CSTV Scores Comcast Chicago, Indiana Systems

CSTV Networks said it will launch on Comcast Systems in Chicago and South Bend, Ind. Beginning June 27.

Under the previously announced deal, both systems will launch the 24-hour college sports network on their respective sports Entertainment Package tiers, although the network would not reveal specific subscriber numbers.

The Comcast Chicago and South Bend carriage agreement comes on the heels of network MSO launches with Time Warner Cable (Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston Salem); Cox Communications (Tulsa; Charter -- Ft. Worth;);RCN (Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia); and Advanced Cable (Weston and Coral Springs, Florida).

CSTV now counts more than 21 million homes.

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.