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.
New Customization 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.
New Content 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 HDTV.
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.
About Comcast.net 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 Corp.
About Comcast 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