- Sep 8, 2003
From our friends at SkyReport.com
Rainbow DBS, Cablevision's satellite TV division, said it will introduce its Voom DBS service on Oct. 15 with a comprehensive slate of HDTV programming.
The offering will have as many as 39 HD channels, including an exclusive package of 21 HD channels from Rainbow Media. In addition, as many as 88 cable/satellite channels will be provided in standard-definition format, along with local digital over-the-air programming.
Hardware for the Voom service will include a satellite dish and set-top receiver manufactured by Motorola, as well as a digital antenna for local broadcast signals. In markets with local HDTV programming, local channels will be integrated into the same user interface with Voom offerings, the company said.
The company also announced that satellite TV veteran Mickey Alpert will lead Rainbow DBS as senior executive vice president and chief operating officer, reporting to Cablevision Chairman Charles F. Dolan. CableFAX Daily reported that former DirecTV executive Bill Casamo will serve as executive vice president of marketing and sales, and Jay Aldrich will work as executive vice president of finance.
CableFAX also reported that Voom is slated to launch into beta-test homes today.
Customers who want to be among the first to subscribe to the Voom service can submit contact information beginning today at http://www.voom.com.