Mediacom and NFL Network agreed to a long-term agreement, which will put the channel on the media company's digital plus level of service by the start of the 2011 regular season.
Mediacom, the nation's eighth-largest cable company, also will air NFL Network's RedZone, a channel that bounces from game-to-game based on potential scoring situations, on its a la carte service.
NFL Network has local flavor with Cedar Rapids native and former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner as a full-time analyst. Iowa City native, former Iowa quarterback and local television personality Paul Burmeister serves as a host for a variety of shows. NFL Network airs NFL-related content, original programming and games, plus live Arena League and Canadian Football League games in the summer.
NFL Network broadcasts eight live regular-season games in November and December and airs multiple replays of the top regular-season games. The network also airs every preseason game live or tape-delayed.
Corridor companies South Slope and ImOn Communications also carry NFL Network.
Here's the news release from Mediacom:
Cedar Rapids, IA – August 18, 2011 - Mediacom Communications and NFL Network announced today that they have reached a new, long-term agreement for carriage of NFL Network. Mediacom, the eighth largest cable operator in the country, will also offer the innovative NFL RedZone channel to its customers. NFL Network and NFL RedZone will be available through Mediacom in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and surrounding areas in time for the 2011 NFL season.
NFL Network will be available on Mediacom’s Digital Plus level of service (HD channel 766 and SD channel 186). NFL RedZone, which airs on Sundays throughout the regular season, will be offered a la carte to Mediacom subscribers (HD channel 767 and SD channel 187).
“We are thrilled with the addition of NFL Network and NFL RedZone to our programming line- up. We continue to invest to improve the products and services we provide to our customers, whether it’s new programming, more HD channels, faster internet speeds or better telephone service,” said Doug Frank, Mediacom’s regional vice president of operations. “This is another example of Mediacom listening to our customers and delivering what they want.”
“Mediacom is one of the top cable operators in the country and we are excited its subscribers will be the newest fans to enjoy the only network that delivers football 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” said John Malkin, NFL Network vice president of affiliate distribution. “With the 2011 NFL regular season less than a month away, Mediacom subscribers will be able to enjoy our Thursday Night Football games, Sunday NFL GameDay shows, NFL Total Access, Emmy award-winning NFL Films programming and much more. In addition, NFL RedZone features every touchdown from every game on Sunday afternoons.”
NFL Network is the destination for all that happens around the sport of football. NFL Network airs seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and provides viewers with nearly 2,000 hours a year of original programming, including: NFL Total Access, NFL GameDay, Top 10, Playbook, NFL Replay, NFL Classic Games plus the Emmy award-winning Sound FX and America’s Game that features the Green Bay Packers this year and debuts on Sept. 7 at 9:00 PM ET.
NFL Network is the home of Thursday Night Football, eight NFL regular season games leading up to the playoffs. This year’s schedule kicks off on November 10 with the Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers and features the new announcing team of Mike Mayock and Brad Nessler. In addition, NFL Network also features every NFL preseason game starting in August, AFL and CFL games, the Senior Bowl, plus more coverage of the NFL Draft, Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony, NFL Scouting Combine and Super Bowl than anyone else.
NFL Network’s roster of more than 45 analysts, reporters and hosts includes new Hall of Famers Marshall Faulk and Deion Sanders, as well as Super Bowl-winning quarterback Kurt Warner and former University of Iowa quarterback Paul Burmeister.
NFL RedZone, produced by NFL Network, whips around every NFL game on Sunday afternoons, delivering the touchdowns and most exciting moments as they happen and in high definition. When a team goes inside the 20-yard line, fans see the crucial plays live. The channel keeps fans up-to-date in real time, switching from game to game with live look-ins, highlights and a chance to see every important play. For more information on NFL RedZone, visit www.nfl.com/redzonetv.
Mediacom is the nation's eighth largest cable television company and one of the leading cable operators focused on serving the smaller cities in the United States, with a significant concentration in the Midwestern and Southeastern regions. Mediacom offers a wide array of broadband products and services, including traditional and advanced video services such as digital television, video-on-demand, digital video recorders, high-definition television, as well as high-speed Internet access and phone service. Through Mediacom Business, the Company offers affordable broadband communications solutions that can be tailored to any size business. For more information about Mediacom, please visit www.mediacomcc.com.
About NFL Network
NFL Network airs seven days a week, 24 hours a day on a year-round basis and is the only television network fully dedicated to the NFL and the sport of football. Fans turn to NFL Network to receive inside information and insights straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news.
NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps. For more information log onto NFL.com, the exclusive home of NFL Network, NFL video highlights, NFL chats, news and information.
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NFL Network new addition to Mediacom Digital Plus
SD Channel 186 / HD Channel 766
NFL RedZone a la carte subscriptionSD Channel 187 / HD Channel 767