EastLink Expands High Definition Choice with addition of 12 new channels

    HALIFAX, Sept. 22 /CNW/ - EastLink will provide customers with more high
definition channels with its announcement today that it will launch 12 NEW HD
channels. Six of the 12 channels are now available in select areas (check
eastlink.ca for availability), while the remainder will launch soon.
    "This addition to the HD channel line-up will provide customers with more
opportunity to watch their favorite shows for a superior viewing experience,"
says Ian Lezama, Director of Marketing. "It is an exciting time as customers
are increasingly looking to experience all of EastLink's expanded
entertainment options including high definition and OnDemand programming."
    Beginning today, the HD channels listed below will be added to EastLink's
HD channel pack. Subscription to the standard definition version of these
channels (Time Zone Pak) is required to receive the HD version.

    - Fox West (channel 660): HD Equivalent to Fox West
    - NBC West (channel 661): HD Equivalent to NBC West
    - ABC West (channel 662): HD Equivalent to ABC West
    - CBS West (channel 663): HD Equivalent to CBS West

    EastLink will also launch Speed HD (channel 620) and a PPV HD (channel
695). Speed HD is the HD Equivalent to the Speed Channel and will be available
as a Freeview to all digital cable customers with an HD ready Digital Cable
box for a limited time.
    Coming soon! HD Extra Pak - provides the best unique HD programming for
just $6.95 per month.

    - Discovery HD: Discovery HD is filled with High Definition programs that
      explore the fascinating worlds of nature, science and technology, and
    - HDNet: HDNet is your exclusive, high definition home for popular,
      critically acclaimed original programming, including television's only
      HD news feature programs HDNet.
    - Oasis: Oasis HD is the first nature channel committed to continuous,
      clutter-free programming, showcasing the endless beauty of the natural
      world. Oasis HD lets viewers explore, reflect, and embrace the essence
      of our exquisite planet, with stories woven together from the finest
      Canadian and international documentary programming available.
    - Equator: Equator HD brings the world's most intriguing places and
      people into intimate and personal contact, with exclusive stories of
      remote cultures, rare geography and unique rituals that hold a mirror
      to ourselves and how we interact with the planet.
    - Rush : Rush HD is Canada's high-octane, no-fear, no-limits extreme
      sports HD Channel, exploring the human need to completely ignore our
      physical limits.
    - Treasure: Treasure HD is about exploration, the thrill of the hunt, and
      the joy of discovering that rare unique find. From the sunken treasures
      off the Florida Keys to incredible flea market finds; from the
      eccentric collection of The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to a
      compilation of every Pez dispenser made, Treasure HD takes you there.

    HDTV delivers significantly higher picture resolution, richer colour, and
Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. TV images on an EastLink HDTV Digital Box
have over five times the resolution of standard analogue television and images
are wide-screen for the full cinematic experience.
    For information on the availability of the new HD offering, EastLink
Digital Cable, or other products and services, visit www.eastlink.ca or call
toll free 1-888-345-1111 in NS and PEI or 1-866-737-7662 in NL.

    About EastLink

    Operating from its headquarters in Halifax, Nova Scotia, EastLink is the
fifth largest cable company in Canada and was the first to offer customers
local telephone service over a state-of-the-art digital network. EastLink is
one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies with more than 850 employees who
provide a range of communications, entertainment & advertising services to
residential, business and public sector customers across the Atlantic
Provinces. For more information on EastLink products and services, please
visit www.eastlink.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Paula Sibley, Communications Specialist,
EastLink, (902) 446-1939, Fax: (902) 453-2118, paula.sibley@corp.eastlink.ca

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