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Mediacom, Disney, ESPN reach distribution accord
Mediacom Communications, Disney and ESPN Media Networks have signed extensive distribution agreements for Mediacom’s existing Disney and ESPN networks and services. Mediacom will also add Disney Connection, ESPN360, ESPN Deportes, ESPN2 HD and ESPNU. Mediacom Communications is the nation's eighth largest cable television company.

Firestone Communications signs OBN Holdings for satellite uplink services
Firestone Communications has signed a multiyear network origination agreement with OBN Holdings under which Firestone Communications will make OBN's programming available to U.S. cable operators and television stations via FCI's uplink to the Intelsat Americas 13 (IA-13) satellite.
OBN Holdings owns All Sports Television Network among other holdings.
For more information, visit www.firestoneinc.com/press_20050405.asp.

WWE 24/7 rolls out exclusive broadband content for cable operators
World Wrestling Entertainment has rolled out free, exclusive broadband content for affiliates to promote WWE 24/7, its new subscription video on-demand (SVOD) service, and assist in selling more high-speed modems and connectivity. The WWE 24/7 monthly promotional content is largely video-centric and features a series of game-like activities.

HDNet to cover 20 NASCAR races in HD in 2005
HDNet and NASCAR have announced that this year HDNet will feature 20 live telecasts from the NASCAR Grand National Division, a tier of NASCAR's regional racing series which includes the Busch North Series and West Series. This is the second NASCAR season for which HDNet has provided high definition coverage.

Major League Baseball Productions wins three New York Emmys
Major League Baseball Productions, the in-house television and video production division of Major League Baseball, has received three New York Emmy Awards for 2004 programming.
Major League Baseball Productions garnered 2004 New York Emmy Awards for:

  • Sports Programming: Single Program or Special — “Yankeeography” — Elston Howard;
  • Writer: Short Forms & Sports — “Yankeeography” — Elston Howard, Acts 1 and 5;
  • Camera: Sports – “Yankeeography” — Willie Randolph, Act 2.

All programming was televised on the YES Network.

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