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LodgeNet to distribute ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD to hotel guests
ESPN announced last week an agreement with LodgeNet Entertainment, a provider of interactive television and broadband solutions to hotels, allowing the distribution of ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD through LodgeNet's sigNETure HDTV systems.

The agreement authorizes LodgeNet to add ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD to its high-definition guest room entertainment lineup.

For more information, visit www.lodgenet.com.

Harris concludes Leitch acquisition
Harris this week concluded its previously announced acquisition of Leitch Technology following the approval by Leitch shareholders and court approval of the transaction.

For more information, visit www.harris.com and www.leitch.com.

Frost & Sullivan honor Grass Valley for market leadership
For the fifth consecutive year, Frost & Sullivan has honored Grass Valley technology and products from Thomson with its Market Leadership Award.

This year’s 2005 Market Leadership Award was given in the category of “World Broadcast Switcher Markets."

For more information, visit www.grassvalley.com.

Horizon League forsakes TV in favor of Internet distribution
This season the Horizon League will spend the $400,000 used last year to produce telecasts of basketball on Fox Sports to deliver men’s and women’s hoops free via the Internet, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported this week.

The league began experimenting with Internet distribution last season.

ABC Sports, ESPN to telecast record number of men’s college hoops
ABC Sports, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN360's 2005-2006 men's college basketball schedule will feature more than 475 games, including 144 games on the 24-hour college sports network ESPNU's first full season of coverage.

This year's lineup will set a record for total coverage by the media outlets. Last year, the networks televised a previous high of 340 games.

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