KCET (412) on its local HD lineup.
Don Corsini, President & General Manager, KCAL 9 and CBS 2 stated: "The Lakers and Dodgers are two of the most prestigious sports franchises in the world and we are thrilled to be able to partner with Time Warner Cable to deliver pristine, high-definition broadcasts that will significantly add to the fans' viewing experience. It's the dawn of an exciting new era in local sports broadcasting."
"With this launch, Time Warner Cable proudly offers our customers the most complete local HD lineup on the market," said Jeffrey Hirsch, division president, Time Warner Cable. "Time Warner Cable is the first and currently the only cable/satellite service to distribute KCAL in high definition. It's another way Time Warner Cable strives to bring the very best content in the best possible quality to the communities we serve."
On August 1, 2006, Time Warner Cable completed its transaction with Comcast to assume operations for Comcast and Adelphia properties in southern California, making Time Warner Cable the largest cable provider in the Los Angeles market. Since the acquisition, Time Warner Cable has added many new services in southern California including, Dodgers on Demand and access to twenty channels of high-definition programming. For more information on Time Warner Cable, please visit our web site at www.timewarnercable.com
About KCAL 9
The winner of more local Emmy awards than any other station in the region over the past seven years, KCAL 9 is the leading broadcaster of local news and sports programming in Southern California. KCAL 9 produces six-and-a-half hours of live local newscasts each weekday and is the home of the nation's first three-hour, primetime local news broadcast. In addition, the station serves the community with newscasts at Noon, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. each weekday. In addition to its extensive Lakers and Dodgers coverage, KCAL 9 also airs the John R. Wooden Classic and, along with CBS 2, serves as the broadcast home of Special Olympics Southern California. In all, KCAL provides coverage of more than 100 major sporting events each year. Collectively, KCAL 9 and CBS 2 serve the Southland by broadcasting nearly 70 hours of live local news and sports news programming per week.
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable owns and manages cable systems serving 13.5 million subscribers in 33 states. Passing approximately 26 million homes, Time Warner Cable includes some of the most technologically advanced and best-clustered cable systems in the country, with nearly 85 percent of the Company's customers located in five geographic regions: New York, Texas, Ohio, the Carolinas and southern California. Leveraging its leadership in innovation and quality customer care, Time Warner Cable delivers advanced products and services such as video on demand, high definition television, digital video recorders, high-speed data and Digital Phone. Time Warner Cable is a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX).