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October 20, 2005 23:59 ET

Cogeco Cable adds Warner Bros International Television Distribution to its list of video-on-demand partners

MONTREAL, Oct. 20 2005 - Cogeco Cable announced today that it has
signed an agreement with Warner Bros International Television Distribution
(WBITD) to bolster Cogeco Cable's video-on-demand (VOD) offering by adding new
titles and classic movies from this major distributor.

WBITD distributes Warner Bros Pictures' feature films, many of which will
now be available to Cogeco Cable customers on a VOD basis. WBITD will provide
Cogeco Cable with box office hits such as Million Dollar Baby, Alexander, and
soon Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Batman Begins and Harry Potter and the
Goblet of Fire as well as many other titles from its extensive library.

Cogeco Cable customers can access the VOD library on channel 1, from
which they can choose from over 1,000 hours of programming including new
movies, classics and children's programs.

"Our VOD service is growing in popularity and we are thrilled to be
associated with Warner Bros, which produces many blockbusters each year. This
agreement will enable us to enhance our VOD selection as well as our
customers' VOD experience," said Ron Perrotta, Vice President of Marketing at
Cogeco Cable.

"We are pleased to support this exciting new service by offering a wide
range of programs from our extensive library to Cogeco Cable's VOD offering,"
said Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. International Television.
"Viewers globally are extremely receptive to VOD and we at Warner Bros
International Television Distribution are proud to be a part of Cogeco's
vibrant and growing VOD service."

VOD services are available to 86% of Cogeco Cable's digital cable
subscribers. Subscribers enjoy access to the movie libraries of WBITD, Sony
Pictures Television International, Universal Studios Television Distribution
Canada, MGM Home Entertainment, Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution
(which also represents certain U.S. studios), Lions Gate, representing 60% of
domestic box office receipts, as well as Corus Entertainment and several other
VOD programming providers.

The Cogeco Cable network employs 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 VOD, Subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), the
fastest and most secure high-speed Internet (HSI) in Canada as well as the
brand new digital phone service.


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 1,346,000 revenue-generating
units to about 1,440,000 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).


Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD) is one of the
world's largest distributors of feature films, television programs and
animation to the international television marketplace (broadcast, pay cable,
basic cable, satellite, pay-per-view, video-on-demand, digital platforms,
etc.). It licenses some 48,000 hours of programming (including more than 6,000
features and 74 current series), dubbed or subtitled in more than
40 languages, to telecasters and cablecasters in more than 175 countries.

Contact Information

  • Marie Carrier, Director, Corporate
    Communications, Cogeco Cable, (514) 874-2600; Scott Rowe, Vice President,
    Warner Bros. Entertainment, (818) 954-5806