03/14/2006 5:02 PM ET
SportsTime Ohio and Adelphia finalize broadcast rights agreement
Northern Ohio subscribers to see Tribe games as of Thursday
CLEVELAND -- SportsTime Ohio and Adelphia of Northern Ohio today announced that the new Indians television network will air on Adelphia beginning Thursday, March 16th with the telecast of the Spring Training Indians vs Minnesota Twins game at 8 p.m. The pre-game show will air at 7:30 pm.
"We are pleased to add Adelphia to our growing list of partners and are very appreciative to their commitment to the negotiating process. From the start, they understood the importance of the Cleveland Indians to their subscribers" Liberatore said. "Their presence throughout the region will bring Tribe baseball to thousands of Indians fans. We continue to work hard to finalize our outstanding partnerships to ensure that all the Indians games
and the related programming are available to the widest possible audience."
"Adelphia is delighted to bring SportsTime Ohio and Indians baseball to our viewers" said Pamela Mackenzie, Area Vice President of Northern Ohio, herself an avid baseball fan. "2006 promises to be an exciting season for the Indians and these games are sure to delight local fans. This is another example of Adelphia's commitment to superior programming and customer satisfaction."
Adelphia subscribers in Northern Ohio will see five spring training games, 130 in-season games during the 2006 season and other original local programming centering on the interests and passions of Northern Ohio sports fans.
Adelphia customers will be able to view Cleveland Indians games on the following channels:
Cleveland and suburbs: Channel 17
Ashtabula Area: Channel 30
Lorain Area: Channel 23
Macedonia Area: Channel 97
Port Clinton Area: Channel 17
SportsTime Ohio will broadcast all of the Indians home games in high definition - giving fans baseball action like never before. From the first broadcast, crisper action from 11 cameras (it was previously eight) and surround sound will help bring the baseball experience into the living rooms of fans.
About SportsTime Ohio
SportsTime Ohio is a Northern Ohio regional sports network which will offer a variety of sports programming produced for the Ohio sports fan. Beginning March 12, 2006, SportsTime Ohio launched the largest television package in Cleveland Indians history of 158 games annually. The schedule calls for SportsTime Ohio to air 130 regular season games and eight spring training games on cable and satellite television. SportsTime Ohio will also broadcast an additional 20 games on WKYC-TV (Cleveland) and other over-the air local television stations in key Indians television markets. Plans are being developed to offer additional programming, geared specifically toward Ohio-area sports fans and the passion that makes the region a great sports community, to complement this expanded baseball schedule throughout the year.
About Adelphia Communications
Adelphia Communications Corporation is the fifth-largest cable television company in the country. It serves 3,500 communities in 31 states and offers analog and digital cable services, high-speed Internet access and other advanced services.