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The Tennis Channel is an American digital cable television channel with programming devoted to the game of tennis. Founded in 2003, the network is owned by a group of investors including sports marking firm IMG. Well known tennis professionals Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi are two of the many investors in this channel. The network's CEO is Ken Solomon. It broadcasts out of Union City, New Jersey and is based in Santa Monica, CA. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Digital cable is a term for a type of cable digital television that delivers more channels than possible with analog cable by using digital video compression. ... The term television channel generally refers to either a television station or its cable/satellite counterpart (both outlined below). ... For other uses, see Tennis (disambiguation). ... IMG, originally known as the International Management Group is a leading global talent agency and production company. ... Peter “Pete” Sampras (born 12 August 1971), is a former World No. ... Andre Kirk Agassi (born April 29, 1970, in Las Vegas, Nevada) is a former World No. ... Spectators viewing the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks from across the Hudson River, in the terrace courtyard of the Union City Boxing Club. ... Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica is a coastal city located in Los Angeles County, California USA, by the Pacific Ocean, south of Pacific Palisades and Brentwood, west of Westwood, Los Angeles, and north of Venice. ...

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Description and programming

The network broadcasts 24 hours a day and features live tournaments, news, one-on-one interviews, game analysis and skills instruction. It also features programming from other racquet sports such as squash, badminton, racquetball, table tennis and paddle tennis. The Tennis Channel has extensive coverage of the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Hopman Cup as well as other tournaments throughout the year. The Tennis Channel gained the U.S. broadcast rights to the French Open and first broadcasted same in 2007. The Tennis Channel also puts on an ATP tournament in Las Vegas called the Tennis Channel Open. As of March 1, 2007, The Tennis Channel is available across the United States from most cable providers and on Dish Network. Squash racquet and ball Players in a glass-backed squash court International Squash Singles Court, as specified by the World Squash Federation Squash is an indoor racquet sport that was formerly called Squash racquets, a reference to the squashable soft ball used in the game (compared with the harder ball... This article is about the sport. ... Racquetball racquet and ball Racquetball is a sport played with racquets and a hollow rubber ball on an indoor or outdoor court. ... “Ping Pong” redirects here. ... Paddle tennis is a racquet sport invented in 1898 by Mr. ... The great Australians Lew Hoad and Ken Rosewall with the Cup in 1953 The Davis Cup is the premier international team event in mens tennis. ... The Fed Cup (until 1995 Federation Cup) is the most important tennis tournament for female national teams, very similar to the mens Davis Cup. ... The Hopman Cup is an annual international team tennis tournament held in Perth, Western Australia in early-January (sometimes commencing in late-December) each year. ... The French Open, officially the Tournoi de Roland-Garros (English: Roland Garros Tournament), is a tennis event held over two weeks between mid May and early June in Paris, France, and is the second of the Grand Slam tournaments on the annual tennis calendar. ... The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) was formed in 1972 to protect the interests of male professional tennis players. ... The Tennis Channel Open is a tennis tournament on the ATP International Series which was held for the first time in Las Vegas, Nevada from February 27 to March 5, 2006. ... DISH Network is a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service that provides satellite television and audio programming to households and businesses in the United States, owned by parent company EchoStar Communications Corporation. ...


In April, 2007, the 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 the Tennis Channel by DirecTV, in a premium channel group, was added as channel 217 on August 27, 2007. Check with DirecTV for specific details and local availability. The network is supposed to launch a second channel in High Definition in December 2007 A standard DirecTV satellite dish with 1 LNB on a roof DirecTV (trademarked as DIRECTV) is a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service based in El Segundo, California, USA, that transmits digital satellite television and audio to households in the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America except for Mexico. ...


French Open from 2007

The Tennis Channel scored a significant coup in August 2006, when it was announced that it had procured the U.S. cable television rights for the French Open beginning in 2007. These rights were previously held by ESPN2 and prior to that, USA Network. Tennis fans and The Tennis Channel are hoping that such a prestigious event will encourage additional viewership of the channel as now available on many cable systems, Dish Network, and DirecTV. August 2006 is the eighth month of that year, and has yet to occur. ... Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house. ... This article is about the tennis tournament. ... ESPN2 debuted on October 1, 1993, as a sister station of ESPN. Nicknamed the deuce, ESPN2 was to be branded as a network for a younger generation of sports fans featuring edgier graphics as well as extreme sports like motocross, snowboarding, and BMX racing. ... USA Network is a popular American cable television network with about 89 million household subscribers as of 2005. ... DISH Network is a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service that provides satellite television and audio programming to households and businesses in the United States, owned by parent company EchoStar Communications Corporation. ... A standard DirecTV satellite dish with 1 LNB on a roof DirecTV (trademarked as DIRECTV) is a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service based in El Segundo, California, USA, that transmits digital satellite television and audio to households in the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America except for Mexico. ...


Additionally, in January 2007, The Tennis Channel gained rights for coverage of The Australian Open. The Tennis Channel will now share rights to the Australian Open with ESPN2. Both the Australian Open and French Open contracts with ESPN2 run through 2011. The Australian Open is held each January at Melbourne Park. ...


Original series

  • ATP Tennis
  • Book of Tennis Chronicles
  • Center Court
  • Charity Jam
  • Destination Tennis
  • Match Makers
  • MatchPoint America
  • Murphy's Guide
  • No Strings
  • Open Access
  • Real Life on the WTA
  • Tennis Insiders
  • Inside Tennis with the Koz

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See also

Note: The Tennis Channel is also available from various cable tv providers such as Cox, Comcast, Verizon FiOS, etc. The channel number varies in each system. // Below is a numerical representation of the DirecTV channel lineup. ... This is a list of the channels receivable from DISH Network. ... Cox Communications is a wholly-privately owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises providing digital cable television and telecommunications services in the United States. ... Comcast Corporation, (NASDAQ: CMCSA) is the largest[1] cable television (CATV) company and the second largest Internet service provider in the United States. ... FiOS is a fiber to the premises (FTTP) telecommunications service offered in the United States by Verizon. ...

The Ski Channel is scheduled to launch the first quarter of 2008 with Video On Demand (VOD) programming. ...

External link

  • Official Site
  • Official Tournament Site

References


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The channel’s planners recognize this need, so approximately 40 percent of the airtime will be devoted to matches, 40 percent to instruction, and 20 percent to features and news on the players.
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