Why no WUSA/CBS? Cox Communications Launches HDTV in Fairfax County Enhanced Picture Quality, Local Programming Among the Many Benefits of Cox HDTV HERNDON, VA. (September 20, 2002) - Cox Communications Northern Virginia announced today the launch of High Definition Television (HDTV) to customers in upgraded areas of Fairfax County starting November 1. Cox HDTV provides a picture that is six times sharper with twice the color resolution than that of traditional analog television service. Northern Virginia is the third Cox market in the country where high definition programming will be available to customers. Cox is finalizing plans for the deployment of HDTV service in other markets later this year. "The addition of Cox HDTV to our bundled product offering reinforces Cox as a full service technology provider and truly sets us apart from the competition," said Gary McCollum, vice president and general manager of Cox Northern Virginia. "We believe this highly anticipated service will be extremely popular with Cox customers wanting the latest in advanced entertainment technology." In addition to enhanced picture quality and audio, Cox HDTV offers customers several advantages over alternative sources of HDTV programming. While major direct broadcast satellite companies currently offer some HDTV programming, they do not offer local channels in HDTV. Cox includes local programming at no additional charge. Cox has also worked to make access to HDTV as affordable as possible. Whereas satellite customers must purchase costly additional equipment in order to receive HDTV programming, Cox customers can conveniently lease their HDTV set top box from Cox at a cost of $9.99 a month, plus a nominal installation fee. "Customers wanting high definition local programming and the convenience of renting their equipment will find Cox HDTV a practical and affordable solution," said Marcie Anderson, vice president of new business development for Cox Northern Virginia. "Cox HDTV will deliver a true home theatre experience using the latest state-of-the-art technology not previously available to our customers." Cox's HDTV programming lineup will initially feature five new channels of high definition programming. Upon launch, Cox's HDTV lineup will include local broadcasters ABC (WJLA Channel 7) and NBC (WRC Channel 4). In addition, HBO and Showtime will also be available in high definition format for those subscribing to these premium channels. Finally, Discovery High Definition Theater will be available to Cox HDTV customers as well. Customers wishing to purchase this channel must also subscribe to Cox Digital Cable and pay an additional $6.99 a month for Discovery. Other high definition channels will be added to the lineup as they become available. Cox plans to launch HDTV with popular local retail partners to make the service conveniently available to customers across Fairfax County.