03/27/2006 5:10 PM ET
SportsTime Ohio finalizes broadcast agreements with WOW!, GLW Broadband, Massillon Cable and Clear Picture
More than 1.8 million households to see all 130 Tribe games
CLEVELAND -- Fastball Sports Productions President Jim Liberatore today announced that SportsTime Ohio, the new Indians television network, will air on WOW! Cable, GLW Broadband, Massillon Cable and Clear Picture.
"Everyone at SportsTime Ohio is extremely appreciative of these carriers' approach to our negotiations," said Jim Liberatore, president of Fastball Sports Productions. "Each
cable system wanted to be sure they could offer the Indians and SportsTime Ohio to their subscribers from the day we started negotiating and because of their dedication to the
process, were able to deliver."
WOW! Basic subscribers can tune into SportsTime Ohio on channel 57 in the Columbus area and channel 72 in the Cleveland area (EWTN, currently on WOW! channel 72 in
Cleveland, will be moving to channel 95). Customers who subscribe to WOW! High Definition service will receive SportsTime Ohio on WOW! HD channel 221 in both
markets. The programming is scheduled to air on channel 37 for GLW subscribers in Grafton, Wellington, LaGrange and Eaton. Massillon Cable (serving western Stark
County) will air the network on channel 11 while Clear Picture (serving central Wayne County) will broadcast SportsTime Ohio on channel 10.
Available as of March 30, WOW! Subscribers will see two spring training games before the regular season. SportsTime Ohio will air on GLW, Massillon and Clear Picture as of
March 29, and subscribers will see three spring training games and 130 in-season games during the 2006 season. Other original local programming centering on the interests and
passions of Northern Ohio sports fans is also being developed.
The addition of WOW!, GLW Broadband, Massillon Cable and Clear Picture brings SportsTime Ohio's total number of cable partners to 14, including Time Warner (Ch. 23/523-HD), Adelphia (Cleveland and suburbs: Ch 17/ 798-HD; Ashtabula: Ch 30/798-HD; Lorain: Ch 23/ 798-HD; Macedonia: Ch 97/ 798-HD; Port Clinton: Ch 17/ 798-HD), Comcast (Ch. 73); Cox Communications (Ch. 58/ 758-HD); BTC Multimedia (Ch 76), City of Wadsworth Cable (Ch 77), Doylestown Cable (Ch 16), Cable Suite 541 (Ch 81), TSC Communication (Ch 12), Buckeye CableSystem - Toledo (Ch 32), and Erie County
Cablevision (Ch 57).
Viewers whose cable systems are already airing SportsTime Ohio can see the following upcoming Spring training games:
*Wednesday, March 29 at 1 pm vs. Houston Astros
*Thursday, March 30 at 8 pm (delayed) vs. Detroit Tigers
*Friday, March 31 at 7 pm (delayed) vs. Cincinnati Reds
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. www.sportstimeohio.com