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Comcast SportsNet Northwest
CSN Logo
Launched November 1, 2007
Network Comcast SportsNet
Owned by Comcast
Country United States
Language American English
Broadcast area Washington
Oregon
Website CSN Northwest
Availability
Cable
Comcast (Oregon and SW Washington) 37 (SD), 737 (HD)
Comcast (Olympia, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma) 179
Ashland TV 82[1]
BendBroadband 40 (SD), 640 (HD)[2]
Canby Telcom 33 (SD), 733 (HD)[3]
Country Cablevision 9
Monroe Telephone 153
Scio Cablevision 5
Verizon FiOS (Portland, Seattle) 77, 1526 (SD), 577 (HD)
Wave Broadband Area-dependent: 37, 45, 63, 78[4]

Comcast SportsNet Northwest (CSN Northwest) is a member of the Comcast SportsNet network of regional sports networks that covers local sports teams throughout the Northwest United States, particularly Oregon. CSN Northwest is the newest addition to Comcast SportsNet. It launched on November 1, 2007, at 5 p.m. local time. The Portland Trail Blazers and Oregon Ducks are the main attractions, but the channel will cover other Northwest sports including college and high school sports. [5]

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Programming

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Portland Trail Blazers

After the Trail Blazers dismantled their pay-per-view network BlazerVision in 2001, the team's games were shown on FSN Northwest through the 2006–07 season. At the conclusion of the 2006–07 season FSN did not renew their contract with the Blazers, so Comcast SportsNet Northwest stepped in to replace FSN Northwest.

During its launch season, Comcast SportsNet Northwest carried at least 55 regular-season Trail Blazers games. When combined with the Trail Blazers' over-the-air coverage, 81 regular-season Trail Blazers games were on TV, the most in the team's history. The new network aired 28 of the 36 home games in high definition (HD).[6]

During the 2008–09 season, the NBA allowed Comcast SportsNet Northwest to expand their Trail Blazers coverage into the Seattle area. Comcast SportsNet had been prohibited from broadcasting Trail Blazers' games in Seattle during prior seasons due to the presence of the former Seattle SuperSonics who moved to Oklahoma City in 2008 to become the Oklahoma City Thunder.

University of Oregon Ducks

The UO Ducks' sports broadcasting network, the Oregon Sports Network (OSN), was looking for more air time and availability. When Comcast SportsNet Northwest launched, Oregon Sports Network negotiated a contract with Comcast SportsNet Northwest to air many of the university's football and basketball games that were not scheduled to be aired nationally or on FSN. In 2008 Comcast SportsNet became the main channel for OSN. Games broadcast by CSN Northwest for OSN are simulcast on KLSR-TV in Eugene.

Other

Other programming includes expanded pre-game and post-game Trail Blazers analysis, selected summer league, pre-season and playoff games, a season preview, and specials focused on the NBA draft, the All-Star Game, and the playoffs. Comcast SportsNet Northwest also covers a variety of other sports relevant to fans in the region and produces a daily morning news show with the latest highlights, updates and stats. The network will provide fans with multimedia sports content online and through video on demand.[7]

Comcast SportsNet Northwest is locally run out of an office in Portland. It also has a studio in the Rose Garden to provide up-to-date coverage of the Blazers.

Comcast SportsNet Northwest carries 25 Vancouver Canucks NHL games per season, using the feed from Rogers Sportsnet Pacific. Using relationships with other Comcast-owned channels, CSN Northwest also broadcasts 35 other games from around the league. Additionally, the channel offers select Portland Winter Hawks home games from the WHL.

Comcast SportsNet Northwest also simulcasts two sports radio shows. Dave "Softy" Mahler from Clear Channel Seattle's Sports Radio 950 KJR (AM) is shown live from 10am-1pm. The FAN, from Portland's KFXX is shown from 3pm-6pm.

During the 2009 Pacific Coast League baseball season, Comcast SportsNet Northwest began carrying selected Tacoma Rainiers games live. Rainiers radio play-by-play man Mike Curto would call the games on radio and the audio would be simulcast on the television broadcast.

Carriage

CSN Northwest is seen on several cable systems, but two of the larger satellite systems maintain that Comcast is negotiating in bad faith. For example, on one hand Comcast argues that the channel must be on a low tier with the most customers.[8] At the same time, Comcast argues that non-Comcast-owned sports channels should be shown only on a sports tier.[9] The NBA Trail Blazers are said to be frustrated and disappointed by the conduct of Comcast over their contract with CSN.[10]

As of September 2009, Comcast Cable (Oregon and Washington), Ashland TV (SD only), BendBroadband, Canby Telcom, Country Cablevision (SD only), Monroe Telephone (SD only), Scio Cablevision (SD only), Verizon FiOS (SD only), and Wave Broadband (SD only) are carrying the channel.[11] Neither DirecTV nor Dish Network has yet signed on to carry this channel, despite both carrying all other Comcast channels (except Philadelphia, which is not distributed by satellite). Paul Allen-owned cable provider Charter Communications also does not carry the channel at this time.

The Consumer Protection Committee of the Oregon House of Representatives held a hearing on February 24, 2010 to help get the channel on DirecTV, Dish Network and Charter Cable. [12] No one from DirecTV, Dish Network, or the Trail Blazers attended. [13]

Comcast SportsNet Northwest HD

Comcast SportsNet Northwest HD is a 1080i high definition simulcast of Comcast SportsNet Northwest. CSN Northwest broadcast 28 Portland Trail Blazers home games in HD in the 2007–08 season[14] and 32 games were shown in HD for 2008–09. Blazers broadcaster Mike Barrett stated on the air during the April 13 game against the Clippers that all games would air in HD from then on.[15]

References

  1. ^ Ashland TV channels
  2. ^ BendBroadband Adds Comcast Sports Net and the Blazer Channel, November 21, 2008
  3. ^ Canby Telcom channels
  4. ^ "Wave Broadband: Comcast SportsNet NW Now Available". http://www.wbcable.com/services/news_blazers.htm. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  5. ^ Mike Rogoway, Comcast's sports channels fuel bidding war, May 29, 2007
  6. ^ Comcast SportsNet, Blazers create network - Portland Business Journal, May 21, 2007
  7. ^ BLAZERS: Comcast Sports Net Northwest, Portland Trail Blazers Announce a New Regional Sports Network, May 21, 2007
  8. ^ http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081029/SPORTS/810290318
  9. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/06/sports/football/06sandomir.html?ref=arts
  10. ^ http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2010/01/blazers_say_they_are_pursuing.html
  11. ^ "Channel Locations". http://northwest.comcastsportsnet.com/channel_locations.aspx. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  12. ^ Reynolds, Mike (February 20, 2010). "Oregon Legislature Could Hold Hearing On Comcast RSN's Carriage Impasse: Report". Multichannel News. http://www.multichannel.com/article/450171-Oregon_Legislature_Could_Hold_Hearing_On_Comcast_RSN_s_Carriage_Impasse_Report.php. Retrieved February 20, 2010. 
  13. ^ Freeman, Joe (February 24, 2010). "Legislature offers sympathetic ear, but little else, to Blazers fans frustrated with Comcast". The Oregonian. http://blog.oregonlive.com/behindblazersbeat/2010/02/legislature_offers_sympathetic.html. Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
  14. ^ Comcast SportsNet, Blazers create network - Portland Business Journal:
  15. ^ Portland Trail Blazers CSN Schedule

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