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INHD Crosses the Million Household Threshold With Commitment to Add 100 New Hours of Native HD Programming a Month
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LOS ANGELES, July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- After crossing a major threshold of one million high definition television (HDTV) households, HD cable network INHD announced today that it will celebrate the milestone with a commitment to bring its viewers over 100 hours of new programming every month. The multi- channel network is among the most widely distributed HD networks, and is currently available to over 45 million cable subscribers. The announcement was made by Rob Jacobson, President and CEO of INHD parent company, iN DEMAND Networks.

"We're pleased with the tremendous progress we made since launching the network last September, especially the growth in households and their high satisfaction with the network," said Jacobson. "We realize that building on these achievements will require a major investment in programming and to that end we are stepping up to the plate with some major new additions to the schedule."

As part of the commitment, INHD has announced the start of production of five new original series, each produced in the 1080i HD format:

Hollywood Walks is an exciting new program where everyone's favorite motion picture, television and recording personalities get their "star" along Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame. Hollywood Walks showcases the entire induction ceremony, featuring an insider's view of the famed boulevard and reaction from fans as they witness the unveiling of that golden star.

Reel Look takes INHD viewers for a stroll along the "Red Carpet" with entertainment reporter/host Kristin Martin who talks it up with Hollywood stars and insiders attending their latest movie premieres, award shows or film festivals. Reel Look is a 30-minute segment with a new show scheduled twice each month.

Fields of Glory is a new series which captures the spirit, excitement, and passion of College Football today. Each 30-minute episode showcases a different stadium, the history, the traditions and the time-honored rituals that are at the heart of college football. From the revered Grotto of Notre Dame to the excitement of Michigan's Big House; from the famous Hedges at Georgia to what has been called "the most exciting 25 seconds in college football" -- the Clemson Tigers infamous run from the Hill to Death Valley.

Go! is a the new monthly series that provides an intimate and edgy look at how we get from here to there, from fundamental modes of transportation, to the world's most exotic, high-end toys, from driving schools to skydiving and from antique cars to private Ferrari collections. Ride along with host Mel Sellick as Go! covers it all in exciting high definition. The latest installment of this series premieres Sunday July 25th at 8:30pm on INHD2.

Major League Ballparks: Cathedrals of the Game is a behind-the-scenes profile of 14 stadiums, each episode a separate history of the local teams and the hometowns, highlighting the legacy of the classic ballparks and the majesty of modern stadiums. The show captures the nostalgia of each ballpark, providing fans with an epic baseball story like never before. A fifteenth episode profiles the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The series, which will be exclusive to INHD and its cable affiliates, will premiere in July and is a co- production of INHD and Major Leagues Baseball.

Additional original programming will be presented throughout the year through INHD's partnerships with the following providers:

Major League Baseball: Up to three games a week and a total of 75 MLB games in high definition in 2004. The extensive HD schedule includes a majority of the league's teams, including the 2003 World Series champion Florida Marlins, the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies. Games are available in wide-screen, high-resolution format and feature Dolby Digital 5.1 audio when available. Due to blackout restrictions, viewers must reside outside of the competing teams' territorial broadcast areas to see the MLB on INHD high definition telecasts.

Olympic Treasures: For Olympic fans and history buffs, INHD has an historic agreement with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to restore, transfer, convert and broadcast official archival films from more than 16 Summer and Winter Olympic Games. This is the first time the USOC which has allowed these priceless official films to be converted to HD.

