USA: iO International continues expansion with new African TV category


Cablevision Systems Corp. announced on 18 Oct. 2011 the addition of a new African category to iO TV’s extensive iO International channel line-up. This new package includes Noire TV Africa on channel 1100 and Afrotainment Plus on channel 1101. With this addition, iO International now offers 18 packages of in-language programming from around the world.

Noire TV Africa is dedicated to delivering the latest in high-quality “Nollywood” movies as well as news, music, lifestyle shows and sports programming from across Africa. Also available in iO TV’s African package, Afrotainment Plus brings viewers African movies, music videos and sports, including African soccer games from the Confederation of African Football and other major African premier leagues. Additionally, Afrotainment Plus broadcasts a wide range of African TV series, including dramas, reality shows and sitcoms.

“iO International is rapidly adding unique, high-quality programming that keeps all of our customers connected to the countries they love with news and entertainment. We now proudly offer 18 different global packages, and we are pleased to bring viewers the best movies and TV shows from Africa in the newest programming package – iO Africa,” said Bradley Feldman, Cablevision’s vice president, video product management.

“We are excited to embark on this partnership with Cablevision, by making Noire TV Africa available to Cablevision's subscribers,” said Emeka Iwukemjika and Dokun Adewole, co-founders of Noire TV Africa.

“As the premier in African home entertainment in North America, we are excited to bring original African programming to the Cablevision footprint. With Afrotainment Plus, Cablevision customers will now have the opportunity to watch the best African movies, music videos, soccer, realities and diverse content from various parts of Africa," said Yves Bollanga, general manager of the Afrotainment Family of Channels.

Customers who subscribe to Broadcast Basic service and above can receive the new African iO International package for an additional $6.95 per month. Customers must have a digital cable set-top box. In some areas a CableCARD may also be used. These channels are also available in the Optimum App for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch in all areas. Noire TV Africa and Afrotainment Plus can also be purchased on an a la carte basis for an additional $4.95 per month. Customers interested in the African Package can call 877-980-7636 to order or visit here:  for additional information.

Cablevision’s award-winning digital cable service, iO TV, offers customers access to hundreds of channels, including more than 50 premium movie channels, 46 channels of commercial-free digital music, thousands of titles available on demand at all times, an interactive programming guide, more than 120 free high-definition programming services and uniquely valuable and relevant local content through News 12, MSG Varsity and their companion interactive television applications.

Cablevision Systems Corporation is one of the USA’s leading media and telecommunications companies. Its cable television operations provide a full suite of advanced communications services that include iO TV digital television, Optimum Online high-speed Internet, and Optimum Voice digital voice, all over state-of-the-art cable systems that pass nearly 6 million households and businesses across the New York tri-state area and throughout four Western states.