Comcast To Televise Husky Women's Basketball
Dec. 22, 2006
SEATTLE - The University of Washington Department of Athletics and Comcast have reached an agreement that will allow Comcast customers access to Husky women's basketball games free this season via its ON DEMAND service.
Four Huskies' games will be televised this season: Jan.11 (vs. Stanford), Feb. 1 (vs. Arizona State), February 8 (vs. California), and Feb. 22 (vs. Oregon State). Games will be available on Comcast ON DEMAND as soon as 24 hours after the final buzzer sounds. The Cal game on Feb. 8 will also air live on Comcast cable outlets throughout the state of Washington.
'The women's Husky games are a perfect addition to our growing local ON DEMAND sports library.' said Tom Pierce, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Comcast. 'You won't find these games anywhere else on TV and we're proud to offer them free on our digital cable service.'
The addition of ON DEMAND telecasts brings the total number of television appearances for the UW women's basketball program during the 2006-07 season to nine. The department is also pursuing opportunities for additional telecasts during the Pac-10 regular-season.
'We are really pleased to be able to extend the coverage of the Husky women's basketball program through this unique opportunity with Comcast,' said Todd Turner, UW's director of athletics. 'We continue to be diligent to find ways to provide Husky fans with quality sports programming on television. This agreement will help us achieve that goal in addition to providing additional exposure of a deserving program that has a loyal following.'
The UW women's basketball program has advanced to NCAA post-season tournament play 15 times in the last 20 seasons, including last season's team that went 19-11 and defeated Minnesota in the first round. This year's team entered the 2006-007 season rated as one of the top 25 teams in the country, while senior guard Cameo Hicks is generally acknowledged as one of the nation's top players. Head Coach June Daugherty earned her 300th career coaching victory on Dec. 6 with a win over 15th ranked Texas A&M at UW's Bank of America Arena.
About Comcast on Demand
Comcast's ON DEMAND service offers a growing library of more than 7,500 programs per month-- available any time customers want to watch them, with the ability to fast forward, rewind and pause selections. Approximately 95 percent ON DEMAND programs are available at no additional charge for Comcast Digital Cable customers based on their service levels. Viewers can choose from various categories including movies, network primetime shows, kids programming, and sports and fitness.
Comcast also is introducing high-definition (HD) ON DEMAND programming, giving customers the added choice and convenience of watching programs in crystal-clear HD at any time. The company announced last month that it has reached its 3 billionth ON DEMAND view, since introducing ON DEMAND in 2004.
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (http://www.comcast.com) is the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. With 23.3 million cable customers, 10 million high-speed Internet customers, and 1.6 million voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.
Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, OLN, G4, AZN Television, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One and four regional Comcast SportsNets. Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.
Comcast's Washington market, based in Bothell, employs nearly 3,000 people in Washington and operates two call centers in Fife and Everett which handle nearly 100 percent of all calls made by Comcast Washington customers. Seattle Magazine in March, 2005 named Comcast one of the state's best places to work.