UH, Comcast SportsNet Houston Announce Agreement

    Houston Cougar Football Central
     Oct. 3 4:00 p.m. Episode #1
     Oct. 10 3:30 p.m. Episode #2
     Oct. 17 3:30 p.m. Episode #3
     Oct. 24 3:30 p.m. Episode #4
     Oct. 31 3:30 p.m. Episode #5
    The Tony Levine  Show
     Oct. 4 4:30 p.m. The Tony Levine Show #1
     Oct. 5 9:00 p.m. The Tony Levine Show #1 (r)
     Oct. 11 4:30 p.m. The Tony Levine Show #2
     Oct. 12 4:30 p.m. The Tony Levine Show #2 (r)
     Oct. 18 4:30 p.m. The Tony Levine Show #3
     Oct. 25 4:30 p.m. The Tony Levine Show #4
     Oct. 26 9:00 p.m. The Tony Levine Show #4 (r)

    HOUSTON - The University of Houston Athletics and Comcast SportsNet Houston announced a partnership today that will place weekly coaches shows during football and basketball seasons along with additional programming on the newly-launched network.

    The first product of the agreement aired Wednesday, Oct. 3, as Houston Cougar Football Central hit the air.

    The show, which will feature clips from Houston head coach Tony Levine's weekly press conference and in-studio discussion, will be a weekly show each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Houston and one of two Houston football programs on the channel each week. The 30-minute Tony Levine Show will air each Thursday at 4:30 p.m. with Levine and host Kevin Eschenfelder meeting each week in Comcast's brand new downtown studio. Comcast SportsNet Houston will also air a Houston football bowl game and spring game specials.

    Following the conclusion of football season, the Houston Basketball Coaches' Show with men's basketball head coach James Dickey and women's basketball coach Todd Buchanan will air weekly every Monday night beginning on Jan. 7 and continuing through the week of March 4. Comcast SportsNet Houston will also air a season preview for both the men's and women's programs on the week of Nov. 5 and an NCAA Tournament Preview show should either team qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

    In addition to the programming featuring Houston's football and basketball programs, Comcast SportsNet Houston will air a Houston Fall Sports Special the week of Dec. 17 and a Houston Spring Sports Special the week of May 20.

    "We are excited to partner with Comcast SportsNet Houston as it launches in Houston. This agreement provides University of Houston fans across multiple states the opportunity to stay more in tune with the excitement of our athletics programs and lets us engage our community on a whole new level," said University of Houston Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades. "As we move to the Big East, we look to become an even more viable household name and the nationally-known Comcast brand will certainly help us accomplish that mission."

    "Comcast SportsNet Houston is committed to supporting our local and regional college athletic programs," Comcast SportsNet Houston President and General Manager Matt Hutchings said. "Our extensive lineup of coaches' shows, press conferences and specialty programming will make our network the destination for college football fans throughout the region."

    IMG CollegeUniversity of Houston/Comcast SportsNet Programming Overview

    • Houston Cougar Football Central - football press conference show debuts at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3. The show will air at 3:30 p.m. in subsequent weeks
    • The Houston Basketball Coaches' Show debut the week of Jan. 7
    • Basketball Preview and Postseason Shows
    • Fall recap specials debut in mid-December
    • Spring recap specials debut in mid-May
    • Bowl and Tournament Specials

    Comcast SportsNet Houston is being made available in both standard and high definition to all local cable, satellite and telco TV providers and today is carried by:

    • Comcast Cable (channels 39/639 in the Houston area; 86/1688 in Houma, La Place, Monroe and Shreveport, Lou.; 269/1687 in Little Rock, Ark.)
    • Coastal Link (channels 31/131 in Brazoria County, Texas)
    • EnTouch (channels 73/473 in the Houston area)
    • Phonoscope (channel 35, HD channel launching TBA in the Houston area)
    • Fans with other TV services should visit IWantCSNHouston.com for the latest distribution developments and to tell their cable, satellite or telco TV provider to add Comcast SportsNet to their channel lineup. Follow Comcast SportsNet Houston on Twitter: @CSNHouston for the latest news and information about the network

    Comcast SportsNet Houston is a partnership between the Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, and the NBC Sports Group, and is the new television home of the Astros and Rockets. The network, which launched on October 1, 2012, is available to viewers in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Broadcasts will originate from a state-of-the-art, street-level studio in the Houston Pavilions. Comcast SportsNet Houston will take fans deeper inside the teams they love with comprehensive Astros and Rockets coverage as well as news and talk programming that matters to local viewers. The network will also be the home to major college, high school and professional sports coverage from around the region.

    NBC Sports Group consists of 14 local networks that deliver more than 2,400 sporting events annually along with breaking news and comprehensive analysis to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes. The other NBC Sports Regional Networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, CSS, Comcast Sports Southwest, and Comcast SportsNet Houston. NBC Sports Regional Networks also manages NECN (New England Cable News), the nation's largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, visit iwantCSNHouston.com.

     

     

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