SOURCE: CTAM

June 05, 2006 08:00 ET

Moving Expert and Cable Companies Team-Up to Help Movers

www.cablemover.com Gets Movers Connected

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 5, 2006 -- May marked the beginning of what is traditionally a busy moving season across the country. In fact, from early May through the Labor Day weekend, more than 21 million Americans(1) will move. Moving expert and author of "Will This Place Ever Feel Like Home?", Leslie Levine shares her expertise and provides tips to movers who will soon be packing things up and hitting the roads.

In addition to Levine's moving tips, cable providers across the country have come together to launch a Cable Movers Web site: www.cablemover.com; as an easy way for consumers to find the cable provider in their new town. The Web site allows movers to quickly and easily schedule digital cable, Internet and phone service at their new address.

"Anticipating tasks that may cause frustration and headaches on moving day is crucial," explains Levine. "People want to enjoy settling into their new home, whether it's finding a dog sitter for moving day or connecting your cable services, planning ahead will guarantee less stress for the entire family."

Levine, who has helped millions of people move, urges Americans to avoid three common mistakes when moving to a new home:

--  Don't put off calling utility providers (electric, cable, gas, etc.)
    to schedule the disconnect date of your services. This can be done weeks
    before the move when you have more time. In fact, cable companies will not
    only schedule your cut-off date, they will transfer customers to their new
    cable company to arrange for the connection of cable services in their new
    home. Movers who didn't get a chance to transfer cable services can go to
    www.cablemover.com to connect to their new cable provider, or call the toll-
    free Cable Movers Hotline® (877-9TV-MOVE).
--  Don't try to do everything alone. For big home improvement projects,
    hire a professional.  Pick a few projects to do with the family and then
    hire someone to do the time-consuming projects like painting and hanging
    wallpaper.
--  Don't expect to get every picture and painting on the walls during the
    first week. Instead of cleaning or unpacking the first night in the new
    home, take a break, relax and watch a favorite program with cable On
    Demand. If the boxes just can't be left alone, check out a favorite DIY
    show for home improvement tips while working to make the new place feel
    like home.
    
In addition to following the tips above, movers are able to quickly and easily set up digital cable, Internet and phone service at their new home. Three easy steps are all it takes to reconnect:
--  Log on to www.cablemover.com and click on "find your cable company."
--  Movers enter their new zip code and are directed to their new
    provider's Web site (where they will receive special moving offers).
--  Customers can schedule their cable services, such as digital cable,
    high-speed Internet or phone service, or bundle all three in a package.
    
"Any steps that can be taken to simplify a move are worth considering," comments Levine. "I recommend all movers take advantage of the new Cable Movers Web site to take some of the stress out of their move."

About the Cable Movers Web site and Cable Movers Hotline

The Cable Movers Web site (www.cablemover.com) and Cable Movers Hotline -- 877-9TV-MOVE offer customers the ability to locate their new cable provider and schedule a date to disconnect their current service and also a date to connect service at their new address. Even if they've already moved, customers can call to the Cable Movers Hotline to connect services in their new home.

About CTAM

CTAM, the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing, is dedicated to helping the cable industry grow by advancing consumer and business-to-business marketing excellence, facilitating collaborative marketing initiatives, and encouraging the mastery of new technology-based products. CTAM helps consumers understand the benefits of cable through national initiatives such as Cable Movers Hotline(SM) and CTAM On Demand Consortium. CTAM provides marketing education, information and networking opportunities to its more than 5,000 members, through conferences, consumer research, publications, www.ctam.com, a network of regional chapters, and the CTAM Educational Foundation's centerpiece initiative, the CTAM Executive Management Program at the Harvard Business School. In addition, consumers can learn more about the benefits of cable through national CTAM initiatives, such as ThisIsCable.com(SM).

(1) Census Bureau http://www.census.gov

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