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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2012

Eastlink completes major video platform upgrade in Truro

Halifax, NS - With the recent deployment of Motorola’s cutting edge MPEG-4 video compression technology, Eastlink has further enhanced its fibre network to give customers in Truro access to over 100 high-definition (HD) TV channels including popular sports channels like TSN HD and CBS College Sports HD, specialty channels like FX Canada HD, Hollywood Suite HD, AMC HD, OWN HD, and Family HD, and local network programming in HD including CBC, CTV and Global.

Deborah Shaffner, Eastlink's president and Chief Operating Officer, said the deployment of this latest technology can be expected in several other markets across Canada in the weeks and months to come.  "We're investing heavily to give our TV customers the best video experience."

“Our customers have very high expectations when it comes to video quality, choice in programming and OnDemand video services,” continued MS. Shaffner.

The incorporation of MPEG-4 technology enables Eastlink to support the highest quality broadcast and OnDemand HD and 3D services for its customers. Among recent video content milestones:

·       Hollywood Suite HD -  4 HD movie channels boasting 450 uncut, unedited and commercial-free movies monthly around the clock. http://hollywoodsuite.ca/

·       CNN HD On Demand - more information & opinion with CNN OnDemand available to CNN SD subscribers with Digital TV. Up to 10 hours of content is available each month, including specials, interviews and series such as Piers Morgan Tonight, CNN Presents and much more. http://www.twondemand.com/tv/history---nature-on-demand/cnn

·       FX Canada HD - a premier specialty channel featuring critically acclaimed movies and original series like Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story and Wilfred. http://www.fxcanada.ca/

·       Travel+Escape HD – the ultimate channel destination for travel enthusiasts showcasing compelling stories that highlight the most exotic and luxurious experiences the world has to offer. http://www.travelandescape.ca/

Eastlink hinted about upcoming HD channel additions including one of the most popular lifestyle networks.  Ms. Shaffner would only say that the company continues to invest in maintaining its content lead.

For more information on Eastlink’s extensive HD lineup, http://Eastlink.ca/CableDigitalTV/HDTV.aspx

About Eastlink
With more than 1,600 employees from coast to coast, Eastlink delivers world-class video entertainment, internet and telephone services to residential, business and public-sector customers across Canada.

Powered by a state-of-the-art fibre optic network, Eastlink's advanced services include Multi-Room DVR, Video OnDemand, HD and 3D programming, High Speed Internet scalable to 200 Mbps, competitive local and long distance telephone services, and exclusive locally-produced programming via Eastlink TV. Eastlink has been recognized as one of Canada's 50 Best managed Companies for six years running.

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