A little too late but here is the official News Release:
STARZ! HD Added to VOOM(SM) HDTV Service - Offers Commercial-Free, New Hit Movies in High-Def
New STARZ PlusPack Offers 8 STARZ! and Encore Channels,
Including East and West Feeds of STARZ! HD for Only $14.90 Per Month
Industry-First Carriage of Leading HD Hit Movie Channel on DBS Platform
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. and JERICHO, N.Y., Dec. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Starz Encore
Group LLC (Starz) and VOOM, the high-definition (HD) television service from
Rainbow DBS, Cablevision Systems Corporation's satellite division, announced
that VOOM has become the first satellite operator to launch STARZ! HD, the
Hi-Def version of STARZ!, the premium channel that is "#1 in New Hit Movies."
VOOM carries both the East and West Coast feeds of STARZ! HD, in addition
to the standard definition versions of STARZ! (East), STARZ! Family (East),
Encore (East), Love Stories (East), Mystery (East), and Action (East), as part
of its new STARZ PlusPack, available for only $14.90 per month with the VOOM
"STARZ! HD is a perfect addition to the impressive array of HD programming
VOOM has assembled. Movies have always been the locomotive driving DBS. In
the world of Hi-Def this will continue to be the case," said Starz Encore
Group President of Sales & Marketing Robert B. Clasen. "At an attractive
price point for both STARZ! HD feeds and a host of other Starz channels, VOOM
is positioned with a very strong movie-based PlusPack with STARZ! -- the home
of: 'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,' 'Finding Nemo,' 'Chicago,' 'Anger
Management,' and more."
"The HD format provides the ultimate showcase for movies, which is why we
are so pleased to be the first DBS company to offer STARZ! HD," said Mickey
Alpert, chief operating officer of Rainbow DBS. "VOOM customers will now have
access to even more great movies the way they were meant to be seen and at a
great value when STARZ! HD is combined with a number of additional great SD
channels from Starz in a VOOM Plus Pack."
STARZ! HD, transmitted in wide-screen 16x9 1080i with Dolby Digital
5.1 sound, is the Hi-Def version of the flagship STARZ! service, showcasing a
mix of recent Hollywood hits and other popular films.
Starz is the largest provider of premium movie services in the United
States with approximately 144 million pay units. Starz offerings include the
Starz Super Pak(R), with up to 13 digital movie channels and more than
750 movies per month, Starz On Demand(R), the only on-demand pay TV
subscription service available on cable, satellite, and broadband platforms,
and a suite of advanced video offerings, including STARZ! HD(SM), STARZ!
Hi Ressm, and Starz On Demand HD(SM). Starz is a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Liberty Media Corporation (NYSE: L, LMCb), http://www.starzencore.com .
VOOM is the first and most complete service of high-definition programming
for the rapidly expanding home entertainment market. By February 2004, VOOM
will offer 39 premium high-definition channels to consumers across the
continental United States, including an exclusive VOOM package of
21 brand-new, commercial-free channels such as WorldSport, Epics and Animania.
VOOM is provided by Rainbow DBS, the satellite services division of
Cablevision Systems Corporation. Consumers may purchase the VOOM equipment
and sign up for the service through local Sears retailers, by calling
1-800-GETVOOM, or by visiting http://www.voom.com .
VOOM STARZ PlusPak
STARZ! HD (East)
STARZ! HD (West)
STARZ! Family (East)
Love Stories (East)
Starz Encore Group
Starz Encore Group
SOURCE Starz Encore Group LLC (Starz); VOOM
Web Site: http://www.starzencore.com