This just in from the New England Sports Network, otherwise known as NESN. It’s NESN National channel has been picked up by Time Warner Cable for its subscribers throughout the Midwest. It now penetrates Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Kansas and Missouri. Among the markets NESN can be seen are Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dayton in Ohio, Green Bay and Milwaukee in Wisconsin, and Kansas City. Overall, 6 states will gain access to NESN and the channel will be seen on Time Warner’s Sports Tier.
We have the details from NESN.
6 States, 17 DMAs—Largest NESN National Launch To-Date
February 1, 2011 –Time Warner Cable – Midwest Region recently completed a launch of NESN National on its sports tier, Sports Pass, making the service available in 17 DMAs within the 6 states of Ohio, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Missouri and Wisconsin.
The Time Warner Cable Midwest Region’s launch of NESN National marked the largest NESN National launch to-date. Combined with previous launches, NESN National is now available to more than 7 million cable homes in 13 states.
“Time Warner Cable is continually looking to provide customers more programming options and the launch of NESN National on our Sports Pass channel lineup, along with other additions, highlights our commitment to improving our offerings,” said Terry O’Connell, Executive Vice President, Time Warner Cable Midwest Region. “The Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins are two of the best known brands in professional sports and sports fans are going to enjoy the coverage and shows built around those two teams as well as other programming on the network.”
“With the Bruins in first place in the Northeast Division and Red Sox Spring Training only a few weeks away, this is a great time for Time Warner Cable customers to check out NESN National,” said Sean McGrail, NESN’s President and CEO. “Thanks to great partners like Time Warner Cable, we continue to grow NESN National distribution and launch compelling new programming initiatives like WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan Morning Show to offer fans of New England sports outside the region a great way to stay connected to their favorite teams.”
Time Warner Cable’s Sports Pass subscribers are now able to watch NESN’s Bruins and Red Sox pre and post-game shows, which are among the most comprehensive in the regional sports television business. Bruins Face-Off Live is a 30-minute pre-game show that features host Kathryn Tappen and former Bruins stars Mike Milbury, Barry Pederson and Gord Kluzak. The same team of experts also provides 30 minutes of post-game coverage on Bruins Overtime LIVE. NESN’s Red Sox pre and post-game coverage similarly delivers expert game-day coverage before and after each and every Red Sox game with studio host Tom Caron and MLB Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley, Jim Rice and Peter Gammons.
Additionally, NESN National also includes Bruins replays and classic games; NESN Daily, a live sports news and debate program; WEEI Sports Radio’s Dennis and Callahan Morning Show; minor league baseball; college hockey and basketball; and many of the network’s Original NESN Entertainment (ONE) productions such as The Instigators; The Big, Bad Bruins Show; Pocket Money; and After the Game.
Time Warner Cable Midwest Region
NESN National Launches
State DMAs/Markets Channel # NE Lincoln area 316 Northeast OH & PA Akron, Cleveland, Youngstown & Erie areas 342 Mid-OH Columbus area 342 Southwest OH Cincinnati & Dayton areas 342 WI Green Bay & Milwaukee areas 342 KS & MO Kansas City area 218
Live game telecasts of the Red Sox and Bruins, Red Sox replays or classic games, and certain other programs are not available on NESN National due to league restrictions. When these programs are airing on NESN in New England, Time Warner Cable customers in the Midwest region see other NESN programming most notably same day replays of WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan Morning Show. Time Warner Cable customers can receive virtually all of NESN’s Red Sox and Bruins game telecasts by subscribing to the MLB Extra Innings and NHL Center Ice packages respectively.
For more information on how to access NESN through Time Warner Cable’s SportsPass, please call, 1-800-TWCABLE or visit www.yourtwc.com.
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