Nov. 15, 2006
NEW YORK - CSTV has gained carriage in several key markets, it was announced today. CSTV will be available to Comcast digital cable subscribers in Memphis, Tenn.; Jackson, Meridian, Laurel and Hattiesburg, Miss.; Huntington, W. Va; Lake County, Fla. and Monroe, La. Beginning December 15, the channel will be available to customers in Houma and LaPlace, La. These markets are the homes to C-USA institutions Memphis, Southern Miss., Marshall, UCF and Tulane.
"We are excited to add this accessible coverage in the home markets of the universities of one of our most valued conference partners," said Brian Bedol, President and CEO, CSTV Networks, Inc. "Cable operators around the country continue to realize the value and quality of CSTV and we anticipate further growth in distribution."
"The local programming CSTV offers will fit great in these communities," said John Ridall, President, Comcast Southern Division. "And when you combine CSTV with our other great sports programming available through digital cable, ON DEMAND and online using Comcast High-Speed Internet, our customers now have the best sports content available today."
"The inherent local appeal of CSTV, driven by our C-USA relationship, combined perfectly with Comcast's true commitment to serving its local communities," said Bob Rose, Executive Vice President, Distribution, CSTV. "We are thrilled Comcast sees CSTV's unique product strengths and local power."
CSTV covers more C-USA athletics in more ways than anyone else. This season CSTV will air live game coverage of 19 men's and women's basketball games and eight conference tournament games.
CSTV is currently available in hundreds of communities across the country through virtually every major cable operator including those covering the markets of East Carolina, Houston, Rice, UAB and UTEP.
About CSTV Networks: CSTV Networks, Inc., now part of the CBS Corporation is the leading digital and cable programming company dedicated to college sports. Connecting more fans to more college sports than any other company, its many platforms for programming distribution include CSTV: College Sports TV, televising regular-season and championship events for 35 men's and women's college sports; CSTV.com and its network of nearly 250 official athletic sites; CSTV All Access, broadband services providing live audio and video of more than 10,000 events annually; as well as satellite television and radio, in-flight entertainment, wireless networks and more. Further information is available at www.CSTV.com.
About Comcast Corporation: Comcast Corporation (http://www.comcast.com) is the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. With 24.1 million cable customers, 11 million high-speed Internet customers, and 2.1 million voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.
Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, AZN Television, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One and four regional Comcast SportsNets. Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.
ABOUT CONFERENCE USA Conference USA (C-USA) is a NCAA Division I-A Conference based in Irving, Texas. The membership consists of 12 schools (East Carolina, Houston, Marshall, Memphis, Rice, SMU, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB, UCF and UTEP) and the league sponsors championships in 19 sports. C-USA offers nine sports for men (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and indoor and outdoor track and field) and 10 for women (basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field and volleyball).