Cox Communitcations and FSN Arizona Offer Suns Games in HD
Posted: Nov. 22, 2004
FSN Arizona is set to bring Cox Communications cable customers in Arizona 10 High-Definition telecasts of Phoenix Suns basketball games starting this Wednesday, Nov. 24, when the Suns host the Milwaukee Bucks. A number of Phoenix Suns games against the NBA's biggest stars and best teams can be seen in HD this season, including contests against the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Every fan will have access to 10 HD Suns games this season through Cox Communications. The HD telecasts are being offered in Arizona by Cox Communications as part of a new national High-Definition alliance among the Fox-owned and managed regional sports networks and Cox. FSN is offering a total of 70 local NBA games this season to selected cable operators across the country, providing 210 hours of local programming. Combined with the nearly 100 local MLB HD games FSN produced this past season, it makes FSN one of the nation's most significant producers of local HD programming. FSN Arizona is the only regional sports network to offer HD telecasts in the state of Arizona.
Cox Communications Arizona offers the enhanced package of High-Def games to digital subscribers at no additional charge, but are subject to availability. FSN Arizona and Cox also continue to offer Standard Definition telecasts of each of these games to non-digital subscribers as part of the core FSN Arizona regional service distributed throughout the state.
The Suns HD telecasts can be seen on Cox channel 722 and may be viewed by those digital cable customers with an HDTV set and HD Digital Converter. FSN Arizona's live 30-minute Suns Countdown pre-game show, which precedes every Phoenix Suns game on the network will be televised in High Definition this year as well.
"High Definition service offers our customers the newest and best in home entertainment services," said Steve Rizley, vice president and region manager, Cox Communications Arizona. "With the addition of Suns HD telecasts, viewers can now watch the games in an enhanced home theater experience that is second to none."
"This is another new and exciting opportunity for Arizona sports fans," said Rebecca O'Sullivan, FSN Arizona Vice President/General Manager. "Viewers will really enjoy experiencing the HD telecasts at home with Cox Communications and this will help generate even more fan enthusiasm for our Phoenix Suns telecasts."
FSN Arizona continues to televise the most regional sports action in the state, airing approximately 1,200 hours of original local programming a year. The network is the exclusive cable television home of the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Coyotes, Arizona Rattlers, Arizona State University, University of Arizona and the nightly Arizona Sports Report. The network is currently seen in 1.8 million households in Arizona & New Mexico and can also be seen across the country via home satellite services. Nationally, FSN reaches more than 82 million homes through its network of 20 regional sports channels.
Cox Communications Arizona
Cox Communications, the nation's third largest cable television provider, is a multi-service broadband communications company serving over 1.7 million residential and business service subscribers in Phoenix and Southern Arizona. A service subscriber measures an individual service purchased by a customer. In the Phoenix area, Cox serves more than 1.5 million service subscribers in 23 communities. In Southern Arizona, Cox serves nearly 250,000 service subscribers in 14 communities. Cox's 15,000-mile hybrid fiber coaxial cable network throughout Phoenix and Southern Arizona, provides homes and businesses digital television, high-speed Internet access and telephone service. Cox is owned and operated by Atlanta-based Cox Communications, Inc., (NYSE: COX), which serves approximately 6.6 million customers nationwide, including 6.3 million basic cable subscribers. For two consecutive years, Cox Digital Telephone received highest honors from J.D. Power and Associates in Local Residential Telephone Customer Satisfaction in the Western region (2003-2004). It also ranked #1 in Customer Satisfaction for Bundled Residential Long Distance Telephone Services in a National J.D. Power and Associates Study. Statewide, Cox contributes more than $7 million annually in cash and in-kind contributions to community-based organizations, including local youth and education programs. Additional information about Cox in Phoenix is available at Cox.com/Phoenix, and Cox in Southern Arizona at Cox.com/Tucson.