Comcast Television

Last updated
Comcast Television
LaunchedMarch 1, 2008 (Comcast Television)
August 15, 2008 (Comcast Television 2)
Owned by Comcast
Picture format 480i
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Michigan
ReplacedComcast Local
Availability
Cable
Xfinity
in most of Michigan
900 Comcast Television
901 Comcast Television 2
(901 is also used for Fox Sports Detroit Plus)

Comcast Television and Comcast Television 2 are two Comcast owned and operated digital cable television channels, available to Comcast subscribers in Michigan on channels 900 and 901 (excluding Berrien County, where it is not carried). They are used mostly for infomercials and classified ads. They also broadcast sports shows, such as Heartland Poker and Midwest Outdoor Magazine, as well as public affairs shows such as Comcast Newsmakers. Comcast Television was launched on March 1, 2008, after the closure of Comcast Local.

Comcast American telecommunications company

Comcast Corporation is an American telecommunications conglomerate headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is the second-largest broadcasting and cable television company in the world by revenue and the largest pay-TV company, the largest cable TV company and largest home Internet service provider in the United States, and the nation's third-largest home telephone service provider. Comcast services U.S. residential and commercial customers in 40 states and in the District of Columbia. As the owner of the international media company NBCUniversal since 2011, Comcast is a producer of feature films and television programs intended for theatrical exhibition and over-the-air and cable television broadcast, respectively.

Michigan U.S. state in the United States

Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes and Midwestern regions of the United States. The state's name, Michigan, originates from the Ojibwe word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake". With a population of about 10 million, Michigan is the tenth most populous of the 50 United States, with the 11th most extensive total area, and is the largest state by total area east of the Mississippi River. Its capital is Lansing, and its largest city is Detroit. Metro Detroit is among the nation's most populous and largest metropolitan economies.

Berrien County, Michigan U.S. county in Michigan, United States

Berrien County is a county on the south line of Michigan, at the southwestern corner of the state. As of the 2010 census, the population was 156,813. The county seat is St. Joseph.

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On August 15, 2008, Comcast launched Comcast Television 2, which also shows infomercials and classified ads. Comcast Television 2 is also used for Fox Sports Detroit's overflow feed, Fox Sports Detroit Plus. [1]

Fox Sports Detroit American regional sports network

Fox Sports Detroit is an American regional sports network owned by Diamond Sports Group that operates as a Fox Sports Networks affiliate. It provides coverage of local sports teams in the state of Michigan, primarily focusing on those in Metro Detroit. The network airs exclusive broadcasts of games involving the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings and repeats of Detroit Lions preseason games, as well as some state college and high school sports.

Local sports

One of the original shows on Comcast Television is the Detroit Tigers monthly magazine show Your Tiger Ticket, which is also available on Comcast's On Demand service for customers in Michigan. Other local sports content includes MHSAA Network telecasts of regular season and state championship games, GLIAC football games, CCHA hockey games, as well as high school and college sports magazine shows. With this local sports coverage, Comcast Television could be considered a small regional sports network, even though it does not air sports programs on a regular schedule or have rights to major professional and college teams like other regional sports networks, and it airs a lot more infomercials and classified ads than other regional sports networks.

Detroit Tigers Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

The Detroit Tigers are an American professional baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the American League (AL) Central division. One of the AL's eight charter franchises, the club was founded in Detroit as a member of the minor league Western League in 1894 and is the only Western League team still in its original city. They are also the oldest continuous one name, one city franchise in the AL. The Tigers have won four World Series championships, 11 AL pennants, and four AL Central division championships. The Tigers also won division titles in 1972, 1984, and 1987 as a member of the AL East. The team currently plays its home games at Comerica Park in Downtown Detroit.

Michigan High School Athletic Association organization

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Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

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Comcast Television is not part of Comcast SportsNet (owned by entertainment subsidiary NBCUniversal), since local broadcast rights to major Michigan sports teams are owned by Fox Sports Detroit, Big Ten Network, the ESPN family of networks, Fox Sports, CBS Sports and the Detroit Lions Television Network.

NBCUniversal American media and entertainment company

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History

Comcast Local

Comcast Local (also known as CL) was a regional sports network from 2005–2008 that carried collegiate, high school and minor league sports from the Detroit area, throughout Michigan and central Indiana. The network also carried coverage from the Comcast SportsNets, (although it was not a separate Comcast SportsNet affiliate) such as Chicago Fire MLS matches from CSN Chicago and the Canadian Football League (simulcasted from CBC affiliate CBET-DT).

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The network carried infomercials from 12AM ET until 6AM and at other various times throughout the day.

Comcast Local was used for Fox Sports Detroit's overflow feed, Fox Sports Detroit Plus; such usage continues today on Comcast Television 2.

The station was the cable television home of Michigan's Big Ten and Mid-American Conference teams as well as the Grand Valley State University Lakers and the Grand Rapids Rampage. After the formation of the Big Ten Network, Comcast Local produced selected Eastern Michigan University Eagles football games for WXYZ-TV in Detroit.[ citation needed ]

Comcast Local ceased operations on February 29, 2008, merging with a number of other Comcast properties in Metro Detroit to form Comcast Television.[ citation needed ]. Today, the rights to the EMU Eagles are owned by Fox Sports Detroit, making them cable exclusive, while ESPN Plus owns the rights to the Central Michigan University Chippewas (through WNEM-DT2) and the Western Michigan University Broncos (through WXSP-CA).[ citation needed ] WXSP-CA also owns the television rights to Grand Rapids' minor league sports teams and the GVSU Lakers.

Former Comcast Local personalities

The sports broadcasters on Comcast Local included:

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References

  1. "Fox Sports Detroit Plus Channel Information". Archived from the original on 2007-07-16. Retrieved 2007-07-04.