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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Friday, December 14, 2001

Oceanic to add 3 digital stations

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Editor

Oceanic Cable will add three more digital stations to its lineup, starting Dec. 20, providing more options than ever.

"Our viewers have said that they wanted choice and we continue to add more options, whenever available," said Kit Beuret, Oceanic spokesman.

The three new stations are:

• DIY — Do It Yourself TV, Channel 324: DIY is the brainchild of the folks who created Home & Garden TV and the Food Network, offering interactive talk and technology for home do-it-yourselfers, with topics ranging from woodworking to crafts, from home decorating to car care.

• National Geographic, Channel 349: Its syndicated shows have aired on the Public Broadcasting System, but with its own channel, it will spotlight destinations throughout the world. Among its current shows is one on Pearl Harbor.

• VH1 Classic, Channel 563: This spin-off of VH1 will focus on rock classics — remastered favorites — from the vaults of the '60s, '70s and '80s. Expect to see vintage clips of Elvis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and more.

"The new stations may be overwhelming to customers — but choice is something that, in the long run, everybody agrees they want," Beuret said. There will be no extra charge for the stations, but they are available only to digital customers.

The new channels boost Oceanic's offerings to about 150 video stations; it also boasts 35 digital pay-per-view stations, 16 audio music and FM stations, four HDTV (high definition TV) stations, plus a couple of I-Control (video on demand) stations and a pizza-ordering station.