Bright House Networks continue to roll out NESN National, this time debuting the service in Michigan.
NESN National, the national television service of New England Sports Network, owned by the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins, is now available as part of Bright House's Sports Pass tier, in Farmington, Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi and Redford, Mich. on channel 568.
Last month, Bright House launched NESN National in the Tampa Bay and central Florida areas. Now fans in Michigan also have the best opportunity to follow New England sports and the Red Sox, and Bruins, particularly those who also have MLB and NHL league packages. Throughout the year, Bright House's Sports Pass customers will be able to watch the regional sports network's Bruins and Red Sox pre and post-game shows, as well as other ancillary fare. The clubs' games are not available on the service, owing to MLB and NHL league rules, governing broadcast territories.
NESN National bowed on Time Warner Cable systems in September. The No. 2 cable operator negotiates programming deals for Bright House. Deal terms were not disclosed.
"The inclusion of NESN National to Sports Pass, along with a number of other additions made to our sports tier, is yet another example of how Bright House Networks serves sports fans throughout the Detroit area," said Robert McCann, president of the division, in a statement. "The Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins are two of the best known franchises in professional sports and our re-launching of Sports Pass demonstrates our commitment to continually improving our customers experience. We are thrilled to be offering these sports additions."
"Fans of New England sports in the Bright House Networks Michigan service area can now enjoy our regular pre and post-game Bruins shows and game rebroadcasts as well as our extensive off-season Red Sox coverage," noted Sean McGrail, NESN's president and CEO. "Additionally, in just a couple of weeks we'll debut a simulcast of the top-rated Dennis & Callahan sports radio show which New England fans and sports fans in general will no doubt find entertaining and informative."