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Everest Launches New Channels to Growing Customer Base

(Lenexa, KS.) - Everest Connections, an independent provider of high-speed Internet, cable TV and telephone services in the Kansas City area, is adding two new HD channels to its programming, TNT HD and ESPN2 HD. And, they are adding two new digital channels, ESPNU and the HALLMARK MOVIE CHANNEL.

"We are thrilled to be the first cable company in the Kansas City area to offer ESPN2 HD and ESPNU for our sports savvy customers," stated David Ballew, Director of Marketing for Everest. "We are also pleased to offer the TNT HD channel and the Hallmark Movie Channel. It is very gratifying to offer the Hallmark Movie Channel in the city where the Hallmark brand was born."

Here is the breakdown of Everest's new HD Channels:

TNT HD (Ch. 643) -

The 24/7 HDTV simulcast of TNT's East Coast feed offers the broadest range of dramatic programming in HDTV format ever assembled, including series, movies, TNT originals and sports, including NASCAR and the NBA.

ESPN2 HD (Ch. 651) -

ESPN2 HD is a 24-hour simulcast of ESPN2. Throughout 2005, ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD will air 300 major events plus over 2,000 programs, totaling over 6,000 hours of high-definition programming.

Here are the details on the new digital channels offered by Everest:

ESPNU (Ch. 446) -

A new college sports network delivering 24/7 programming that embraces the tradition, pageantry and competitiveness of college athletics. ESPNU features major Division I sports and NCAA Championships. ESPNU is the new home for college sports on television.

The ESPNU schedule features approximately 300 live events (regular-season and championships) in the network's first year alone. Action includes a variety of top football and men's and women's basketball mixed with baseball, softball, volleyball, lacrosse, ice hockey, wrestling and more. ESPNU also offers comprehensive studio programming, replays of ABC Sports, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Regional Television games, plus specials and more.

The 24-hour television network is the key component of the multi-media ESPNU initiative that will deliver college sports content across ESPN's family of services, such as ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Mobile (wireless), ESPN Radio, ESPN Interactive, ESPN360 (broadband), merchandising and more.

Original Dream Job winner Mike Hall serves as ESPNU's signature anchor, hosting the majority of the network's studio programming from Charlotte, N.C., headquarters of ESPN Regional Television (ERT), which handles production responsibilities for ESPNU.

Hallmark Movie Channel (Ch. 410) -

Hallmark Movie Channel features trusted movies from a television legacy featuring top-rated movies and miniseries 24 hours a day with the quality you expect from Hallmark. The Channel turns Hallmark Channel's most successful genres into a 24/7 movie network. Hallmark Movie Channel is backed by more than 4,000 hours of top-rated, award-winning entertainment, including the legendary Hallmark Hall of Fame Collection of movies and much-lauded library of Hallmark Entertainment. It meets the demands of subscribers who are looking for a more wholesome, family-friendly movie experience that can be enjoyed by everyone.

"We're thrilled Everest is launching the Hallmark Movie Channel throughout its network in the greater Kansas City area, which is also the home of Hallmark Cards. Everest, which is based in Lenexa, Kansas, will now offer its customers twice the amount of movies from a legacy that spans over 50 years," said Paul FitzPatrick, CO Crown Media Holdings/Hallmark Channels.

Everest is in the middle of an extensive expansion program in Southern Overland Park and Western Shawnee. Residents in Everest's service area enjoy the lowest priced high-speed Internet, cable TV and telephone service in the Kansas City metro area. In the past month, Everest has also deployed Caller ID on TV - the only cable TV company to offer this service in Kansas City.

Everest is a locally owned network-based provider of cable TV, high-speed Internet and telephone services in the Kansas City area. Everest services are presently available in Lenexa, Shawnee, Overland Park and the Brookside, Waldo and Red Bridge areas of South Kansas City. Everest employs approximately 170 employees and is headquartered in Lenexa. More information on Everest is available online at www.everestkc.com.

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