Hawaiian Telcom to bring comprehensive Olympics coverage to Oahu
Michelle Clancy ©RapidTVNews | 01-07-2012
Universal Sports Network has signed a multi-year distribution agreement with Hawaiian Telcom to bring the network's exclusive Olympic sports coverage of qualifying, trials and world championship events, as well as other endurance and adventure sports programming, to Hawaiian Telcom TV customers in the Oahu market.
Universal Sports will be available as a free preview to all customers for two months before becoming available exclusively to Advantage Plus package subscribers.
"We are pleased that Hawaiian Telcom recognizes the high value that Universal Sports Network offers through our exclusive rights to some of the world's biggest sporting events, and welcome them to our growing list of distribution partners," said David Sternberg, CEO of Universal Sports. "We look forward to delivering our unique and compelling content, including the Kona Ironman, and building a successful relationship with Hawaiian Telcom as they grow the footprint of their outstanding, all-digital TV service throughout Oahu."
Universal Sports provides year-round, Olympic-related programming and coverage of top world championship events. In the Olympic year 2012, the channel has featured exclusive English-language coverage of the women's and men's CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying soccer tournaments and the AIBA Americas Olympic boxing qualifying tournament. In addition, Universal Sports Network is the home of 23 World Championships in 2012, and it will once again deliver exclusive U.S. television coverage of such prestigious annual competitions as the Boston Marathon, Giro d'Italia, Vuelta a España and Kona Ironman.
"Hawaiian Telcom is thrilled to bring Universal Sports to our TV customers, and the timing couldn't be better as the world's elite athletes complete their preparations for the Olympic Games in London," said Brad Fisher, Hawaiian Telcom's senior vice president of strategy & marketing. Since the commercial launch of the company's new digital TV service one year ago, Hawaiian Telcom has added an additional 30 HD channels like Universal Sports Network HD, and now delivers over 100 full-time HD channels.