Hawaiian Telcom TV Launches TV JAPAN in High Definition


Popular Programming from Top Japanese Networks on TV JAPAN Furthers Hawaiian Telcom's Leadership in International and Foreign Language Channels

HONOLULU, HAWAII and NEW YORK, October 24, 2012 – Hawaiian Telcom Holdco, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCOM) and NHK Cosmomedia America, Inc. today announced the launch of TV JAPAN HD, Hawaiian Telcom's newest high definition international channel available to Oahu residents. Hawaiian Telcom TV customers who do not subscribe to TV Japan can enjoy a 2-week Free Preview November 1st – 15th on Ch.801 and new HD Ch.1801.

 "Hawaiian Telcom's launch of TV JAPAN HD enhances customers' viewing experience by providing the same high-definition quality as seen in Japan," said Kazuaki Takada, President and CEO at TV JAPAN.   "Hawaiian Telcom TV viewers are sure to enjoy all of TV JAPAN's programming in HD year-round, and the must-see highlights are Sumo in HD during the Kyushu Basho in November and, of course, Kohaku in HD on New Year's Eve!" 

 "With 16 foreign language networks and more to come, Hawaiian Telcom is proud to be Hawaii's leading provider of international TV channels," said Brad Fisher, Hawaiian Telcom's Senior Vice President of Strategy and Marketing. "The launch of TV JAPAN HD is a significant step forward in Hawaiian Telcom's continued expansion of High-Definition content choices for a Hawaii community that loves international, multicultural programming."

TV JAPAN provides a rich lineup of news, entertainment and sports from top Japanese networks: NHK, Fuji, Terebi Tokyo, and Asahi Terebi. Programming highlights include NHK's traditional New Year's Eve Singing contest (Kohaku), live NHK News with English SAP function, NHK's annual epic Historical (Taiga) Drama with English sub-titles and NHK's contemporary morning drama. Additionally, TV JAPAN features daily cooking shows, children's programs, music, and variety shows to entertain and educate the whole family.  TV JAPAN's global satellite network can provide live coverage unmatched by any other broadcaster, of disasters or breaking news affecting Japan, like last year's 24/7 live coverage of the 3/11 Earthquake and Tsunami that rocked northeastern Japan.

Forward-Looking Statements

In addition to historical information, this release includes certain statements and projections that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In particular, any statement, projection or estimate that includes or references the words "believes", "anticipates", "intends", "expects", or any similar expression falls within the safe harbor of forward-looking statements contained in the Reform Act. Actual results or outcomes may differ materially from those indicated or suggested by any such forward-looking statement for a variety of reasons. More information on potential risks and uncertainties is available in recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Hawaiian Telcom's 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K. The information contained in this release is as of October 24, 2012. It is anticipated that subsequent events and developments may cause estimates to change.