Comcast.net Expands Roster for Its Online Sports Channel - Adding Video Content from FOXSports.com and More
Comcast, the nation's leading broadband Internet provider, today
announced that it has bolstered its online Sports Channel on the award-winning
Comcast.net portal - adding access to more breaking news, video content from
FOXSports.com, exclusive editorial content, real-time statistics, and interactive
features. The new online Sports Channel lineup includes news, scores, and standings
from all major sports and leagues, including: MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, golf, and
major college sports.
The expanded Sports Channel offers unique features that visitors can use to
personalize their experience. The Scoreboard provides users with a listing
of in-progress scores and daily schedules, while The Assistant allows
users to track the scores from their favorite teams.
Comcast is also introducing the Sports Fan - a broadband media player
dedicated to sports video content, in a format that makes it easy
to watch, find and save favorite sports video highlights and clips. The "Sports
Fan" marks the first spin-off of Comcast's The Fan™, which is responsible
for increasing video usage on Comcast.net by a factor of 15.
Comcast scored a major win with the addition of premier FOXSports.com
video content to The Fan, Comcast's patent-pending innovative broadband
media player found on the Comcast.net home page. Now, Comcast's 5.7 million
customers can visit Comcast.net's Sports Channel to view the latest from Fox
Sports and Fox Sports Net including player interviews and clips from the popular
show, "Best Damn Sports Show Period." Year-round access to FOXSports.com
video content will be especially valuable during the playoffs for major professional
sports, including the World Series™, and college sports championships.
This announcement closely follows the news that Comcast is providing game highlights
of the NHL Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Finals on Comcast.net and
via its cable ON DEMAND service, in addition to having broadcast the games in
Comcast also added Major League Baseball content from MLB.com, with
highlights available on The Fan, including the Daily Highlight, which
showcases the previous day's top plays. Comcast High-Speed Internet customers
can also sign up to receive special discounts on MLB.com's All-Access service.
Regularly updated sports headlines - courtesy of The Associated Press
- provide access to the latest breaking news. This news is complemented by original
content - such as "Vito's View," a weekly column about news, issues
and trends in the world of sports.
"Comcast is pleased to provide sports fans with all the sights, sounds
and unbelievable details of sports news and videos that only a broadband connection
can provide," said Greg Butz, senior vice president of marketing and business
development for Comcast's online business. "The Sports Channel is designed
with the sports fan in mind - with access to streaming videos, killer content,
real-time scoring, breaking news, and personalization tools, all of which create
a truly interactive sports experience. With the additions of MLB, NHL and now
FOXSports.com popular content, we are now even better positioned to deliver
the ultimate in sports information and entertainment."
Sports fans can access the content by clicking the left hand "Sports"
link on the Comcast.net portal homepage.
Comcast's premier broadband online service,
www.comcast.net features news, weather, and stocks, plus exclusive broadband
content with streaming video and high-quality sound.
Comcast.net features include:
- The Fan, an innovative broadband video player. Since its launch on www.comcast.net,
video usage on the site has increased by a factor of 15.
- The Assistant, a personalized toolbar with always-on utilities such as weather,
sports scores, stock watch lists, horoscopes and much, much more.
- Content from leading providers such as E!, G4, The Weather Channel, IFC, Planeta
Networks, Atom Films, and others
- Comcast Rhapsody, the country's leading Internet jukebox service that provides
subscribers with unlimited access to a vast library of music from all five major
labels plus more than 200 independent music labels.
- "AskComcast," an interactive help tool developed using technology from Conversagent. This interactive agent "chats" with Comcast High-Speed Internet customers in a conversational personalized way, helping them find information they desire about their service and its features.
About FOX Sports Interactive Media
FOX Sports Interactive Media (FSIM) develops new media initiatives for FOX Sports
and FOX Sports Net. FSIM distribution channels include Internet (www.foxsports.com),
broadband, wireless and interactive television. FOXSports.com is a comprehensive
and entertaining online source of sports news, information, listings, games
and special features about programming on FOX Sports, FOX Sports Net, FOX Sports
Radio and much more from the world of sports. FSIM is owned and managed by FOX
Sports Networks, a subsidiary of FOX Entertainment Group, a division of News
Headquartered in Philadelphia, Comcast Cable is a division of Comcast Corporation,
a developer, manager and operator of broadband cable networks and provider of
programming content. With a presence in 22 of the top 25 United States markets,
Comcast is one of the leading communications, media and entertainment companies
in the world. Providing basic cable, Digital Cable, high-speed Internet and
telephone services, Comcast is the company to look to first for the communications
products and services that connect people to what's important in their lives.
The company's 59,000 employees serve more than 21 million customers