CNN Launches Interactive TV Service for DISH Network Subscribers
ATLANTA and INGLEWOOD, Colo., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- CNN and EchoStar Communications Corporation today announced the availability of CNN Enhanced TV, a new content-rich interactive news service offering through EchoStar's DISH Network(TM) satellite TV service. With CNN Enhanced TV, DISH Network subscribers can get the latest headlines and images from CNN.com in conjunction with CNN/U.S. programming on DISH Network's "DishHOME" on channel 100.
"CNN Enhanced TV furthers CNN's commitment to providing viewers with greater access to our extensive television news coverage, along with the top- notch reports and services available through CNN.com," said Kevin Cohen, senior vice president, Strategic Planning, Corporate and Technology Strategy for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. "This application offers our viewers an interactive news experience, enabling them to not only benefit from our extensive televised coverage but also take advantage of the extensive resources of CNN.com, all without leaving their television sets."
Built by OpenTV Corp., one of the world's leading providers of digital television systems and applications, CNN Enhanced TV enables DISH Network subscribers to view graphically rich headlines and stories, vote in polls and review on-air schedules through a compelling user interface, all while viewing CNN/U.S. CNN Enhanced TV will make many of the latest stories from CNN.com available at any given time across a range of categories, including Top Stories, U.S. & World, Technology & Science, Sports, Showbiz & Health and Business.
"The CNN Enhanced TV application furthers DISH Network's standing as a leader in ITV," said Eric Sahl, senior vice president of programming of DISH Network. "The application is an extraordinary addition to DISH Network's advanced 25 virtual and enhanced ITV channels."
Using their remote controls, DISH Network customers can reach the CNN Enhanced TV channel through "DishHOME" on DISH Network channel 100 or by pressing "select" when a CNN Enhanced TV commercial is shown on DISH Network. In the future, users will be able to access the CNN Enhanced TV application whenever they tune into CNN/U.S. located on channel 200. There is no additional fee to DISH Network subscribers for access to CNN Enhanced TV.
CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is one of the world's most respected and trusted sources for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; four Web sites, including CNN.com, the first major news and information Web site; CNN Pipeline, an on-demand broadband video service; CNN Newsource, the world's most extensively syndicated news service; and partnerships for four television networks and one Web site.
EchoStar Communications Corporation serves more than 12 million satellite TV customers through its DISH Network(TM), the fastest growing U.S. provider of advanced digital television services in the last five years. DISH Network offers hundreds of video and audio channels, Interactive TV, HDTV, sports and international programming, together with professional installation and 24-hour customer service. Visit EchoStar's DISH Network at http://www.dishnetwork.com/ or call 1-800-333-DISH (3474).
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