Universal Sports Scores Multiyear Carriage Pact with Hawaiian Telcom


Universal Sports Network has reached multiyear distribution agreement with Hawaiian Telcom Services Company, Inc.
The Olympic-sport proponent is slated to roll out to Hawaiian Telcom video customers in the Oahu market today on channel 90 and high-definition channel 1090. Universal Sports will be available as freeview to all of the provider's customers during July and August and as part of Advantage Plus package thereafter. Financial terms were not disclosed.

After converting to a license-fee-based service at the turn of the year from a multicast operation, Universal Sports, which signed its first affiliate pact under the new format last summer with DirecTV, also has inked distribution deals with Dish Network, Alaskan cable operator GCI, Hiawatha Broadband Communications in Minnesota, Cascade Communications in Oregon, Waitsfield Cable in Vermont, MTC Cable in New York, IPTV distributor SkyAngel and Bend Broadband, Wave Broadband and Local Tel on the West Coast.

"We are pleased that Hawaiian Telcom recognizes the high value that Universal Sports Network offers through our exclusive rights to some of the world's biggest sporting events, and welcome them to our growing list of distribution partners," said David Sternberg, CEO of Universal Sports, in a statement.  "We look forward to delivering our unique and compelling content, including the Kona Ironman, and building a successful relationship with Hawaiian Telcom as they grow the footprint of their outstanding, all-digital TV service throughout Oahu."
Noted Hawaiian Telcom senior vice president of strategy and marketing Brad Fisher: "Hawaiian Telcom is thrilled to bring Universal Sports to our TV customers, and the timing couldn't be better as the world's elite athletes complete their preparations for the Olympic Games in London. Universal Sports is a fantastic addition to our television product already rich in content, features and services."
Since the commercial launch of the company's new digital TV service on July 1, 2011, Hawaiian Telcom has added an additional 30 HD channels, bolstering its roser of the enhanced-format channels to 100..