Brettman: Charter Cable To Carry Trail Blazers Games
Some good news this morning for Trail Blazers fans in eastern, southern and coastal Oregon. According to Allan Brettman at The Oregonian
, Comcast SportsNet Northwest will be available to Charter Cable subscribers in September, meaning Charter customers will have the option of watching Trail Blazers games next season.
Comcast SportsNet Northwest, the team's primary broadcast partner, plans to announce that it will be available over Charter Communications for the first time starting Sept. 17 -- just in time for the new NBA season. Charter is the dominant cable-TV provider on much of the Oregon coast and in swaths of southern, central and eastern Oregon, as well as parts of Washington.
Fans will have to pay for premium cable packages in those areas to get Comcast SportsNet, and satellite and other cable providers still remain blacked out from the network.
A Charter official said rates would not increase as a result of the agreement. Expanded digital basic service starts at $59 a month, a Charter spokesman said. Charter's customer service phone number is 888-438-2427.
That's the good news. The bad news is that CSNNW will still not be available to satellite subscribers, as a DirecTV spokesperson noted that a carriage agreement is "unlikely" any time soon.
Here's the press release from Comcast:
Vancouver, Wash. – August 15, 2013 – Charter and Comcast SportsNet Northwest (CSNNW) today announced the completion of a distribution agreement for Charter to launch CSNNW to Charter customers throughout the Pacific Northwest.
CSNNW, home of the NBA Portland Trail Blazers, and provider of extensive coverage of the University of Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers, as well as other popular northwest sports programming, will be available to Charter’s customers on Expanded Basic Digital service beginning September 17 on digital channel 427 and in HD on channel 827.
Frank Antonovich, vice president and general manager for Charter’s operations in the northwest said, “As the exclusive cable provider in most areas for Comcast SportsNet Northwest in Charter’s Oregon and Washington service areas, we’re pleased that our customers will now enjoy watching the Blazers games, and all the other quality sports programming the network provides.”
“We are delighted that Comcast SportsNet Northwest will be available to Charter customers,” said Larry Eldridge, general manager of Comcast SportsNet Northwest. “This comes just as we ramp up our Trail Blazers and Ducks and Beavers collegiate programming into the fall.”
“This is terrific news for our fan base,” said Trail Blazers President & CEO Chris McGowan. “Some of our biggest fans are Charter customers and we’re thrilled that they’ll be able to watch much more Trail Blazers basketball beginning this season.”
For more information regarding Charter, call 1-888-438-2427 or go to charter.com. For more info regarding Comcast SportsNet Northwest, go to: csnnw.com.