Spectrum Sports

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Spectrum Sports
Spectrum Sports logo.png
Owned by Charter Communications
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area California
Florida
Hawaii
Missouri
Nebraska
New York
Ohio
Wisconsin
Website www.myspectrumsports.com
Availability
Cable
Spectrum Available on other Spectrum systems in each channel's respective markets
Streaming media
Live Stream Live Stream(U.S. cable internet subscribers only; requires login from participating providers to stream content; some events may not be available due to league rights restrictions)

Spectrum Sports (SS), also known under the corporate names Spectrum Networks, or Charter Sports Regional Networks, is the collective name for a group of regional sports networks in the United States that are primarily owned and operated by Charter Communications through its acquisition of Time Warner Cable in May 2016. Charter also operates two other channels under the alternative name Spectrum SportsNet. The channels previously were branded as either Time Warner Cable Sports Channel or Time Warner Cable SportsNet.

Each of the networks carry regional broadcasts of sporting events from various professional, collegiate and high school sports teams (with broadcasts typically exclusive to each individual network, although some are shown on more than one SS network within a particular team's designated market area), along with regional and national sports discussion, documentary and analysis programs.

Depending on their individual team rights, some SS outlets maintain overflow feeds available via digital cable channels in their home markets, which may provide alternate programming when not used to carry game broadcasts that the main feed cannot carry due to scheduling conflicts. SS's business operations are based in New York City, New York and Los Angeles, California.

History

Time Warner Cable (TWC) launched its first regional sports network in Kansas City in 1996. The network then known as Metro Sports featured mostly college and high school games. The second of these networks was formed in 1998 as Central Ohio Sport! Television. That network began as a partnership with Insight Communications which Time Warner would later acquire. Other networks would soon follow under various names. It wasn't until Fall 2013 that TWC decided to unify these channels under one brand, Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. All of these channels were rebranded as Spectrum Sports after TWC was acquired by Charter in 2016. At that time, Bright House Sports Network was also rebranded Spectrum Sports Florida as Charter had acquired Bright House Networks in the same deal as TWC. With the exception of the Kansas City network (which is also carried by Comcast), all of these networks have exclusive carriage on Charter Spectrum systems only.

Time Warner Cable has also partnered with major league sports teams to form regional sports networks. The first of these was SportsNet New York in 2006 of which the New York Mets are the majority owners. In 2012, Time Warner Cable SportsNet (currently Spectrum SportsNet) was formed in a partership with the Los Angeles Lakers. This was follow by the less successful Time Warner SportsNet LA (currently Spectrum SportsNet LA) as joint-venture with the Los Angeles Dodgers Unlike SportsNet New York and Spectrum SportsNet, Spectrum SportsNet LA does not have carriage from other cable or satellite providers.

Networks

Owned & Operated

Channel Region served Team/conference broadcast rights Year launched Notes
Spectrum Sports (Hawaii) Hawaii Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and Rainbow Wahine sports
Hawaii High School Athletic Association sports
Launched as Oceanic Sports
Spectrum Sports (Kansas City) Kansas City metropolitan area,
Lincoln, Nebraska
Kansas Jayhawks sports
Big 12 Conference sports
Missouri Valley Conference sports
Summit League sports
NAIA sports
1996 Launched as Metro Sports; rebranded as Time Warner Cable SportsChannel in 2013.
Spectrum Sports (Ohio) Ohio,
parts of northern Kentucky,
western Pennsylvania
Columbus Crew (MLS)
Columbus Clippers (IL)
Toledo Mud Hens (IL)
Dayton Flyers basketball
Miami RedHawks hockey
Mid-American Conference college football and basketball
Ohio High School Athletic Association sports
1998 Launched as Central Ohio Sport! Television. Rebranded as Time Warner Cable SportsChannel in 2012. Network maintains separate feeds for Cleveland, Akron-Canton and Youngstown, Columbus and Mid-Ohio, Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, and Dayton.
Spectrum Sports (Wisconsin) Wisconsin Milwaukee Panthers sports 2007

Partnerships

Channel Owner Region served Team/conference broadcast rights Year launched Notes
Spectrum SportsNet
Spectrum Deportes
Los Angeles Lakers (50%)
Charter (50%)
Southern California,
Central California,
Las Vegas Valley,
Hawaii
Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)
Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
2012 One of only two regional sports network with separate Spanish feed.
Spectrum SportsNet LA
Spectrum Deportes LA
Guggenheim Baseball Management (50%)
Charter (50%)
Greater Los Angeles Area,
Coachella Valley,
Hawaii
Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB) 2014 One of only two regional sports network with separate Spanish feed. Network is currently not available on satellite or other cable systems.
SportsNet New York New York Mets (65%)
Charter (27%)
NBC Sports Group (8%)
New York Metropolitan Area
Upstate New York
New York Mets (MLB)
New York Jets (NFL) (team related programming)
2006

Former Networks

Channel Region served Team/conference broadcast rights Year launched Year shutdown Notes
Spectrum Sports (Carolinas) North Carolina,
South Carolina
2017 Subfeeds: Charlotte, Raleigh, Columbia.
Spectrum Sports (Florida) Florida 2004 2017
Spectrum Sports (New York) Upstate New York Buffalo Bisons (IL)
Rochester Knighthawks (NLL)
Rochester Razorsharks (PBL)
Rochester Red Wings (IL)
Rochester Rhinos (USL)
New York Mets (MLB) (via WPIX/New York City)
Syracuse Chiefs (IL)
Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
New York Knicks (NBA) (via MSG Network)
Eastern College Athletic Conference hockey
Syracuse Orange football, basketball and lacrosse
Buffalo Bulls football (home games only)
Canisius Golden Griffins hockey and basketball
Niagara Purple Eagles hockey and basketball
RIT Tigers ice hockey
Colgate Raiders sports
2003 2017 Subfeeds: Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse,
Spectrum Sports (Texas) Texas FC Dallas (MLS)
Dallas Sidekicks (MASL)
High School Football (UIL)
2010 2017 Subfeeds: Dallas / Waco, Austin / San Antonio.

See also

External links

  • Official Website

References

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