Tennis Channel

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Tennis Channel
Tennis Channel logo.svg
Launched May 2003
Owned by The Tennis Channel, Inc.
Picture format 480i (SD)
1080i (HD)
Slogan Where Champions Live
Country United States
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Santa Monica, California
Sister channel(s) The Ski Channel
Website tennischannel.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV Channel 217 (SD/HD)
Dish Network Channel 400 (SD/HD)
Cable
Available on many cable providers Check local listings
IPTV
Verizon FiOS Channel 303 (SD)
Channel 592 (HD)
Sky Angel Channel 324
AT&T U-verse Channel 660 (SD)
Channel 1660 (HD)

Tennis Channel is an American speciality channel with programming devoted to the game of tennis, along with other racquet sports such as badminton and racquetball. Founded in 2003 and based in Santa Monica, California, the network is owned by a group of investors including sports marketing firm IMG, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. The network's CEO is Ken Solomon.

Description and programming[edit]

The network broadcasts live tournaments, news, one-on-one interviews, game analysis and skills instruction. Tennis Channel has extensive coverage of the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Hopman Cup as well as other tournaments throughout the year. Tennis Channel obtained the U.S. broadcast rights to the French Open, broadcasting them for the first time in 2007.

Tennis Channel is available across the United States from most cable providers and on Dish Network. In April 2007, Tennis Channel reached an agreement to be carried on DirecTV. The agreement included a free preview of the 2007 French Open to all DirecTV subscribers. Full carriage of Tennis Channel by DirecTV was added as channel 217 on August 27, 2007. The network launched a 1080i High Definition version in December 2007 called Tennis Channel HD. The Standard Definition network feed of the channel is broadcast domestically on cable satellite Galaxy 23 and the High Definition feed of the channel is broadcast on cable satellite Galaxy 13 and the channel originates its broadcasts out of Tennis Channel's own HD broadcast center in Culver City, CA. In September 2009, Tennis Channel launched daily Court Report news segments.

Grand Slam coverage[edit]

Tennis Channel scored a significant coup in August 2006, when it was announced that it had procured U.S. cable television rights for the French Open beginning in 2007.[1] In January 2007, Tennis Channel gained rights to televise the Australian Open.[2] Tennis Channel also gained broadcast rights for the US Open,[3] with cable coverage of each event being shared with ESPN2.

Carriage disputes[edit]

2011 distribution[edit]

On September 4, 2011 during the US Open, Tennis Channel pulled its signal from Verizon FiOS, Cablevision, Suddenlink Communications, Mediacom, WOW!, Knology and GCI after the providers declined to accept a new agreement that the Tennis Channel made with the National Cable Television Cooperative of which they are members. Along with a fee increase the agreement also required that the Tennis Channel be moved from the optional sports package to digital basic service. [4] Tennis Channel returned to Verizon on January 17, 2012.

Comcast ruling[edit]

In July 2012, the Federal Communications Commission ruled in favor of Tennis Channel following a three-year dispute between the network and Comcast. As a result of the ruling, Comcast was prompted to remove Tennis Channel from its sports package tier, available to customers via an extra charge, and air the network on the same basic cable line-up as Comcast's own Golf Channel and NBC Sports Network. The FCC found Comcast's previous handling of the network to be discriminatory. This marked the first time that a cable distributor was found to have violated federal anti-discrimination rules.[3] Comcast successfully disputed the ruling in 2013, continuing to carry Tennis Channel on its sports package. Despite these issues, which do not involve the marketing departments of Comcast, NBC or Tennis Channel that are not party to the carriage dispute, both it and NBC continue to cross-promote each other's broadcasts of the French Open.

Original series[edit]

  • 100 Greatest of All Time
  • Best of 5
  • Celebrity Tennis
  • Destination Tennis
  • Fit to Hit
  • Only at the Open
  • Signature Series
  • Tennis Channel Academy

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