Charter partners with ESPN

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Posted by on October 06, 2009 at 15:50:23:

Charter Serves Up

Cable Firm Latest in Recent Series of Cable Affiliate Launches for Broadband Site

by Kent Gibbons -- Multichannel News, 10/5/2009 3:51:27 PM

Charter now offers the broadband network to its high-speed Internet customers at no additional charge to them.

The service, for which cable or telco affiliates pay a fee based on the number of their HSI customers, shows more than 3,500 live, global sports events annually. ESPN360 lets users view up to 15 simultaneous live events, toggling between games in a main viewing window. The service includes events from the NBA, NCAA men's and women's basketball, NCAA college football, FIFA World Cup events and global qualifiers, among other content.

It now is available to more than two-thirds of U.S. broadband users, with recent launches by Comcast, Suddenlink and Cox prior to Charter, despite recent continued protests by cable representatives of the per-subscriber-fee model.

Rich DiGeronimo, Charter vice president of product panagement, said in a release: "Many Charter customers are avid sports fans, so our goal is to bring coverage of their favorite team and live sporting events into their living rooms or online anytime, anywhere. is another key player on our sports roster; providing fans the power of choice and control, and TV quality picture through Charter's high-speed Internet service."

David Preschlack, executive vice president, Disney and ESPN Media Networks, added: "Fans are looking to access their favorite sports on any screen, and we're thrilled that Charter high-speed customers now have Today, the service enables more than 50 million Americans more flexibility in how they watch their favorite sports."

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