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NBC Sports Regional Networks

Group of regional sports networks in the United States / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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NBC 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 NBCUniversal, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the cable television company Comcast. The networks were originally established as Comcast SportsNet (CSN), a unit of Comcast's cable television business, beginning with a network in Philadelphia which launched in 1997. Their operations were aligned with the national NBC Sports division following the 2011 acquisition of NBC Universal by Comcast. NBC Sports Regional Networks' business and master control operations are based in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

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NBC Sports Regional Networks
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNationwide (through regional affiliates)
AffiliatesNBC Sports Radio
HeadquartersNew York City, New York
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
ParentNBC Sports Group
Sister channels
LaunchedOctober 1, 1997 (1997-10-01)
Former namesComcast SportsNet (CSN) (1997–2017)
Streaming media
NBC SportsInternet Protocol television
(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)
DirecTV StreamInternet Protocol television
(Except NBC Sports Philadelphia)
FuboTVInternet Protocol television
YouTube TVInternet Protocol television
Hulu LiveInternet Protocol television

The group operates seven regional networks; Comcast also has a partial ownership interest in SportsNet New York, which is co-owned with Charter Communications and the New York Mets. Each of the networks carries 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 network within a particular team's designated market area), along with regional and national sports discussion, documentary and analysis programs.

After their realignment with NBC Sports, the networks initially continued to operate primarily under the Comcast SportsNet name. Although Comcast originally considered dropping its name from the networks in favor of NBC Sports following the merger, they still operated under the CSN brand for at least six more years. The group's two networks in California were then re-branded under the NBC Sports brand in April 2017, while the remaining networks were renamed on October 2, 2017.