Thursday, May 23, 2013
From staff and news services
The NFL Network and Time Warner Cable reached an agreement that will allow its digital cable subscribers nationwide to view the all-NFL channel beginning Sunday.
According to a press release distributed Friday night, the NFL Network will be available to all digital basic tier customers in standard definition on channel 1524 and high definition on channel 1526 in Maine.
Additionally, subscribers to the Time Warner Cable Sports Pass will have access to NFL RedZone, a channel dedicated to showing all touchdowns and important plays for all games on Sunday. Those channel numbers are SD 1525 and HD 1527.
According to Andrew Russell, the communications manager for TWC's New England division, the cable company has 360,000 customers in Maine. Of those, a "good percentage" purchase the digital tier package, though Russell didn't provide a specific number.
Subscribers will be able to view the remaining 11 games that the network will broadcast on Thursdays as part of its Thursday Night Football package, through Week 15 with the exception of Thanksgiving night (Nov. 22) in Week 12.
That game between the New England Patriots at the New York Jets will air on NBC.
The network began its 13-game broadcast schedule, five more than the last season, with a Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers matchup Sept. 13.
Fans missed the New York Giants against the Carolina Panthers this week, but none of the remaining games feature the Giants or Patriots.
The network began broadcasting exclusive games beginning on Thanksgiving night (Nov. 23) of 2006, and TWC subscribers in Maine and New Hampshire haven't had access to the NFL Network since its 2003 launch.
The network also broadcasts every NFL preseason game, pre- and post-game analysis, classic games and other football-related content.
NFL Network will now be in more than 70 million of the country's approximately 115 million homes with TVs. In 2007, when the league bowed to pressure and simulcast the Patriots-Giants game on CBS and NBC with New England on the verge of going 16-0, the channel was in fewer than 40 percent of households with TVs.