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DENVER, CO, December 6, 2012 - WFN: World Fishing Network, the leading entertainment destination and digital resource for anglers throughout North America, is now available to more than 300,000 Optimum West digital cable customers in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah in addition to 140,000 Grande Communications broadband subscribers throughout Texas.

Optimum West is part of Cablevision, the ninth-largest multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) in the US.

"The Western United States offers some of the finest freshwater fishing and outdoor recreation that you'll find anywhere," said Sean Luxton, Senior Vice President of Digital and Content Distribution for World Fishing Network. "The Rocky Mountain region boasts one of the highest percentages of licensed anglers in the US, and we're excited that Cablevision has expanded the offering of the dedicated fishing and outdoor lifestyle programming that WFN provides to its audience."

WFN can be found on Optimum's Sports Pak, available to customers who subscribe to any Optimum TV package with Optimum Value, Family Cable or above for $5.95 more per month. Optimum West customers can add WFN to their package by calling 866.230.9575 or visit for more information.

Grande Communications services the communities of Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, San Marcos and Waco. WFN (Ch. 236) can be found on the Ultra Sports Tier, included with the Premier cable package and the Advantage and Premier Double and Triple Play bundles. Grande Communications customers with other cable and bundle packages can add the Ultra Sports Tier to their account by calling 877.238.6891 or visiting for more information.

Added Luxton: "We're excited to partner with Grande Communications and expand our presence in the Texas market, which is home to the second-largest fishing population in the United States and boasts excellent freshwater and saltwater fishing."

WFN, which has enjoyed a 33% growth in distribution since 2011, becomes fully distributed to all of Cablevision's digital cable subscribers, inclusive of more than 3 million Optimum TV customers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, with its launch on Optimum West. WFN and WFN HD are available to more than 50 million cable, satellite and telecommunications households throughout North America, including seven of the top 10 MVPDs in the US.


About WFN

WFN: World Fishing Network is North America's only television network, online and mobile platform dedicated exclusively to fishing and outdoor enthusiasts with programming that covers instruction, tips, tournaments, travel, food, boating, outdoor lifestyle and more. WFN's programming lineup includes primetime theme nights, a selection of the best international series and the most diverse species coverage of any TV channel. Featuring popular programs hosted by some of the top anglers from North America and across the globe, WFN offers a variety of exclusive lifestyle shows that appeal to a broad and diverse audience. Anchored by one of the top fishing websites,, WFN's multimedia platforms also include a mobile portal and the WFN Fishing Log app for the iPhone, iPad and Android. WFN and WFN HD are available to more than 50 million cable, satellite and telecommunications households throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

About Cablevision

Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC), the nation's 5th largest cable operator, is one of the nation's leading media and telecommunications companies. Its assets include cable television operations that provide industry-leading services to more than 3 million New York area households and more than 300,000 customers in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah. A state-of-the-art cable system enables the company to offer a full suite of premier Optimum-branded residential and business communications services that include Optimum TV digital television, Optimum Online high-speed Internet and Optimum Voice digital phone. Managed today by Cablevision's leadership team, Optimum delivers its technologically-advanced services with enormous value and the highest levels of customer care and support.

About Grande Communications

Grande Communications is a Texas-based broadband communications company that offers a full suite of Internet, TV and Phone services for residential and business customers. Like the Texans we serve, we're proud of our independent, 'can-do' attitude that has enabled us to serve over 140,000 customers in communities big and small across Texas. Grande launched over ten years ago with a goal to give Texans a real choice in entertainment and communications providers while also offering meaningful savings through our early rollout of bundled services utilizing a state-of-the-art, high-capacity fiber optic network using the latest technological advancements in broadband communications. The net result is better value and flexibility in TV, Internet and Phone services for our customers. For more information, visit

Hayne Ellis