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Universal Sports is an Americanmarker television network that airs various sports, mainly those contested in the Olympics, including swimming, gymnastics, cycling, track and field, figure skating, skiing, and triathlon. The network, originally "World Championship Sports Network (WCSN)" was co-founded by Claude Ruibal, Chairman and CEO and Tom Hipkins, Universal Sports Board Member with the help of Carlos Silva, President and COO in 2006 and is a combined operation of NBC Universal and InterMedia Partners. On June 16, 2008, NBCU partned with InterMedia and renamed the network Universal Sports, complete with the NBC Peacock branding.

Availability

Universal Sports is distributed by:

  • Over the air broadcast on a digital subchannel on all NBC owned and operated stations and is carried by many affiliated stations.
  • Digital Cable channels.
  • An online streaming video service.
  • See chart below for markets and channels.


Programming

Universal Sports has carried over 1,000 live events and 7,000 hours of original event programming between television and the Internet . They promote over 40 sports, including 50 World Championships, 180 World Cup and 50 Grand Prix Events annually . These events range from Track & Field, Skiing, Swimming, Gymnastics and Cycling, to Volleyball, Marathons, Karate, Speed Skating and Triathlon . Universal Sports has long term broadcasting agreements with FINA, the International Swimming Federation, FIG, the International Gymnastics Federation, FIS, the International Ski Federation, UCI, the International Cycling Union, FISA, the International Rowing Federation, and IAAF, the International Association of Athletics Federation . The network features Olympic stars like Michael Phelps, Nastia Liukin, and Apolo Ohno as well as upcoming athletes like Lindsey Vonn.

Universal Sports carried the 2008 Paralympic Games from Beijing from October 8 to November 19, 2008. On September 9, 2008, they also began the "Olympic Replay", rebroadcasting selected competitions from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Some of the upcoming events on Universal Sports include the New York Marathon, the Grand Prix of Figure Skating, and the FIS Alpine World Cup . The will play a large role in the coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouvermarker and are currently focused on the "Countdown" to that event.

Universal Sports provides year round coverage of events that are only promoted every few years. Through the television and Internet streaming, a fan can see how Olympic athletes compete between the games. They want to promote an "athlete's network" and become an outlet for interested fans to see an sports as way of life . The multi-faceted network gives fans an opportunity to connect with the athletes through blogs and interviews outside of competition.

Besides the sports coverage, Universal Sports broadcasts E/I programming (as per FCC requirements) on Mondays and Tuesdays (in the form of episodes of Teen Kids News and AquaKids) from 10 AM to 12 noon ET.

The network also carries some news programming, it airs a pre-recorded hour of Russia Today from 8-9 AM ET daily.

History

Universal Sports dates back to 2006, when WCSN was formed and covered the United States Track and Field Championships via streaming video. InterMedia Partners and NBC Universal partnered together on June 16, 2008 and became Universal Sports through the partnership.

Universal Sports also took over the airspace formerly used by NBC's now defunct "NBC Weather Plus+" which was discontinued not long after NBC Universal purchased The Weather Channel.

List of affiliates

DMA Market Station Primary Affiliation Owner Channel
1 New York City, New Yorkmarker WNBCmarker NBC O&O NBC Universal (O&O) Over the air: 4.4
Time Warner: 162, Comcast: 249, Cablevision: 110, RCN: 29, Fios: 464
2 Los Angeles, Californiamarker KNBCmarker NBC O&O NBC Universal Over the air: 4.4
Time Warner: 226, Cox: 805,Charter 305,Fios: 464
3 Chicago, Illinoismarker WMAQ-TVmarker NBC O&O NBC Universal Over the air: 5.3
Comcast: 251, RCN: 51,WOW!: 196
4 San Francisco, Californiamarker KNTV-TVmarker NBC O&O NBC Universal Over the air: 11.3
Comcast: 187
5 Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamarker WCAUmarker NBC O&O NBC Universal Over the air: 10.3
Comcast 249, Fios: 464
6 Dallas, Texas KXASmarker NBC O&O NBC Universal / LIN TV Over the air: 5.3
Time Warner: 366, Charter:104, Grande:131, Greenville Utilities:151, Fios:465
7 Atlanta, Georgia WXIA-TVmarker NBC O&O NBC Universal / Gannett Over the air: 11.3
Comcast: 245
8 Washington, D.C.marker WRC-TVmarker NBC O&O NBC Universal Over the air: 4.3
Comcast: 207
FIOS (Montgomery Cty.): 464

9 Houston, Texasmarker KIAH-TVmarker The CW Tribune Company Over the air: 39.2
Comcast: 319
10 Detroit, Michiganmarker WADL-TVmarker Independent Adell Broadcasting Over the air: 38.2

11 Seattle, Washingtonmarker KING-TVmarker NBC Belo Over the air: 5.2
Comcast: 115, Click!

Network:171, Hood Canal Communication: 52, Rainier Connect:115, Wave Broadband: 82, Fios:460
12 Miami, Floridamarker WTVJmarker NBC O&O NBC Universal Over the air: 6.3, Comcast 217
13 Denver, Coloradomarker KUSA-TVmarker NBC Gannett Over the air: 9.3
Comcast: 250, Available on Ski Resorts in Winter Park (Grandby, Grand Lake, Winter Park, Fraser, Hot Sulphur Springs), Breckenridge and Keystone (Silverthorne, Frisco, Dillon, Keystone, Breckenridge), Vail and Beaver Creek (Vail, Avon, Edwards, Minturn, Beaver Creek, Eagle-Vail, Cordillera), Aspen (Aspen, Snowmass, Woody Creek, Basalt, El Jebel, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Silt, New Castle)
14 Portland, Oregonmarker KRCW-TVmarker The CW Tribune Company Over the air: 33.2, FiOS: 463
15 Indianapolis, Indianamarker WTHRmarker NBC Dispatch Broadcast Group Over the air: 13.3
Comcast: 248


