NEW YORK, N.Y., Feb. 7, 2006 – NBA TV will provide the ultimate all-access pass to NBA All-Star 2006 in Houston with an exclusive, behind-the-scenes approach through live telecasts on the league’s 24-hour cable network and streamlined reports on, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 15, and running through the conclusion of the All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 19. The network will deploy 30 camera crews and will utilize 10 high-definition cameras to cover the multitude of All-Star events, including the East and West All-Star Practices, which will be presented for the first-time ever in HD.

In order for the network to insure that NBA fans get their all-access pass, the channel will be made available to all NBA TV distributors through a nationwide Free Preview Feb. 14-22. For fans, who may be on the move, the network will be providing comprehensive broadband news reports via on the latest developments from Houston.

As the network’s 10-day All-Star Greatest Games Marathon (Feb. 6-16) draws to a close, NBA TV will tip off its 100 hours of NBA All-Star 2006 coverage with reports on the arrival of players, coaches and team executives in Houston beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 15. On Friday, Feb. 17, the network will begin its 24/7 coverage of the All-Star festivities when its signature basketball news and information show NBA TV Live broadcasts from the George R. Brown Convention Center, site of the 2006 NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by Nokia, the world’s largest interactive basketball theme park, and the NBA TV All-Star 2006 studios. NBA TV’s Andre Aldridge and Rick Kamla, along with Frank Isola of the New York Daily News and Peter Vecsey of the New York Post, will anchor the network’s coverage.

During NBA All-Star 2006, NBA TV will capture the excitement by delivering:
A live four-hour HD telecast of the East and West All-Star Practices

  • First-hand news of the announcement of the finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2006
  • Live interviews with players and coaches from exclusive locations like the players’ hotel
  • Special reports from the NBA Technology Center about how fans will view NBA telecasts and will receive their basketball news through state-of-the-art HD televisions, Ipods, Video-on-Demand and broadband features
  • Live telecasts of Commissioner David Stern’s press conference and the Legends’ Brunch
  • Wall-to-wall coverage of the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and All-Star Saturday Night presented by AOL
  • Red carpet access to the 2006 NBA All-Star Game

    NBA TV’s live programming lineup will feature:

    Friday, Feb. 17
    12 p.m. ET -- Sophomore/Rookie Shootaround

    1:30 p.m. ET -- Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2006 Finalists Announcement
    NBA fans will receive a “front row seat” at the live announcement of the finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2006.

    2 p.m. ET -- Live from the Players’ Hotel
    NBA fans will receive a “front row seat” at the live announcement of the finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2006.

    7 p.m. ET -- T-Mobile Rookie Challenge Preview Show
    NBA fans will receive a “front row seat” at the live announcement of the finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2006.

    11 p.m. ET -- T-Mobile Rookie Challenge Postgame Show
    NBA TV will recap the evening’s annual contest featuring highlights of the annual contest, which matched the NBA rookies against the veteran second-year players.

    11:30 p.m. ET -- NBA TV Daily
    Aldridge and Kamla, along with the network’s team of analysts, will review the day’s events, featuring news about the Hall of Fame finalists and highlights from the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge, as well as updates on NBA All-Star players and coaches.

    Saturday, Feb. 18
    12 p.m. ET -- Live HD Broadcast of the East and West All-Star Practices
    NBA TV will televise the East and West All-Star Practices and provide live interviews with NBA players and coaches via a four-hour, high-definition broadcast of the sessions.

    4 p.m. ET -- NBA TV’s Houston All-Star Roundtable
    Viewers will get “a chair” next to NBA Houston legends as they hold an informative roundtable discussion on the hottest basketball topics at the NBA TV All-Star Studios located at Jam Session presented by Nokia.

    6 p.m. ET -- All-Star Saturday Night – Preview Show
    NBA All-Star will interview NBA stars and celebrities live as they arrive for TNT’s telecast of All-Star Saturday Night presented by AOL at the Toyota Center.

    6:45 p.m. ET -- Commissioner David Stern’s Annual Press Conference
    NBA viewers will attend NBA Commissioner David Stern’s annual press conference as they “sit amongst the media” as he answers questions about the NBA and its future.

    11 p.m. ET -- All-Star Saturday Night – Post Show Coverage
    NBA TV Live will feature a recap of All-Star Saturday Night on TNT with reactions from NBA players and celebrities who were in attendance as well as provide an update on the day’s news.

    Sunday, Feb. 19
    10:30 a.m. ET -- NBA Legends Brunch
    NBA TV will televise the rarely-seen NBA Legends Brunch. Hosted by Commissioner David Stern, this year’s brunch will honor former Houston Rockets’ legends Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and Calvin Murphy as well as former Houston Comets star Cynthia Cooper and Harlem Globetrotter great Marques Haynes. In addition, the luncheon, which will features speeches by Basketball Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson and Julius Erving, will pay tribute to the Houston Rockets’ 1993-94 and 1994-95 back-to-back NBA championship teams.

    4 p.m. ET -- NBA All-Star Roundtable
    Viewers will once again get “a chair” next to some of the biggest NBA stars as they hold a compelling roundtable debate on the NBA players, coaches, and teams.

    5:30 p.m. ET -- NBA All-Star 2006, Red Carpet Preview
    NBA TV will be live on the Red Carpet at the Toyota Center as NBA All-Stars, legends and celebrities arrive for the 2006 NBA All-Star Game. In addition, NBA TV analysts will be on hand to provide in-depth analysis of the teams prior to the 55th meeting between East and West.

    11 p.m. ET -- NBA All-Star 2006, Postgame Show
    NBA TV will present analysis and interviews immediately following the NBA All-Star Game. The show will feature highlights and reactions from players at the Toyota Center.

    12 a.m. ET -- NBA TV Daily All-Star Show
    This NBA TV will present a thorough recap of NBA All-Star 2006, featuring highlights and analysis of the major events, including the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge, All-Star Saturday Night presented by AOL, and the NBA All-Star Game.

    About NBA TV
    Launched in 1999, NBA TV is the all-access channel for everything basketball. The channel offers exciting new technology such as High-Definition and Video-On-Demand; more than 20 original series; more than 100 NBA regular season and playoff games; WNBA games; D-League games; major international competitions, including weekly Euroleague games; exclusive access to NBA events; news from around the world of basketball; nightly highlights; Top 10 Plays of the Day; interviews with the game’s insiders; real-time statistics; and the latest fantasy basketball and video game news.

    NBA TV has over 30 national advertisers on board, is available to 67 million U.S. homes through several of the nation’s top cable and satellite companies, including Comcast; Time Warner; Cablevision; Bright House; DIRECTV; and DISH Network; and can be seen in 40 other countries.

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