Olympic Games include: the 1948 London Games (the first post-WWII games); the 1948 St. Moritz Games (Gretchen Fraser becomes first American to win gold in Skiing); the 1956 Melbourne Games (USA's Bobby Morrow wins three gold medals in Track and Field); the 1960 Rome Games (featuring Cassius Clay and Wilma Rudolph); the 1960 Squaw Valley Games (the first gold medal for the U.S. in ice hockey); the 1964 Tokyo Games (Bob Hayes becomes the "World's Fastest Human"); the 1964 Innsbruck Games (the Austrian Army saves the Games by trucking snow and ice to competition sites); 1968 Mexico City Games (Bob Beamon and Dick Fosbury and the "Fosbury Flop"); the 1972 Munich Olympics (Mark Spitz's seven gold medals); the 1972 Sapporo Games (the first Winter Olympics held outside Europe or the U.S.); the 1976 Montreal Games (Nadia Comaneci's "Perfect 10" achieves gold); 1976 Innsbruck Games (19-year-old Dorothy Hamill wins Gold in Figure Skating); the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics (the "Miracle on Ice" for USA Hockey); the 1984 Los Angeles Games (USA dominates in Communist-block boycott); the 1988 Seoul Games (Greg Louganis' double-gold in diving; Florence Griffith-Joyner dominates the sprints); and the 1992 Barcelona Games (the first USA Basketball Dream Team).

IMAX Films: INHD features a series of 70 mm films, which were originally presented in IMAX(R) Theaters. The IMAX film dubs used in the transfer to 1080i widescreen allow INHD to deliver a high-resolution visual display that will come as close as possible to recreating the IMAX theatre experience.

The series features the highly acclaimed Ocean Oasis and Ring of Fire. Ocean Oasis takes the viewer on a dive to the Sea of Cortes with whales, dolphins, sharks and giant manta rays, then soars to the breathtaking snow- capped peaks of Baja California, amid the pristine beauty of the nearby tropical desert. Ring of Fire is a highly riveting story of the seismic activity along the ring of the Pacific Ocean depicting the immense volcanic forces within close proximity of a population of more than a half-billion. Other titles that are included in the package are Adventures in Wild California, Tropical Rainforest, Ultimate G's, Beavers, Dolphins, Super Speedway, Africa: The Serengeti, The Living Sea, Discovers, To the Limit, Journey Into Amazing Caves, Magic of Flight, Speed, Amazon, Stormchasers, Antarctica, Alaska: Spirit of the Wild, and Australia: Land Beyond Time, and Chronos.

Commercial-Free Major Motion Pictures in HD: You can always count on INHD to deliver top quality commercial free movies. Some of the titles featured this month include, A Clockwork Orange, Omen IV: The Awakening, Porky's Revenge, Lord of the Flies, The Candidate, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and The Man With Two Brains.

Farther Than the Eye Can See: This award winning film, which is the story of blind mountaineer Erik Weihenmayer's renowned climb of Mt. Everest in 2001, is an INHD exclusive and the first HD documentary ever created from the top of Everest. This dramatic and riveting story landed Weihenmayer on the covers of both Outside magazine and TIME.

The Twilight Zone: The 21st Century incarnation of this critically acclaimed original series that was an instant hit following its debut in 1959. The 43 new episodes, hosted by award-winning actor Forest Whitaker, features well-known actors in unique and daring stories of suspense.

College Sports: INHD has teamed up with CSTV: College Sports Television to broadcast top collegiate sports telecasts in HD, including 27 Division I athletic conferences, including the Atlantic 10, Big East, Big Sky, Big Ten, Big 12, Big West, Conference USA, Ivy League, Mountain West, Sun Belt, WAC and West Coast.

INHD is cable television's first multi-channel 24/7 linear-scheduled network that features commercial-free movies, professional and college sports and general interest programming all which maximize the HD television experience. INHD provides superior images and sound and more native HD programming than any other network. INHD is owned and operated by iN DEMAND Networks. Company shareholders are Comcast iN DEMAND Holdings, Inc., Cox Communications, Inc. and Time Warner Entertainment -- Advance/Newhouse Partnership. INHD and INHD2 are available on Adelphia, Bright House, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, and Time Warner cable systems. Further information about INHD can be found on the Internet at http://www.inhd.com/.

CONTACT: Joe Boyle, +1-646-638-8206, or Maggie Cortes, +1-646-638-8252,[email protected]

Web site: http://www.inhd.com/

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