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NFL Network coming to Bright House




The NFL and Time Warner, which handles negotiations for Bright House, reached a deal Friday after what was, essentially, a nine-year standoff since the network first launched in 2003.

The network will appear on digital channel 183 and in HD on 1145 and there will be no extra charge to Bright House subscribers, according to Bright House spokesman Joe Durkin.

The NFL Network is a 24-hour station run by the NFL and dedicated to the NFL. While it shows replays of games, as well as highlight, analysis and pre- and post-game shows, the biggest thing fans care about are games.

The network is carrying an expanded set of games this season, 13 primetime regular-season games on Thursday nights. Arena games, college bowl games and the NFL Combine also are televised by the NFL Network.

All Bright House subscribers should have the NFL Network in time for next live game — Thursday’s broadcast between the Ravens and Browns.

Meantime, the deal also means Bright House subscribers will have access to the Red Zone channel, which airs lives cut-ins on Sundays when teams are close to scoring. However, to receive the Red Zone channel, viewers must purchase the "Sports Pack’’ for $8 a month. The package also includes other sports networks. The Red Zone will appear on 826 and, in HD, on 1146.

"We thank our customers for their patience while a fair deal was reached for all involved," Bright House CEO Steve Miron said. "It is especially rewarding to say yes to our customers who have requested NFL Network’s award-winning coverage."

Bright House is the second-largest cable subscriber in Florida and serves approximately 2.5-million nationwide. Time Warner, meantime, has approximately 12.3-million subscribers and is the nation’s second-biggest cable company. Friday’s announcement now means the NFL has deals with each of the nation’s top six cable providers.ight House Networks subscribers who love the NFL, your long wait is over. The NFL Network will begin appearing on Bright House, hopefully starting Sunday and by no later than Thursday.

[Last modified: Friday, September 21, 2012 6:04pm]


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