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Medford Bobby
11-09-2004, 10:59 AM
It's official....can Dish Network be next??? (thats what I have):smile:
Comcast SportsNet Chicago Announces Distribution Agreement With DIRECTV

Chicago, IL (November 5, 2004) – Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the new 24-hour regional sports network featuring the Chicago Bulls, Blackhawks, White Sox and Cubs, has announced it has reached agreements with five new affiliates, including satellite provider DIRECTV (channel 640). The addition of these distribution service agreements brings Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s subscriber count to over 3.0 million from its 30 affiliates. The announcement was made by James J. Corno, Senior Vice President/General Manager for Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

Comcast SportNet Chicago will launch on the following systems beginning with the start of the Chicago Bulls regular season:
- DIRECTV (satellite distributor)
- WideOpenWest (Chicago and surrounding suburbs, along with Hammond, IN)
- Western Cable Communications, Inc. of Illinois (Plainfield, Coal City, Diamond, Carbon Hill and Braidwood, IL)
- Kraus Electronics (Manhattan, Elwood, Gardner and Seneca, IL)
- McNabb Cable and Satellite (McNabb, IL)

Comcast SportNet Chicago will launch on the following systems in the coming weeks:
- Atkins Cablevision (Atkins, IL)
- Butler-Bremer Communications (Clarksville, Frederika, Nashua, Plainfield and Tripoli, IA)
- Cedar Falls Utilities (Cedar Falls, IA)
- Iowa Network Systems (Clear Lake, Union and Oskaloosa, IA)
- Muscatine Power and Water (Muscatine, IA)
- Readlyn Telephone Company (Readlyn, IA)
- Reynolds Cable, Inc. (Reynolds, Milan, Taylor Ridge and Aledo, IL)
- Saddlebrook Farms (Grayslake, IL)
- Shellsburg Cablevision (Alburnett, Center Point, Central City, Coggon, Robins, Ryan, Shellsburg and Urbana, IA)
- Telstar Cablevision (Metamora, IL)
- TV Cable of Rensselaer (Jasper County, Morocco and Rensselaer, IN)
- TV Cable of Winamac (Pulaski County, Star City and Winamac, IN)
- Viola Communications, Inc. (Viola, IL)
- WTC Communications (Wilton, IA)

“We realize there was plenty of concern from DIRECTV subscribers not receiving our network over the past few weeks,” said Corno. “We’re very excited to announce DIRECTV subscribers will not miss a regular season Bulls game starting this weekend. With our unrivaled coverage of our pro teams, to our Bears post-game and weekly press conference coverage, to our comprehensive line-up of local sports news and talk programming, we look forward to completing our distribution potential by adding the remaining distributors not currently receiving our network.”

Comcast SportsNet will be making additional announcements as new distributors add the network to their channel line-ups. Subscriber questions as to when service will be available in areas not listed should be directed to their local cable or satellite provider.



11-09-2004, 08:20 PM
According to lyngsat.com, comcast sport net Chicago will be at ch. 429. They had WCIU listed long before it was broadcast. It looks like it's on the way.

11-10-2004, 11:07 AM
Seems to be in a lot of little towns in Iowa, yet not in metro areas such as Davenport, IA City, and Des Moines??


11-10-2004, 11:11 AM
there must be a marketing reason that the sox are trying to reach those towns all over, and it sounds like a good thing. hopefully the number of sox fans will multiply over the coming years...(good sox fans).