Time Warner Cable Sports Channel (New York)

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This article is about the Upstate New York sports network. For the Southern California sports networks, see Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes.
Time Warner Cable Sports Channel
Time Warner Cable SportsNet logo.png
Launched 2003
Owned by Time Warner Cable
(Sale panding to Comcast)
Country United States
Language American English
Broadcast area Upstate New York
Formerly called
  • Time Warner Sports (Syracuse)
  • Time Warner SportsNet (Buffalo and Rochester)
  • Time Warner Cable SportsNet (Buffalo and Rochester)
Replaced Empire Sports Network
Website
Availability
Cable
Time Warner Cable
  • Binghamton: 23
  • Buffalo: 25/713 (HD)
  • Rochester: 26/1026 (HD)
  • Syracuse: 19/813 (HD)
  • New York City: 199

Time Warner Cable Sports Channel (Time Warner Cable Sports in Syracuse; TWCS for short) is a network of regional sports cable television stations serving much of the upstate New York area. The stations, which are owned and operated by Time Warner Cable, are available in Rochester, Binghamton, Syracuse and Buffalo. The network broadcasts a variety of local college and minor league sports broadcasts and is the de facto successor to the Buffalo-based Empire Sports Network. Unlike most regional sports networks, TWCS is not available on satellite television, nor is it available in areas of upstate that are served by companies other than Time Warner Cable (such as Atlantic Broadband in Cattaraugus County).

History[edit]

The network was formed in 2003 as budget cuts at the now-defunct Empire Sports Network, the area's previous regional sports network, forced severe cutbacks in the network's ability to cover sports outside of Buffalo. As a result, Syracuse University dropped Empire and instead signed a contract with Time Warner to carry their games on a separate channel, which became Time Warner Sports. Time Warner added some other sports events from local college and minor league sports teams to create the channel, which was initially only offered in the Syracuse area. In December 2006, Time Warner Sports expanded southward into the Binghamton market.

Also in December 2006, Time Warner SportsNet (TWSN) was established by Time Warner Cable in Rochester by acquiring rights to teams owned by the Rochester Sports Group: namely the Americans (ice hockey), Knighthawks (indoor lacrosse), Rattlers (outdoor lacrosse) and Raging Rhinos (soccer). Some of those teams had previously aired on other Time Warner channels, such as WRWB (the cable-only WB affiliate on channel 16 which has since has been sold to WHAM-TV) and Time Warner's overflow channel, channel 98. In June 2007, TWSN obtained the rights to televise the games of the Rochester Red Wings baseball team. TWSN also obtained the rights to air the Rochester Razorsharks basketball team, replays of the Rochester Raiders indoor football team, and some collegiate sports. The channel serves the entire Greater Rochester area, including the Finger Lakes region and Genesee County (Batavia).

Time Warner Cable established a Buffalo version of TWSN on November 19, 2007, on channel 13 on Buffalo-area TWC systems, operating out of the former Empire studios on Indian Church Road in West Seneca. The channel replaced former local-interest channel "Time Warner 13." TWSN hired former Empire host Jim Brinson in the spring of 2008; Brinson returned to Western New York after a stint as the morning co-anchor at KOHD in Bend, Oregon and hosts programs as well as handles play-by-play duties.

In March 2009, after parent company Time Warner spun off Time Warner Cable as a separate company, all three stations were correspondingly re-branded to begin with "Time Warner Cable" instead of just "Time Warner". The Buffalo and Rochester stations were rebranded as Time Warner Cable SportsChannel in fall 2012, adopting a logo similar to the newly established Time Warner Cable SportsNet in Los Angeles.

Programming[edit]

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel airs a wide variety of local sports programming. To suit local interests, and because of rights issues, some events are carried only on the Buffalo, Rochester and/or Syracuse feeds. Binghamton, Utica, and North Country viewers receive the Syracuse (Central New York) feed.

In addition to local sports (listed below), Time Warner Cable SportsChannel is also affiliated with ESPNEWS, which is usually carried during the midday period. Paid programming airs on the channel in the overnight hours.

Most first-choice Big East basketball and football games produced by ESPN Plus air exclusively on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel in its broadcast territory, including any that involve Syracuse University. Additionally, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel rebroadcasts Syracuse University games televised by other ESPN networks or ABC. SNY (which is part-owned by Time Warner) generally only has rights to the same games in the New York City metropolitan area. However, it may have access to other Big East games to show across the full viewing area, particularly in basketball.

All stations[edit]

Buffalo only[edit]

Rochester only[edit]

Buffalo and Rochester only[edit]

Syracuse only[edit]

Buffalo and Syracuse only[edit]

Former[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pergament, Alan (May 2, 2009). "Sports on the Air: NHL games take a hit in WNY ratings". The Buffalo News. 
  2. ^ Pergament, Alan (April 25, 2009). "Sports on the Air: Mayock has scheme for selection". The Buffalo News. 
  3. ^ Pergament, Alan (March 31, 2011). "Sports on the Air: Yanks games fly to WNGS". Still Talkin TV. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 

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