16 Raleigh, North Carolinamarker WNCN-TVmarker NBC Media General Over the air: 17.2, Time Warner: 218
17 San Diego, Californiamarker KNSD-TVmarker NBC O&O NBC Universal Over the air: 39.3, Cox:117, Time Warner:136
18 Hartford, Connecticutmarker WVIT-TVmarker NBC O&O NBC Universal Over the air: 30.3
Cox: 803, Cablevision:249 and 261, Charter 756, Comcast:249
19 Columbus, Ohiomarker WDEM-CDmarker Independent Triplett & Associates Over the air: 17.1
20 Salt Lake City, Utahmarker KSL-TVmarker NBC Bonneville International Over the air: 5.2, Comcast:113, Ski Resorts: Alta, Beaver Mountain, Brian Head, Brighton, The Canyons, Deer Valley, Park City, Powder Mountain, Snow Basin, Snowbird, Solitude, Sundance, Wolf Creek
21 Las Vegas, Nevadamarker KVBC-TVmarker NBC Sunbelt Communications Company Over the air: 3.3, Cox: 127
22 Jacksonville, Floridamarker WTLVmarker NBC Gannett Over the air: 12.2, Comcast: 200
23 Buffalo, New Yorkmarker WGRZmarker NBC Gannett Over the air: 2.2, Time Warner: 114
24 Albany, New Yorkmarker WCWNmarker CW Freedom Communications Over the air: 39.2
25 Omaha, Nebraskamarker WOWT-TVmarker NBC Gray Television, Inc. Over the air: 6.2, Cox: 120
26 Spokane, Washingtonmarker KHQ-TVmarker NBC Cowles Publishing Company Over the air: 6.3, Comcast: 116
27 Wichita, Kansasmarker KGPT-CA Retro Television Network Great Plains Television Network Over the air: 49.2
28 Charleston, South Carolinamarker WHDC-LD Independent Local HDTV, LLC WHDC Over the air: 40
29 Reno, Nevadamarker KOLO-TVmarker ABC Gray Television, Inc. Over the air: 8.2, Charter: 228
30 Sioux Falls, South Dakotamarker KDLTmarker/KDLVmarker NBC Red River Broadcasting Over the air: 46.2, Midcontinent: 606, Knology:132, Beresford Cablevision: 46.11, Milford: 102.4
31 Yakimamarker/Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Washingtonmarker KNDOmarker/KNDUmarker NBC KHQ, Inc. Over the air: 23.2/25.2, Charter: 286
32 Wausau, Wisconsinmarker WJFW-TVmarker NBC Rockfleet Broadcasting Over the air: 12.2/27.2, Comcast: 250
33 Columbia, Missourimarker KOMU-TVmarker NBC University of Missourimarker Over the air: 8.2, Mediacom: 247
34 Anchorage, Alaskamarker KYES-TVmarker MyNetworkTV Fireweed Communications Corporation Over the air: 5.3, DirecTV: 5.3
35 Idaho Fallsmarker-Pocatello, Idahomarker KPVI-TVmarker NBC Sunbelt Communications Company Over the air: 7.2, CableOne: 466
36 Duluth, Minnesotamarker KQDSmarker Fox Red River Broadcasting Over the air: 21.3, Charter: 306
37 Puerto Rico WAPA-TVmarker Independent InterMedia Partners Over the air: 4.2, DISH Network: 27, Liberty Cablevision: 53, Choice Cable TV: 29 and 239
38 Fresno, Californiamarker KJEO Over-the-air: 32, Coarsegold Analog Channel: 9, Mariposa Analog Channel: 2, Sebastian Digital Channel: 32
39 San Diego, Californiamarker Over-the-air: 39.3, Cox: 117, Time Warner: 136
40 Greenwich, Connecticutmarker Cablevision: 119, Fios: 464
41 Dover, Delawaremarker Comcast: 249, Fios: 464
42 Wilmington, Delawaremarker Over-the-air 10.3, Comcast: 249, Fios: 464
43 Orlando, Floridamarker WHDO Over-the-air: 36
44 Tampa, Floridamarker WFHD Over-the-air: 36
45 Rome/Calhoun/Dallas, Georgia Over-the-air: 11.3, Comcast: 199
46 Winder, Georgiamarker Over-the-air: 11.3, Comcast: 233
47 Bartow/Cherokee/Forsyth Counties, Georgia Over-the-air 11.3, Comcast; 247
48 Boise, Idahomarker Over-the-air: 39.2
49 Baltimore, Marylandmarker Fios:464, RCN:29
50 Olean, New Yorkmarker Over-the-air: 2.2, Time Warner: 111
51 Northern New Jersey Over-the-air: 4.4, Comcast: 249, Cablevision:110, Fios: 464
52 Southern New Jersey Over-the-air: 10.3, Comcast: 249, Fios: 464
53 Rhinelander, Wisconsinmarker Over-the-air: 6.3, Comcast 250
54 Norfolk, Virginiamarker WSKY-TVmarker Independent Sky Television, LLC Over the air: 4.2
55 Elko, Nevadamarker Over-the-air: 10.2
97 Charleston, South Carolinamarker WHDC-TV Over-the-air: 40.3


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