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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 22, 2008

Eastlink Expands High Definition Choice with addition of 12 new channels

Halifax, Nova Scotia - Eastlink will provide customers with more high definition channels with its announcement today that it will launch 12 NEW HD channels. Six of the 12 channels are now available in select areas (check Eastlink.ca for availability), while the remainder will launch soon.

"This addition to the HD channel line-up will provide customers with more opportunity to watch their favorite shows for a superior viewing experience," says Ian Lezama, Director of Marketing. "It is an exciting time as customers are increasingly looking to experience all of Eastlink's expanded entertainment options including high definition and OnDemand programming."

Beginning today, the HD channels listed below will be added to Eastlink's HD channel pack. Subscription to the standard definition version of these channels (Time Zone Pak) is required to receive the HD version.

  • Fox West (channel 660): HD Equivalent to Fox West
  • NBC West (channel 661): HD Equivalent to NBC West
  • ABC West (channel 662): HD Equivalent to ABC West
  • CBS West (channel 663): HD Equivalent to CBS West

Eastlink will also launch Speed HD (channel 620) and a PPV HD (channel 695). Speed HD is the HD Equivalent to the Speed Channel and will be available as a Freeview to all digital cable customers with an HD ready Digital Cable box for a limited time.

Coming soon! HD Extra Pak - provides the best unique HD programming for just $6.95 per month.

  • Discovery HD: Discovery HD is filled with High Definition programs that explore the fascinating worlds of nature, science and technology, and adventure.
  • HDNet: HDNet is your exclusive, high definition home for popular, critically acclaimed original programming, including television's only HD news feature programs HDNet.
  • Oasis: Oasis HD is the first nature channel committed to continuous, clutter-free programming, showcasing the endless beauty of the natural world. Oasis HD lets viewers explore, reflect, and embrace the essence of our exquisite planet, with stories woven together from the finest Canadian and international documentary programming available.
  • Equator: Equator HD brings the world's most intriguing places and people into intimate and personal contact, with exclusive stories of remote cultures, rare geography and unique rituals that hold a mirror to ourselves and how we interact with the planet.
  • Rush: Rush HD is Canada's high-octane, no-fear, no-limits extreme sports HD Channel, exploring the human need to completely ignore our physical limits.
  • Treasure: Treasure HD is about exploration, the thrill of the hunt, and the joy of discovering that rare unique find. From the sunken treasures off the Florida Keys to incredible flea market finds; from the eccentric collection of The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to a compilation of every Pez dispenser made, Treasure HD takes you there.

HDTV delivers significantly higher picture resolution, richer colour, and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. TV images on an Eastlink HDTV Digital Box have over five times the resolution of standard analogue television and images are wide-screen for the full cinematic experience.

For information on the availability of the new HD offering, Eastlink Digital Cable, or other products and services, visit www.Eastlink.ca or call toll free 1-888-345-1111 in NS and PEI or 1-866-737-7662 in NL.

About Eastlink
Operating from its headquarters in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Eastlink is the fifth largest cable company in Canada and was the first to offer customers local telephone service over a state-of-the-art digital network. Eastlink is one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies with more than 800 employees who provide a range of communications, entertainment & advertising services to business and residential customers across the Atlantic Provinces. For more information on Eastlink products and services, please visit www.eastlink.ca.

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Jill.Laing@corp.eastlink.ca