Authenticated Service Launches October 25 in Most Time Warner Cable Markets
NEW YORK, N.Y. and BRISTOL, Conn. – When the New York Giants take on the Dallas Cowboys, Time Warner Cable customers will not only be able to watch the game on their television set but will also be able to access the game through their Internet connection. As part of a recently announced agreement between ESPN and Time Warner Cable, beginning October 25, Time Warner Cable customers who receive ESPN as part of their video subscription will have access to a live simulcast of ESPN on their computers as well as access to ESPN3.com. To preregister, Time Warner Cable customers can go now to http://myservices.timewarnercable.com. On the 25th, customers can also go directly to ESPNnetworks.com or ESPN3.com to register or sign in and view the programming.
At launch, the new authenticated service will give Time Warner Cable subscribers the opportunity to watch ESPN’s linear network online. In the near future, access to ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater will also be offered through this same process, as well as on other Internet enabled devices such as mobile phones and tablets. Consumers can access the channels through a centralized web site, ESPNnetworks.com.
ESPN3.com, ESPN’s live sports broadband service, will also be available to Time Warner Cable subscribers who get ESPN through their video subscription. ESPN3.com gives fans a 24/7 online destination that delivers more than 3,500 live, global sports events annually. Fans can toggle between up to 20 events in a main viewing window, and with a single click, jump to another event. Video can be viewed in widescreen (16:9) and normal (4:3) views and can be expanded to full screen or reduced to a compact size. Recently completed events are archived and available for on-demand replay.
“We are proud to be the first to use TV Everywhere to bring ESPN to our customers via the Internet and we are pleased that experience will include ESPN3 for our ESPN subscribers,” said Melinda Witmer, EVP & Chief Programming Officer for Time Warner Cable. “Our interests are really aligned here. Bringing ESPN to the fan who wants to start the game at work, on the train ride home, or at the airport, is a great value add to our customers. Expanding the ESPN lineup to include all that ESPN3 has to offer only makes that proposition more valuable to our customers. ESPN gets it – sports needs to be live – and with these new offerings we are coming together to bring the fan the best live experience they can get, inside and outside of the home.”
Added Sean Bratches, executive vice president, sales and marketing for ESPN, “ESPN strives to be on the bleeding edge of technology and offering our channels live through internet and wireless devices is just the next step in our evolution. We could not have done this without the foresight and commitment of Time Warner Cable. It’s a true sign of where our industry is going and we expect to see the authenticated universe grow exponentially in the coming year.”
About Time Warner Cable:
Time Warner Cable is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., with technologically advanced, well-clustered systems located mainly in five geographic areas — New York State (including New York City), the Carolinas, Ohio, southern California (including Los Angeles) and Texas. Time Warner Cable serves more than 14 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data and voice services. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers a suite of phone, Internet, Ethernet and cable television services to businesses of all sizes. Time Warner Cable Media Sales, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions that are targeted and affordable. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com, www.twcbc.com and www.twcmediasales.com.
About ESPN, Inc.
ESPN, Inc. is the world’s leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring a portfolio of over 50 multimedia sports assets. The company is comprised of six domestic television networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN Classic & ESPN Deportes), ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU & ESPNEWS HD simulcast services, ESPN Regional Television, ESPN International (46 networks, syndication, radio, web sites), ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Enterprises, ESPN PPV, ESPN Zones (sports-themed restaurants), and other growing new businesses including ESPN3.com (Broadband, formerly ESPN360.com), ESPN Mobile Properties, ESPN on Demand and ESPN Interactive. Based in Bristol, Conn., ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN.