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croat123
Dec 23rd, 2002, 07:26 PM
It has bought rights to 5 ATP Master Series event (3 clay, 2 carpet, all in Europe). According to a yahoo article, it will be part of "basic cable" and should be in 38% of households (that means we each have a 1/3 chance of having it and it won't cost anything extra).

The following is an image for the WTO Survivor Scavenger Hunt (omit it if you are not in that game :)):

http://www.ocean98.org/img/nanrui7.jpg

Glenn
Dec 23rd, 2002, 07:29 PM
Do you know in what countries?

Venus Forever
Dec 23rd, 2002, 07:33 PM
In the US, where else is the tennis channel being broadcasted??

miranda_lou
Dec 23rd, 2002, 07:40 PM
Unfortunately for worldwide tennis fans, the Tennis Channel will only be in the U.S.:sad: Lucky for us in the States though.:)

If it will be in 38% of the homes in the U.S. that's a great start.:cool: And I know I'll get it because Warner Cable was one of the first to sign up.:hearts: I hope they will be in big cities like NY and LA because that would mean more people watching and the more people who watch, the more successful the channel will be and the faster it will get into more areas.:D

Croat, is there an exact date when the channel will get on line?

rated_next
Dec 23rd, 2002, 07:42 PM
what about canadians?

Venus Forever
Dec 23rd, 2002, 07:45 PM
THEY BETTER HAVE IT IN NYC:(

I am a part of the Time Warner Cable system, and they better keep their promise. And I hope we don't have to pay extra or that it's a premium channel, otherwise I don't think I'll be able to get it.

It better be a part of the Basic Cable line up.:(

Ryan
Dec 23rd, 2002, 07:49 PM
If it is only in the States I will FLIP. :fiery: Typical stations, maybe it will be on digital cable though.

GrandSlammed
Dec 23rd, 2002, 08:01 PM
Basic cable? Now you're talking.

vickiebos
Dec 23rd, 2002, 08:03 PM
Does anyone know if it will be a part of Adelphia?

I would not care if I had to pay extra to have it. I am almost willing to switch to satellite if that is the only way to have it.

Havok
Dec 23rd, 2002, 08:09 PM
i guess it should be in Canada also, coz we have pretty much similar channels as the US does. if we don't get it, actually i dont wanna even think wtf i'm gonna do! lol

GrandSlammed
Dec 23rd, 2002, 08:10 PM
Adelphia will carry it, yes.

croat123
Dec 23rd, 2002, 08:27 PM
Adelphia is part of Comcast right?
if not, will comcast carry it?

miranda,
the article said it would start at the beginning of next year.

i hope it ends up being in just about every household (like the stupid golf channel) and that it buys the rights for all the tournies (including what the NBC, ESPN, etc. don't show from the slams).

Ted of Teds Tennis
Dec 23rd, 2002, 08:28 PM
Will DirecTV carry it?

Venus Forever
Dec 23rd, 2002, 08:29 PM
That one I am pretty sure will not carry it from what I heard.

croat123
Dec 23rd, 2002, 08:34 PM
i did some research, a adelphia is part of the National Cable Programing "something" and not a part of comcast. it look like comcast won't have the channel :fiery:

for those of you outside the us, comcast is by far the biggest cable company in the us.

miranda_lou
Dec 23rd, 2002, 08:55 PM
I doubt it will be in Canada but I'm sure people on the border will be able to get it on a cable channel, if they have that cable channel.

I'm getting excited now. The Tennis Channel is definitely something to look forward to.:kiss:

ktwtennis
Dec 23rd, 2002, 08:55 PM
I live in a small town that has Time Warner, but I don't think we're getting it. Unfortunately, I don't have the Time Warner, but the city's cable, which is basically the same, but it uses a contractor to get the cable. If someone could let me know the companies that have officially signed on, that'd be great! I want this channel sssssssoooooooo bad!!!

ktwtennis
Dec 23rd, 2002, 08:57 PM
P.S.--The contractor's name is NCTVCOOP. Prolly NCTV means something and COOP is cooperative...

Warrior
Dec 23rd, 2002, 09:03 PM
April 22, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- A television sports executive involved in a start-up venture called The Tennis Channel is the latest alumnus of Western Michigan University's marketing program to be honored for his accomplishments.

