Cox Communications to Carry HD Hallmark Movie Channel
July 15, 2008
Cox Communications and Crown Media Holdings, Inc., owner and operator of the Hallmark Channel and the Hallmark Movie Channel, have announced a multi-year agreement granting Cox Communications the right to carry the high definition version of the Hallmark Movie Channel that was launched in April. Cox currently distributes the Hallmark Channel as well as the standard definition version of the Hallmark Movie Channel.
Cox Communications to Offer Hallmark Movie Channel in High Definition
Henry Schleiff, president and CEO of Crown Media Holdings, Inc., said, "We are pleased to announce this new agreement with Cox, one of Crown Media's most important partners. The Hallmark Movie Channel offers our audience family movies and we are happy to be presenting them in HD format at a time when there is a growing demand for family-friendly programming. Most importantly, we are excited to be able to join with our distribution partners to offer this opportunity to our viewers."
Hallmark Movie Channel Owned by Crown Media Holdings
Crown Media Holdings currently operates and distributes Hallmark Channel to subscribers in the U.S. Crown Media also operates a second 24-hour linear channel, Hallmark Movie Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel HD. Significant investors in Crown Media Holdings include: Hallmark Entertainment Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Incorporated, Liberty Media Corp., and J.P. Morgan Partners (BHCA), LP, each through their investments in Hallmark Entertainment Investments Co.; VISN Management Corp., a for-profit subsidiary of the National Interfaith Cable Coalition; and The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
Cox Communications Offers Cable Television, Phone, and High-Speed Internet
Cox Communications is a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company providing cable television, phone service, and high-speed Internet to its residential and business customers. Cox is an investor in programming networks including Discovery Channel.