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CABLEVISION SYSTEMS' YONKERS SYSTEM TO DELIVER ELECTRONIC SUPERHIGHWAY OF EXPANDED SERVICES TO CABLE TV SUBSCRIBERS WITH SCIENTIFIC-ATLANTA'S NEW 8600X HOME COMMUNICATIONS TERMINALS

 Cablevision Systems Orders 50,000 Digital-Ready 8600X HCTs
 ATLANTA, April 21 /PRNewswire/ --In one of the first moves to bring the benefits of the electronic superhighway directly into the home, Cablevision Systems Corporation has ordered 50,000 digital-ready Scientific-Atlanta Model 8600XTM Home Communications Terminals for its Yonkers, N.Y., system to deliver a variety of new and future video services.
 "We are ushering in a true home communications terminal that not only has the most advanced features to generate additional revenues but also a logical migration strategy to digital compression," said Bill Quinn, president of Cablevision Systems. "Of key importance to subscribers, the 8600X Home Communications Terminal can solve the consumer friendly interface issues of watching and recording scrambled channels simultaneously as well picture in picture support," Quinn added.
 Some of the new features of the 8600X Home Communications Terminal of particular interest to Cablevision Systems include an electronic program guide, expanded pay-per-view for near movie on demand; easy VCR programming with the optional VCR CommanderTM controller; on-screen menus and graphics with several type sizes and fonts; downloadable software to upgrade the units as new services are available; upgradeability through GeniusTM cards to add memory to support interactive games and other services; and "virtual channels" which require no bandwidth for services such as stock quotes and sports scores.
 The Model 8600X terminal, available this summer, builds upon the on-screen communications capabilities of the successful 8600TM terminal. The 8600X terminal incorporates the easy to use features of the 8600X terminal with a variety of additional features that will produce increased customer satisfaction and added revenue streams for operators.
 "Cablevision Systems has made a wise long-term investment in the 8600X terminal because this equipment has the intelligence and the upgradeable features to extend its life beyond any ordinary digital terminal," said Gary Trimm, president of the Subscriber Systems Division in Scientific-Atlanta's Broadband Communications Group. "Subscribers in Yonkers will enjoy the many easy-to-use features and the future services of the 8600X terminal which will mean happier customers and more revenue for Cablevision Systems."
 These features include:
 -- Digital upgradeability through a digital docking station for the 8600X terminal. The 8600X terminal can simply be inserted into the docking station to expand the number of channels and services as a result of digital compression. Operators can purchase the 8600X terminal with the confidence that they can add digital compression when and where they want, while retaining their investment in the many new features and upgradeability of the 8600X terminal.
 -- Electronic program guide (EPG) will accept and display program data from virtually any EPG supplier. The standard EPG provides approximately a one-day program guide, depending upon number of channels and length of program descriptions. Expandable memory is available for more days and/or more detailed program descriptions. One EPG feature identifies the name of the program on each channel as the channels are changed.
 -- VCR Commander controller for easy VCR recording. This allows the 8600X terminal to send "record" and "stop" commands to a VCR so subscribers will never have to program their VCRs again.
 -- Near movie on demand (NMOD) capability to compete with videotape rentals through support of more than 100 pay-per-view (PPV) channels with staggered starting times for popular movies. With the 8600X terminal's on-screen PPV guide, the subscriber can quickly determine which movies and events are available, receive descriptions and the price of the program at the touch of a button, and then purchase the program. A VCR-like control for NMOD PPV movies permits the subscriber to pause, rewind or jump forward. For example, a subscriber could hit the "pause" button in order to answer the phone and return to a movie when the same scene appears minutes later in the next showing of the movie.
 -- Downloadable software to update feature sets. This reduces technical obsolescence by allowing user interface changes; adding, changing or deleting features; and supporting future add-on services for longer terminal life. All this updating of the home terminal's software is accomplished addressably from the cable headend.
 -- GeniusTM cards for easy, cost-effective upgrades, including memory renewable security, and future services. This is also achieved without removing the terminal. Smarter than smart cards and smaller than video game cartridges, Genius cards provide added memory and more processing power. Other application-specific Genius cards can offer not only video games but home shopping catalogs and other interactive services.
 -- Virtual Channels which require no video bandwidth for information services such as sports scores, news, stock prices and weather reports.
 -- High resolution on-screen graphics using bit mapped techniques provides more information per screen for EPG and virtual channels. Because the 8600X terminal's on-screen display is not limited to characters only, the 8600X terminal can support a variety of requirements including cable company logos, video game figures and other artwork.
 -- Dual tune/descramble with two terminals in a master-server arrangement to allow picture-in-picture and the capability to watch and record scrambled channels at the same time.
 -- Advanced messaging services for easy recall of various pre- selected categories of news, information and other stored messages. Subscribers can create their own electronic newspaper filled with only the topics they have chosen in advance.
 The 8600X terminal retains all the popular features of the 8600 terminal series such as on-screen menus, graphics and barker channels which use require no additional video bandwidth. Other features from the 8600 terminal include text communications; easy PPV ordering, confirmation and reminders; channel name and number; favorite channels; parental control; sleep timer; and on-screen volume control with optimum stereo separation and mute.
 The 8600X terminal also offers several new levels of security beyond existing conventional addressable set-tops, including optional audio masking. It is compatible with most Zenith, Jerrold, Oak, Pioneer and other set-tops.
 Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. is a world leader in broadband communications systems, cable television electronics, satellite-based communications networks, and electronic instrumentation for industrial, telecommunications and government applications.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: Genius, 8600, 8600X and VCR Commander are trademarks of Scientific-Atlanta, Inc./
 /CONTACT: Bill Brobst of Scientific-Atlanta, 404-903-6306 or, home, 404-623-4233, or Carole Shander of Cablevision Systems, 516-496-1271/
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