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Grande Adds MLB Network

Timed to see the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers compete in the 2015 pennant race, Grande Communications, the Texas-based broadband and TV provider, has launched MLB Network and the MLB Network Strike Zone look-in channel, on the Ultra Sports Tier package. MLB Network is on on HD channel 922 and SD channel 133. MLB Network Strike Zone is on channel 923.

“We are thrilled to bring MLB Network and MLB Network Strike Zone to Grande customers, especially as the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers compete in the 2015 pennant races,” Rob McGlarry, president of MLB Network, said in a release. “This partnership is in line with our goal to make MLB Network available as widely as possible, and Grande customers will now have the opportunity to receive the only network on television committed to covering baseball 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”

“Grande is dedicated to providing customers with an extensive lineup of sports coverage. We are excited to deliver more Major League Baseball as part of our ongoing effort to enhance our customers’ experience,” Matt Rohre, senior vice president of operations and general manager of Grande Communications, said in the release. “This new channel carriage is a direct result of customer requests, especially as the season comes to the exciting finish, with playoffs around the corner.”

MLB Network launched in January 2009 in 50 million homes and is currently distributed in approximately 70 million homes throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

Grande operates in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, San Marcos, Waco, Temple, Corpus Christi, Midland and Odessa.