Anaheim, Calif. -- Fox Cable Networks Group will launch its Fox Sports
Digital Nets services on AT&T Broadband systems as part of an agreement
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and AT&T Broadband would not commit
a specific number of subscribers to Fox Sports.
The three-channel Fox Sports Digital Nets service -- which offers live event
programming and regional sports-news coverage from Fox Sports Net's 22 regional
sports networks -- now has agreements with four of the top eight MSOs, including
Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications Inc., Fox Cable Networks Group
executive vice president of affiliate sales and marketing Lindsay Gardner
The digi-nets will also launch on AT&T's Headend in the Sky
digital-distribution platform later this month.
Gardner said he expects the services -- launched to help cable operators
compete against the direct-broadcast satellite services' sports offerings -- to
be in about 2.5 million homes by the end of 2002.
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