CUSTOMERS SCORE AS CHARTER AND COX SPORTS TELEVISION REACH MULTI-YEAR CARRIAGE AGREEMENT
CST and CST HD will be available to Charter Louisiana customers beginning January 1
(New Orleans, LA) - Charter and Cox Sports Television (CST) today announced a distribution agreement providing for Charter carriage of CST in digital line-ups for most Charter systems in Louisiana, including the Northshore area. The agreement provides for Charter customers to begin receiving CST ‘s coverage of the New Orleans Hornets, New Orleans Saints, LSU Tigers and many other Gulf South sports on January 1, 2011. CST will be located on Charter’s popular Sports View level of service and provided in both standard and high definition.
Parishes included in Charter’s January 1 launch of CST and CSTHD are St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Livingston, Lafourche, Terrebonne, Assumption, St. Mary, St. Landry, Jefferson Davis and Acadia.
“We appreciate the patience of our Louisiana customers as we worked with CST to come to an agreement that is in the best interests of all Charter customers,” said Aimee Pfannenstiel, Vice President and General Manager for Charter’s operations in Louisiana. “Being able to watch every play in high definition will also add to the excitement. In addition, Charter wants to help the effort to ensure that the Hornets stay a part of Louisiana for many years to come.”
“This is an exciting day for CST, our teams and fans,” stated CST Vice President and network head, Rod Mickler. “Charter serves so many great sports areas in Louisiana and we know their customers will applaud the addition of CST to their line-ups.”
CST is the exclusive regional sports network home for many of the great sports teams in the South, including the New Orleans Hornets. CST televises 65 Hornets games each year including a live thirty minute pre-game show, Hornets Tonight!
“We are thrilled that Cox and Charter have reached an agreement, as the Northshore has always been considered critical to our long term success in Louisiana,” said Hornets President Hugh Weber. “This news provides great momentum and allows all our fans in the Charter viewing area to connect with the team on CST broadcasts and become exposed to the team more regularly, which will encourage those fans be part of the action at the New Orleans Arena and cheer in person.”
With this announcement, CST continues to be one of the fastest growing regional sports networks in the south. CST is now available across eight southern states and serves more than 2 million homes. CST boasts over 300 live events per year including the New Orleans Hornets, New Orleans Saints, LSU Tigers, Arkansas Razorbacks, Southeastern Conference, Sun Belt Conference, Tulane University, LHSAA Championship events, Conference USA, Big East, Big 12, WAC, Gulf South Conference, A-Sun Conference and the New Orleans Zephyrs.
For more information regarding CST, customers should go to coxsportstv.com. For more information regarding Charter’s Sports View level of service, customers may call 1-888-GET CHARTER (1-888-438-2427) or go to charter.com.
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About Cox Sports Television
The New Orleans-based sports network launched on October 28, 2002 in front of 450,000 Louisiana viewers. CST has grown over 400% to more than 2 million homes in the eight years since launch, making it one of the fastest growing regional sports networks in the south. CST is currently carried on video distributors in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Virginia. CST is owned and operated by Cox Communications Louisiana, LLC. Initially targeted to be a Louisiana sports network, CST has secured collegiate, professional and high school events that have expanded the networks reach throughout the south. For more information about CST, please visit our website at http://www.coxsportstv.com.
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