Randy B. Brown of Chicago was inducted into the Marketing Alumni Hall of Fame in the Haworth College of Business at a dinner program Friday, April 19, at WMU's Fetzer Center. Brown received the Outstanding Marketing Alumni Award, which recognizes professional accomplishments, community leadership and dedicated service to the University.

Brown is currently senior vice president for The Tennis Channel, a new cable network targeted for launch in November. The channel plans to program tennis tournaments, instruction and news 24 hours a day. His role focuses on licensing the network to the top cable and satellite distributors, including Time Warner, Comcast, Charter and DirecTV.

Previously, Brown worked as North American president of Media Access Technologies, known as MATE, which develops video recognition technologies for channel navigation, digital asset management and closed-circuit surveillance. Prior to joining MATE, he served as a vice president for the central division of ESPN, where he oversaw domestic distribution of the company's cable networks in 17 states. During his 14-year career with the cable sports network, he held several positions in sales and marketing, and helped launch ESPN2 and ESPNEWS.

"Randy has made a major commitment to WMU and he's given an incredible amount of time at the classroom level," says Dr. Andrew W. Brogowicz, chairperson of the Department of Marketing. "He relates very well to the students and encourages them to pursue their passions, and he dispenses some of the most practical, helpful career advice I've heard. We honor him for his devotion to WMU and his impressive professional accomplishments."

Brown graduated from WMU's marketing program in 1984. He went on to earn an MBA at Loyola University in Chicago, graduating with honors in May 2000. He serves on the WMU faculty as an adjunct assistant professor, speaks frequently at marketing events on campus and is a member of the Haworth College of Business Alumni Society

Russianfan
Dec 23rd, 2002, 09:11 PM
wow, I really hope it's available in Canada!

croat123
Dec 24th, 2002, 01:01 AM
hope comcast gets it

NJjeff
Dec 24th, 2002, 01:05 AM
I went on the Comcast site, and requested it.... They replied that they will contact me, if I hear any news I will post it.

croat123
Dec 24th, 2002, 01:07 AM
ok, thanx!

Berlin_Calling
Dec 24th, 2002, 01:12 AM
YES DIRECTV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: Im excited!! :p :o

JCFan
Dec 24th, 2002, 02:12 AM
So then will Adelphia carry it? And will it just be on digital cable. I guess I'll just have to wait and see.

jojoseph
Dec 24th, 2002, 02:30 AM
Originally posted by Umpire

Brown is currently senior vice president for The Tennis Channel, a new cable network targeted for launch in November. The channel plans to program tennis tournaments, instruction and news 24 hours a day. His role focuses on licensing the network to the top cable and satellite distributors, including Time Warner, Comcast, Charter and DirecTV.

that's what I'm talking 'bout

Car Key Boi
Dec 24th, 2002, 02:36 AM
are they going to show more tits & ass?

junkartist
Dec 24th, 2002, 03:17 AM
ATT&T Broadband?!?!? Anyone? Please?:o

jojoseph
Dec 24th, 2002, 04:11 AM
Originally posted by Car Key Boi
are they going to show more tits & ass?

yeah, the same day you grow a brain

rhz
Dec 24th, 2002, 07:06 AM
no Cox cable??? :(

NJjeff
Dec 24th, 2002, 03:15 PM
Comcast has not yet added the tennis channel. Anyone who has Comcast, I ask to please go to their site and request it.

Here's the reply I received:

Thank you for your recent inquiry requesting The Tennis Channel. We
have customer interest in receiving The Tennis Channel and we will continue
to consider them the next time we add channels to our lineup. I will
forward your request for The Tennis Channel to our Marketing Department as a
vote for that channel.

The Decision to add The Tennis Channel or any channel has been, and
will continue to be based on customer surveys, letters and phone calls
regarding customer's programming interests, as well as contractual
agreements, federal and state legal requirements, local commitments, cost
and the ability to add the profitability of the company.

Thanks for taking the time to write, and thank you for subscribing
to Comcast.

Sincerely,


Katrina Anderson
Comcast Customer Care Specialist

gourownway
Dec 24th, 2002, 03:30 PM
That sounds like a positive response from Comcast. It's a better response then I got from Direct TV last week.

They told me that they apprciate customer requests however they can not discuss the addition of new channels until after press releases are made. They told me to check back at their website for news releases.

