Rainbow Media and Tangerine Global to Distribute New VOOM HD Programming to Luxury Hotels

Rave HD to Become Fifth VOOM HD Channel Brand Premiering in Mandarin Oriental's Newly Refurbished Flagship Hotel in Hong Kong

NEW YORK, NY – October 26, 2006 – Continuing to break new ground for its diverse suite of high-definition television (HDTV) programming brands, Rainbow HD Holdings, LLC ("Rainbow"), has added new VOOM HD content to its slate of offerings distributed by Tangerine Global, LLC to five star hotels outside of the United States. Rave HD, which is dedicated to delivering a larger-than-life concert experience in crystal clear hi-definition and 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound, becomes the fifth VOOM HD brand to be distributed by Tangerine Global, with all five brands-Rush HD, Equator HD, Ultra HD, Gallery HD and Rave HD-available for the first time to discerning guests of Mandarin Oriental Hotels' newly refurbished flagship property in Hong Kong.

Today's news marks another step in Rainbow's ongoing global expansion efforts, as distribution for its brands grows through traditional broadcast deals, new channel launches, and into new areas such as the hospitality sector. Rainbow's VOOM HD programming also marks the first package of HDTV programming to be made available to hotel guests in Hong Kong.

A leading provider of customized television entertainment for the hospitality industry, Tangerine Global first turned to Rainbow last year to provide high-quality HDTV content for its five-star hotel clientele. The companies began with a lineup of four Rainbow brands for distribution to the prestigious Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and The Peninsula Hotels.

Rave HD was added to the lineup earlier this month, when Hong Kong's Mandarin Oriental Hotel reopened to a gala celebration after undergoing a $140 million dollar rennovation to incorporate revolutionary technology, comfort and design. All guest rooms and suites now feature flat screen high-definition televisions on which guests will find VOOM's thematic programming and two additional custom HD channels-Wine & Beverage and Fitness & Yoga-developed exclusively by Tangerine.

"VOOM HD content is custom-tailored to meet the discriminating tastes of the clientele served by Tangerine Global's luxury hotelier partners," said Glenn Oakley, Rainbow's Senior Vice President of Business Development. "We look forward to working with Tangerine to provide a superb entertainment experience for the Mandarin Oriental's guests, while they expand our offerings to other five-star properties as well."

"We are very pleased with the high-quality programming Rainbow has added to our lineup-the first-ever HDTV entertainment package offered to Hong Kong-and through such a spectacular hotel," said Stuart Levin, Tangerine Global Chief Executive Officer. "The innovations made to The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong are awe-inspiring, making it truly the perfect setting in which to enjoy VOOM HD's top-of-the-line programming."

About Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world's most prestigious hotels and resorts, currently operating 21 luxury hotels with a further nine under development in Riviera Maya-Mexico, Hainan Island-China, Barcelona (2007), Boston and Grand Cayman (2008), Dallas, Chicago, Las Vegas and Macau (2009). In total, Mandarin Oriental now operates, or has under development, almost 9,000 rooms in 16 countries with 13 hotels in Asia, 12 in the Americas and five in Europe.

About Tangerine Global
Tangerine Global is transforming the five-star hospitality marketplace with innovative HDTV-focused entertainment and delivery systems. With content custom-tailored to satisfy the most discerning business travelers, Tangerine Global provides its worldwide luxury hotel partners with a rich fusion of HDTV offerings-from adventure, sports and tourism to fashion, food and wine. The company's founder and CEO, Stuart Z. Levin, has more than 25 years of experience in cable and satellite television, as well as media distribution. His pioneering innovations have set many of today's standards for managing and distributing digital, pay-per-view (PPV) and video-on-demand (VOD) programming.

About VOOM HD Networks
VOOM HD Networks is the largest suite of high definition channels available anywhere, produced exclusively in high definition for distribution in the U.S. through satellite and cable operators. The VOOM HD Networks carry programming in categories as diverse as sports, movies, fashion, music and art. Today, the VOOM HD Networks are available nationally on Echostar's DISH Network. The VOOM HD Networks were developed by Rainbow Media to meet the growing demand for quality high definition programming, building on Rainbow Media's history of original programming innovation.

About Rainbow Media Holdings LLC
Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC). Rainbow Media creates and manages some of the country's most compelling and dynamic entertainment brands including popular national and regional television channels AMC, fuse, The Independent Film Channel (IFC), WE tv, and two FSN affiliated regional sports networks managed by Rainbow Sports Networks. The company also manages Mag Rack and sportskool, two original on-demand networks; VOOM HD Networks, the largest and most diverse suite of high definition channels available anywhere; IFC Entertainment, its film distribution, production and exhibition division; Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation, its advertising sales division; and Rainbow Network Communications, its full service network programming origination and distribution company.

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