PhotoShowTV service through Simple Star now available to Staten Island customers
STATEN ISLAND, NY –Time Warner Cable today announced the launch of PhotoShowTV, a new free service that gives customers the ability to create and publicly share video and still pictures on cable TV. Using a personal computer connected to Time Warner Cable’s award-winning Road Runner High Speed Online service, Time Warner Cable customers can create digital photo and video albums and place them on the company’s Staten Island Local On Demand service (Channel 1111) for public viewing.
PhotoShowTV is a free service available to customers who subscribe to both Time Warner Cable’s Digital Television (DTV) and Road Runner. Visiting PhotoShow.com or using PhotoShow Deluxe software, available through a partnership with Simple Star, users can with just a few clicks of the mouse transform their photos and video into entertaining musical slide shows, complete with captions, music, animations, transitions and effects. They can then share their PhotoShows with friends, family and the community by simply posting them on Time Warner Cable’s Channel 1111. Under the heading, PhotoShowTV, Staten Island Local On Demand features the programming in categories such as “Special Occasion,” “Pets & Animals,” “Friends & Family,” “Sports” and “Travel & Places.” All submitted PhotoShows are screened for appropriate “G”-rated content before being posted.
Users submit content by visiting www.rr.com/PhotoShowTV and following the easy directions to create and share their PhotoShows to cable TV. Once a slideshow is posted, it is available for a limited time on the PhotoShowTV category on Channel 1111. Content will be refreshed regularly to make newly submitted content available.
PhotoShowTV was launched initially in July 2006 in Time Warner Cable’s Oceanic Division in Hawaii. The Staten Island system of Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey was selected to be the first launch in the continental United States. Time Warner Cable’s PhotoShow TV appearing on a local On Demand channel demonstrates the convergence of Cable TV and Cable high-speed online service, and introduces a whole new way for customers to share their memories.
Brien Kelley, Time Warner Cable’s General Manager on Staten Island said he expects an outstanding response in Staten Island. “Given the high viewership of our local programming on Staten Island Local On Demand and our local origination channel SI76, coupled with people’s interest in seeing their own friends and family on TV, I’m confident that the service will be extremely successful in our community as well.”
“Time Warner Cable’s PhotoShowTV continues our company’s tradition of innovating and matching new products with customers’ interests,” said Bob Benya, Senior Vice President of On Demand Product Development and ITV at Time Warner Cable’s corporate headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut. “By converging our digital cable and high speed online service, this new feature brings sharing the family photo album to a whole new level and gives users the opportunity to put their favorite photos and video on TV”
“We created PhotoShow from the ground-up to help empower new digital consumers to easily bring their memories to life,” said Chad Richard, Chief Executive Officer for Simple Star. “With the combination of Time Warner Cable’s Digital Cable, Road Runner High Speed Online Service and our PhotoShow storytelling environment, photo enthusiasts can transform their photos and videos into entertaining PhotoShows that they can view on their PCs and share with others via e-mail or now on PhotoShowTV.”
Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey serves over 1.4 million customers in four NYC boroughs (Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and western Brooklyn), Mt. Vernon, Hudson Valley (Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and parts of Dutchess, Greene and Delaware Counties) and Bergen and Hudson Counties, New Jersey. Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey has led the telecommunications industry in bringing exciting, innovative services to customers including digital phone, high-speed internet access through four ISPs, digital video recorders and Video on Demand. Visit timewarnercable.com/nyandnj/
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable owns and manages cable systems passing approximately 26 million homes in 33 states. The Company has 14.6 million customers for its various products, including video, high-speed data and residential telephone. This includes approximately 13.4 million basic video subscribers and more than 6 million customers who purchase more than one product. Time Warner Cable includes some of the most technologically advanced and best-clustered cable systems in the country, with nearly 85 percent of the Company’s customers located in five geographic regions: New York, Texas, Ohio, the Carolinas and southern California. It is the largest cable provider in the nation’s two largest cities, Los Angeles and New York. Leveraging its leadership in innovation and quality customer care, Time Warner Cable delivers advanced products and services such as video-on-demand, high-definition television, digital video recorders, high-speed data and Digital Phone.
About Simple Star
Founded in 2001, Simple Star develops software products and services that help consumers share their memories in entertaining ways through PhotoShow, the most complete and easy-to-use photo platform available. Simple Star distributes its award-winning PhotoShow software primarily through partners such as cable companies, digital media software providers, online photo services, retailers with photofinishing services and hardware manufacturers. Millions of new users are creating, sharing and viewing PhotoShows every month. Across multiple business sectors momentum is building that PhotoShow is an emerging standard. Simple Star partners include Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Nero, Kodak, Shutterfly, Ritz Camera Centers, Walgreens and Pentax.