03/23/2006 9:37 PM ET
Cablevision, SportsNet New York announce carriage agreement
New 24-hour sports network featuring New York Mets baseball games
BETHPAGE, NY and NEW YORK -- Cablevision Systems Corp.
(NYSE: CVC) and SportsNet New York today announced a long-term agreement to provide the
new regional sports network featuring the New York Mets and the New York Jets to Cablevision
The new network will be added to Cablevision's Family Cable (expanded basic) level of service
today on channel 60, in time for tonight's live pre-season game against the Florida Marlins. In
Cablevision's Litchfield, Connecticut service area, SportsNet New York will appear on channel
62. The agreement will also allow Cablevision to deliver to its HD customers a high-definition
version of all regular season home Mets games carried by SportsNet New York.
"This is good news for our customers and a strong addition to our television service," said Tom
Rutledge, Cablevision's Chief Operating Officer. "Cablevision offers our television, voice and
Internet customers better service and more value than they can receive from any other cable or
satellite provider, and we welcome SportsNet New York and its coverage of Mets games to a
programming line-up that is second to none."
"Cablevision's service area represents the heart of the Mets' fan base, so this is a landmark
agreement for our network and for New York sports fans," said Jon Litner, president of
SportsNet New York. "We look forward to providing Mets games and our compelling blend of
24/7 sports programming to Cablevision customers."
About SportsNet New York
SportsNet New York (SNY), which launched March 16, 2006, is New York's new regional
sports network founded by Sterling Entertainment Enterprises, Time Warner and Comcast. SNY
is a 24/7 regional sports and entertainment television network that will feature up to 125 regular
season New York Mets telecasts - as well as provide unparalleled live sports and local news
coverage to the Tri-State area through three nightly "SportsNite" shows. SNY will be available
to viewers in New York, Connecticut, most of New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania. In
addition to Mets games, SNY is also the official year-round television home of the New York
Jets, providing viewers the most exclusive coverage and access to the Jets organization and its
players. SNY will also televise other professional and collegiate sports, including basketball and
football games from the Big East and Big Ten conferences, as well as classic sports and event
programming. SNY will also feature exclusive interview and magazine programs.
Cablevision Systems Corporation is one of the nation's leading entertainment and
telecommunications companies. Its cable television operations serve more than 3 million
households in the New York metropolitan area. The company's advanced telecommunications
offerings include its iO: Interactive Optimum digital television, Optimum Online high-speed
Internet, Optimum Voice digital voice-over-cable, and its Optimum Lightpath integrated
business communications services. Cablevision's Rainbow Media Holdings LLC operates
several successful programming businesses, including AMC, IFC, WE and other national and
regional networks. In addition to its telecommunications and programming businesses,
Cablevision owns Madison Square Garden and its sports teams, the New York Knicks, Rangers
and Liberty. The company also operates New York's famed Radio City Music Hall, and owns
and operates Clearview Cinemas.