No hint of anything from them.

croat123
Dec 24th, 2002, 03:58 PM
NJjeff,

what is comcast's e-mail address

Warrior
Dec 24th, 2002, 04:11 PM
Try using customer feedback form at this address:

http://www.comcast.com/contactus/customerservice.html

ktwtennis
Dec 24th, 2002, 06:30 PM
All those who have NCTC as their cooperative that provides for your cable company, please contact your cable provider!!
Here is a list(in alphebetical order according to company name):
Adams CATV Inc. - Carbondale, PA
Alltel.com (Teleview)- Cornelia, GA
Antietam Cable TV - Hagerstown, MD
Barbourville Utility Commission - Barbourville, KY
Beaver Creek Cooperative Telephone Co. - Beavercreek, OR
Bend Cable Communication - Bend, OR
Braintree Electric Light Department - Braintree, MA
Bryan Municipal Utilities - Bryan, OH
BTC Multimedia - Bascom, OH
CableAmerica - Phoenix, AZ
Cable Communications of Willsboro - Willsboro, NY
Cable One - Phoenix, AZ
Cable TV of Rensselaer, Winamac - Rensselaer, IN
Cass Cable TV - Virginia, IL
Cedar Communications - Lakewood, WA
CedarVision - Hartington, NE
CFW Communications - Charlottesville, VA
Chambers Communications Corp. - Eugene, OR
City of Lebanon Telecommunications - Lebanon, OH
Classic Cable - Plainville, KS
Clear Creek Telephone & Television - Oregon City, OR
Clearsource - Corpus Christi, TX
CLR Video - Houlton, KS
Community Antenna Service, Inc. - Parkersburg, WV
Conneaut Telephone Co. - Conneaut, OH
Consolidated Cable TV - Lincoln, NE
Consolidated Cable Vision - Dickinson, ND
Coosa Cable - Pell City, AL
CoServ Communications - Corinth, TX
County Cablevision - Tulsa, OK
Davidson Cable TV - Bluffton, SC
DirectLink of Oregon - Canby, OR
Doylestown Telephone Company - Doylestown, OH
Easton Utilities - Easton, MD
Fidelity Communications - Sullivan, MO
First Commonwealth Cablevision - Saluda, VA
Galaxy Cable - Sikeston, MO
Garden Valley Telephone - Erskine, MN
Glasgow Electric Plant Board - Glasgow, KY
GEUS - Greenville, TX
Gridley Cable TV - Gridley, IL
GS Communications - Frederick, MD
Hydaburg Cable TV - Hydaburg, Alaska
Harlan Municipal Utilities - Harlan, IA
Heart of the Lakes Cable Systems - Annandale, MN
HITEC Cable - Hawarden, IA
Horry Telephone Cooperative - SC
HTC Services - Halstad, MN
Independence Telecommunications Utility - Independence, IA
KNOLOGY-The Media Co. - West Point, GA
Kraus Electronics Systems - Manhattan, IL
Lebanon, City of - Lebanon, OH
Lexcom Cable - Davidson County, NC
Loretel Cable - Ada, MN
Luverne TV Cable - Luverne, AL
MCT Telecom - Contoocook, NH
Mid-Hudson Cablevision - Catskill, New York
Mid-Iowa Communications - Gilman, IA
Middleburgh Cable TV - Middleburgh, NY
Midwest Cable Communications - Bemidji, MN
Millennium Digital Media - St. Louis, MO
Monroe Utilites Network - Monroe, GA
Murray Electric System - Murray, KY
Muscatine Power and Water - Muscatine, Iowa
New Knoxville Cable TV - New Knoxville, OH
Nova Cable Management, Inc. - Grand Haven, MI
Ohio Valley Cable, Evansville, IN
OmniTel Communications, Nora Springs, IA
Orion Cablesystems, San Diego, CA
Panhandle Telecommunications Systems, Inc. (PTSI)- Guymon, Okla.
Polar Communications - Park River, ND
Pinpoint Communications, Inc - Cambridge, NE
Range TV Cable and Broadband - Hibbing, MN
Runestone Telephone Association - Hoffman, MN
Scottsboro Electric Power Board - Scottsboro, AL
Seren Innovations, Inc. - Minneapolis, MN
Service Electric Cable TV, Inc. - Bethlehem, PA
Shenandoah Cable Television - Shenandoah County, VA
Spencer Municipal Utilities - Spencer, IA
Sunflower Broadband- Lawrence, KS
Tacoma Public Utilities - Tacoma, WA
Thomasville Utilities - Thomasville, GA
TSC Communications - Wapakoneta, OH
Terril Cable Systems - Terril, IA
Trans-Video Cable - Northfield, VT
Tri-County Communications Corp. - New Richmond, IN
Tri-County Cable TV - Belhaven, NC
Troy Cablevision - Troy, AL
Valley Cable TV - Ft. Valley, GA
Valparaiso Broadband Communication Systems - Valparaiso, FL
Vision Plus, Inc. - Lenora, KS
Vi-Tel Inc. - Davenport, OK
Walnut Telephone Company - Walnut, IA
WCENET - Murdo, SD
Western Cable Communications - Plainfield, IL

