Bright House Launches Speed2 Broadband Video Channel

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Speed2, the racing-content broadband network from Fox Networks, is launching on Bright House Networks systems today.

The service is available to BHN subscribers who buy the Sports Pack tier and have Internet access and doesn't come with an additional monthly charge. Those are the same conditions under which Time Warner Cable first launched the service. Following a July launch in Charlotte, N.C., TWC now makes Speed2 available to sports-tier customers nationwide.

Speed2 now is available to more than 1 million TWC subscribers, and BHN is expected to add about 150,000 potential users.

Speed officials say more affiliates could be on board later this year. While TWC and BHN (which buys programming using TWC's contracts) opted to offer the service to sports-tier customers, terms could vary with other affiliates, Fox Networks officials have said.

In Tampa, Fla., for example, the BHN Sports Pack costs $4.99 per month and has 16 networks, according to a BHN Web site.

Starting this afternoon, BHN Sports Pack customers can go to the Speed2.com Web site to log in using Bright House Networks My Services account information, the cable company said.

BHN's main system cluster is in Central Florida. It also operates in Bakersfield, Calif.; Indianapolis; Detroit and Birmingham, Ala., among other markets.

Speed2 content, in standard and high definition, includes Speed series American Muscle Car, Behind the Headlights, Back in the Day with Dale Jr. and Victory by Design, plus racing events such as Formula 2, World Touring Car Championship, VW Scirocco Cup and FIM Motocross World Championship.

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