Cogeco Câble inc.

February 14, 2005 09:05 ET

Cogeco Cable adds Sony Pictures Television International to its list of video-on-demand partners

MONTREAL, Feb. 14 - Cogeco Cable announced today that it has
signed a multi-year agreement with Sony Pictures Television International
(SPTI) to bolster Cogeco Cable's video-on-demand (VOD) offering by adding new
titles and old classics from this major distributor.

SPTI distributes Sony Pictures Entertainment's feature films, many of
which will now be available to Cogeco Cable customers on a VOD basis. SPTI
will provide Cogeco Cable with box office hits such as Spider-Man 2,
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, The Forgotten, Little Black Book and
many other titles from its extensive library.

Cogeco Cable customers can access the VOD library on channel 1, from
which they can choose from 800 programming hours including new movies,
classics, television series, documentaries and children's programs.

"Our VOD service is growing in popularity and we are thrilled to be
associated with Sony Pictures Television International to enhance our VOD
selection," said Ron Perrotta, Vice President of Marketing & Sales at Cogeco
Cable. "Cogeco is committed to continuously enhancing its customers' VOD

"We're pleased to support this exciting new service by offering a wide
range of programs from Sony Pictures' extensive library to Cogeco Cable's VOD
offering," said Peter Iacono, Executive Vice President, Distribution, SPTI.
"Viewers globally are extremely receptive to VOD and we at Sony Pictures
Television International are proud to be a part of Cogeco's vibrant and
growing VOD service."

VOD services are available to 87% of Cogeco Cable's digital cable
subscribers (93% in Ontario and 74% in Québec). Subscribers enjoy access to
the movie libraries of SPTI, MGM Home Entertainment, Alliance Atlantis Motion
Picture Distribution (which also represents certain U.S. studios), Lions Gate,
Corus Entertainment and several other VOD programming providers representing
nearly 50% of domestic box office receipts.

The Cogeco Cable network uses effective technology that makes
interactivity possible. Through the digital platform, customers benefit from a
two-way connection with the network, enabling them to take advantage of an
array of interactive services such as high-definition television, VOD,
Subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), and the fastest and most secure high-
speed Internet (HSI) in Canada.


Cogeco Cable is the second largest cable operator in both Ontario and
Québec, and ranks fourth in Canada in terms of the number of basic service
customers it serves. Cogeco Cable provides about 1,319,000 revenue-generating
units to about 1,430,000 households passed within its service territory.
Through its two-way broadband cable infrastructure, Cogeco Cable provides its
residential and commercial customers with analog and digital video and audio
services, as well as high-speed Internet access. Cogeco Cable's subordinate
voting shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CCA.SV).


Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) operates three
complementary lines of business: 1) distribution of Sony Pictures
Entertainment's feature films and television programming to television outlets
around the world, 2) local television production in key international markets,
and 3) international television networks. In addition to being a leader in the
distribution of current and classic U.S. and international films and
television product worldwide, SPTI produces high profile, locally produced
television in local languages. With dedicated offices in France, Germany, Hong
Kong, Italy, Miami (Latin America), the People's Republic of China, Spain and
the United Kingdom, SPTI currently oversees production in eight regions.
SPTI's worldwide television networks portfolio is a key strategy in the
Company's long-range commitment to the global marketplace, with approximately
40 networks in more than 100 countries reaching over 240 million viewers
worldwide. SPTI is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

Contact Information

  • Marie Carrier, Director, Corporate
    Communications, Cogeco Cable, (514) 874-2600; Ron Sato, Vice President,
    Corporate Publicity, Sony Pictures Television International, (310) 244-4687