If you are on there, please help!! Also, here's the site of NCTC: http://www.cabletvcoop.org/everyone/linkindx.htm

Thanks!

ktwtennis
Dec 25th, 2002, 01:54 PM
Come on guys!! There has to be someone who wants this channel that lives in one of those cities!!

selesadmirer
Dec 25th, 2002, 02:54 PM
Is dtv(digital cable) getting it.

venusfan
Dec 25th, 2002, 03:43 PM
I hope Dish Network get the channel or else I'm out

leslie
Dec 25th, 2002, 05:23 PM
Originally posted by NJjeff
Comcast has not yet added the tennis channel. Anyone who has Comcast, I ask to please go to their site and request it.

Here's the reply I received:

Thank you for your recent inquiry requesting The Tennis Channel. We
have customer interest in receiving The Tennis Channel and we will continue
to consider them the next time we add channels to our lineup. I will
forward your request for The Tennis Channel to our Marketing Department as a
vote for that channel.

The Decision to add The Tennis Channel or any channel has been, and
will continue to be based on customer surveys, letters and phone calls
Where on the web page do I request the Tennis Channel. Comcast is my cable provider and I would love to voice my opinion for the Tennis Channel.
regarding customer's programming interests, as well as contractual
agreements, federal and state legal requirements, local commitments, cost
and the ability to add the profitability of the company.

Thanks for taking the time to write, and thank you for subscribing
to Comcast.

Sincerely,


Katrina Anderson
Comcast Customer Care Specialist

croat123
Dec 27th, 2002, 12:02 AM
here is my response from comcast, i doesn't look promising


Thank you for taking the time to write to us. We enjoy hearing from our
customers and prospective customers.

Comcast is dedicated to providing you with the best service possible.
We did receive your request for the Tennis channel. Currently that
channel is not available for your area, but your request has been
forwarded to our Marketing department for consideration and you will be
notified, should we decide to add your request to our line up.

Right now your current lineup can best be viewed by visiting our web
site www.Comcast.com or TvGuide.com and entering your zip code to find
your local cable office. Each cable office will have a list of the
channels and services it carries for your particular area. If you have
any other questions or concerns regarding this lineup please feel free
to contact us again or reach one of our customer service representative
at 1-888-COMCAST.


Sincerely,
Yvonne

Comcast Customer Care Specialist

selesadmirer
Dec 27th, 2002, 12:28 AM
did you visit thetennischannel.com website?

*JR*
Dec 28th, 2002, 01:03 AM
Perhaps this channel is caught in a classic bind: they need 2B available in X homes to sell the ads necessary to pay the listed tournaments with enough profit (if its a basic channel) from the ads for their costs AND the cable systems to make some money. If not, they won't be carried to begin with - the old chicken and the egg dilemma. In times of prosperity, it's a lot easier to pull this off than in a recession. If they become a premium channel, most systems won't let them sell ads, so they need many systems to put them on and give the channel a "fair cut" of the package they're PART of. The Golf Channel is able to avoid this trap because Comcast is a/the major owner, meaning they start with 40% of the U.S. market B4 other systems (esp. in "golf regions") even license it. This may explain why the Tennis Channel is 3 months late and counting now.

WtaTour4Ever
Dec 28th, 2002, 02:11 AM
I have a sinking feeling that insight cable is not going to carry it.... :-(

rated_next
Dec 28th, 2002, 05:16 AM
:sad:

Candy946
Dec 29th, 2002, 05:51 AM
I hope Charter Communications will carry it.