SBD/December 16, 2010/Media

Media Notes

In New Orleans, Jimmy Smith cites sources as saying that Cox Sports Television and Charter Communications will announce tomorrow an agreement "to provide CST's New Orleans Hornets telecasts" to Charter subscribers on the north shore area of Lake Pontchartrain. Sources added that it is "likely the agreement will mirror a previous accommodation in which" Charter's subscribers in St. Tammany Parish "would pay a nominal fee, perhaps $5 monthly, for a sports tier of channels" that includes CST. Smith notes now that CST "will be available to north shore viewers, it opens up one of the largest population areas to receive Hornets' telecasts at a time when the team is seeking to boost attendance in the wake of a pending NBA takeover of ownership of the franchise" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 12/16).

GOING STREAMING: CBSSports.com and CBS Sports Mobile announced that they will again provide live streaming webcasts of select CBS broadcasts of college basketball games involving teams from the SEC, Big East and Big Ten conferences. The service, titled "College Basketball Live," will stream more than 20 games free of charge this season, beginning with Saturday's South Carolina-Ohio State game. Mobile users can access "College Basketball Live" on the CBS Sports Mobile iPhone app (CBS).

CTV CLEARED: The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER's Etan Vlessing reported the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has "cleared domestic broadcaster CTV for repeatedly airing graphic video footage" of the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili at the Vancouver Games. The council said that CTV was "within its rights to air" footage of Kumaritashvili "flying off his luge during a practice run and into a support post -- even if YouTube and other online websites scrambled to take the death video down." Vlessing noted the council was "responding to 145 viewer complaints" (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 12/15).

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