Time Warner Cable To Launch Africa Channel HD Feed

The Africa Channel Wednesday announced it has launched its 24-hour high
definition feed in Time Warner Cable's New York City footprint.

The HD launch of the network will reach more than 1 million digital customers Time Warner Cable's New York City area footprint, which includes four NYC boroughs (Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and western Brooklyn), Westchester County (Mt. Vernon), Hudson Valley (Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and parts of Dutchess, Greene and Delaware Counties) and Bergen and Hudson Counties, New Jersey, according to the network.

"The HD launch in New York is a significant milestone for The Africa Channel as it demonstrates the value of the high quality entertainment available on a network that showcases the incredible beauty and culture of Africa," said Bob Reid, Africa Channel executive vice president and general manager in a statement. "We are delighted that our New York City viewers are now able to appreciate our unique programming through the superior quality and richness of high definition."

Jeffrey Hirsch, chief marketing officer for Time Warner Cable's East Region added that the Africa Channel HD launch "demonstrates our commitment to delivering the very best in high definition programming to New Yorkers. Time Warner Cable offers over 150 high definition channels, and we'll continue to enhance our high definition offerings to provide our customers with the best variety of entertaining and multicultural high definition programming that reflects our diverse market."

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