Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services and OLN, the leader in outdoor adventure and action sports television, are teaming up to offer customers the best way to experience the 2005 Tour de France - including 300 hours of race coverage and exclusive video-on-demand highlights - as Lance Armstrong makes his quest for an unprecedented seventh championship and bids adieu to professional cycling.
OLN: More Than 300 Hours of Tour Programming
During the 23-day Tour, Comcast customers can watch more than 300 hours of programming on OLN. The action begins on July 2 with a special Tour de France show at 8:30 a.m. (ET) followed by live coverage of stage one at 11:30 a.m. (ET).
The regular daily schedule for the remainder of the Tour includes live coverage every morning (excluding two rest days) with replays throughout the day, as well as a nightly prime-time race recap and analysis program. A complete daily schedule is available at http://www.OLNTV.com, the official U.S. Tour website.
In addition, fans can visit http://www.OLNTV.com to view video clips of race footage, features and reports from OLN analysts Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwen and Bob Roll and insights from experts, including Lance Armstrong's trainer, Chris Carmichael.
Comcast ON DEMAND: Daily Tour Highlights Packages Only On Cable
In addition to daily live race coverage on OLN, Comcast Digital Cable customers can access extended highlights the day after each stage of the Tour. The 8-10 minute highlights will feature all of the thrills - and spills - so customers can catch up with the race whenever it's convenient for them, day or night.
To view the highlights, customers can go to the Sports and Fitness category of the Comcast ON DEMAND menu, select OLN, and then the Tour de France section.
Comcast Digital Video Recorder Service: Pause and Rewind Live Coverage
For Comcast customers with Digital Video Recorder (DVR) service, instant replays of the most exciting moments of the Tour are just a click away. From a rider charging to the front of the pack to the near misses as the cyclists navigate the winding curves, viewers can pause and rewind OLN's Tour coverage and relive their favorite moments over and over again.
"This year's Tour de France promises to be one of the most anticipated and exciting races ever, and Comcast is offering viewers the chance to enjoy the action on their schedule," said Page Thompson, Vice President and General Manager of Comcast ON DEMAND. "From the first stage until the riders reach the Champs Elysees, customers can count on Comcast to deliver the most comprehensive Tour experience, from live daily coverage to our ON DEMAND and DVR services."
OLN is the leader in outdoor adventure and action sports television. Now in more than 63 million homes, OLN is the home of best-in-class events like The Tour de France, The Gravity Games, Professional Bull Riders (PBR), the Boston Marathon and USSA Skiing. The network offers exclusive programming in four primary areas: Action Sports, Field Sports, Bulls & Rodeo and Awe-Inspiring Series, and is the exclusive home of "Survivor" in syndication. OLN is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the continental United States and Hawaii.
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