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NFL Network Freeview under way now!  


(Dec. 27, 2006) -- After more than three years in the making -- NFL Network has finally made it to Broadway.

The 24-hour, year-round television channel dedicated to everything football, NFL Network is now playing widely in New York -- and New Jersey, Kansas City, and throughout Texas.

After agreeing to terms last week with several major cable companies, NFL Network is in the midst of a six-day freeview of its channel to customers.

The free preview began at 6 a.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 24 and will continue through Saturday, Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. ET.

"Viewers and critics throughout the country have consistently raved about the unique, high-quality programming on NFL Network and now the viewers in the freeview markets will get to see what all the buzz is about," said NFL Network President & CEO Steve Bornstein.

Among the cable companies taking part in NFL Network's holiday freeview offer are:

  • Blue Valley Telecommunications (Topeka, KS [Ch. 254])
  • Cablevision (New York [Ch. 414] & New Jersey [Ch. 414])
  • Cap Rock TV (Lubbock, TX [Ch. 2])
  • Rainbow Communications (Topeka [Ch. 22] and St. Joseph, KS [Ch. 22])
  • Suddenlink (Abilene [Ch. 38], Amarillo [Ch. 46], Lubbock [Ch. 55] and Midland, TX [Ch. 55])
  • Time Warner Cable (Austin [Ch. 436], Dallas [Ch. 960], Kansas City [Ch. 176], Liberal (KS) [Ch. 24], New York [Ch. 199], New Jersey [Ch. 199], San Antonio [Ch. 946] and Waco [Ch. 124])

Programming to be featured during the remaining freeview window includes:

The inaugural Texas Bowl pitting Rutgers (10-2) vs. Kansas State (7-5) on Thursday, Dec. 28 at 8 p.m. ET. (Live; Available in HD)

The Insight Bowl featuring the high-scoring Texas Tech (7-5) squad battling the Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-6) on Friday, Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. ET. (Live; Available in HD)

Among the daily programming highlights still to come are:

Wednesday, Dec. 27

10 a.m. ET -- Greatest Games: 1962 NFL Championship highlights from Green Bay vs. NY Giants.

10:30 a.m. ET -- Super Bowl XXV: Highlights from New York Giants vs. Buffalo Bills.

11 a.m. ET -- Super Bowl VI: Highlights from Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins.

11:30 a.m. ET -- Super Bowl XII: Highlights from Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos.

Noon ET -- In Their Own Words -- Hank Stram story told in his own words.

2:30 p.m. ET -- Point After whips around live press conferences from around the league.

7 p.m. ET -- NFL Total Access, NFL's show of record, providing daily news, interviews and analysis from around the league.

8 p.m. ET -- NFL Replay, Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills game is re-aired as a 90 minute condensed version with original television announcers and cameras including enhanced audio from the sidelines and locker room, plus post-game press conference interviews to provide context of the game.

10:30 p.m. ET -- NFL Replay, San Diego Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks.

Thursday, Dec. 28

10 a.m. ET -- NFL Films Presents: Broadway Joe Namath is highlighted.

11 a.m. ET -- Lawrence Taylor is profiled in a 30-minute special.

11:30 a.m. ET -- Super Bowl IV featuring Kansas City vs. Minnesota is revisited.

Noon ET -- In Their Own Words: Bill Parcells tells his story in his own words.

2:30 p.m. ET -- Point After whips around live press conferences from around the league.

4:30 p.m. ET -- America's Game #17: 1994 San Francisco 49ers including interviews with Steve Young, Brent Jones and Merton Hanks. Narrated by actor Bruce Willis. America's Game tells the stories behind the story of all 40 Super Bowl champions in 60-minute documentaries (available in high definition) taking NFL fans inside the locker rooms of each Super Bowl winner, featuring never-before-told, behind-the-scenes stories from the participants.

7 p.m. ET -- NFL Total Access, NFL's show of record, providing daily news, interviews and analysis from around the league previews the upcoming inaugural Texas Bowl.

8 p.m. ET -- Texas Bowl: Rutgers (10-2) vs. Kansas State (7-5) live from Reliant Stadium in Houston. Play-by-play will be handled by Spero Dedes and color analysts Mike Mayock and Sterling Sharpe.

Friday, Dec. 29

10 a.m. ET -- Game of the Week: 2006 Week 2: New York Giants vs. Philadelphia

11 a.m. ET -- Team Yearbook: 2000 New York Giants.

2:30 p.m. ET -- Point After whips around live press conferences from around the league.

4:30 p.m. ET -- America's Game #16: 1996 Green Bay Packers including interviews with Brett Favre, Mike Holmgren and Desmond Howard. Narrated by actor Kevin Bacon.

7 p.m. ET -- NFL Total Access, NFL's show of record, providing daily news, interviews and analysis from around the league previews the upcoming Insight Bowl.

8 p.m. ET -- Insight Bowl: Minnesota (6-6) vs. Texas Tech (7-5) live from Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. Derrin Horton handles play-by-play alongside analyst Dick Vermeil.

Saturday, Dec. 30

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET -- Super Bowl Highlights Marathon: 30-minute specials on Super Bowl III: NY Jets vs. Baltimore Colts; Super Bowl XXI: NY Giants vs. Denver Broncos; Super Bowl XXV: NY Giants vs. Buffalo Bills; Super Bowl XXVII: Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills; Super Bowl XXVIII: Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills and Super Bowl XXX: Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers.

1 p.m. ET -- America's Game #15: 1971 Dallas Cowboys featuring interviews with Roger Staubach, Cliff Harris, Duane Thomas and Bob Lilly. Narrated by Martin Sheen.

2 p.m. ET -- America's Game #18: 1969 Kansas City Chiefs featuring interviews with Len Dawson, Willie Lanier and Jim Lynch. Narrated by Martin Sheen.

3 p.m. ET -- America's Game: 1990 New York Giants featuring interviews with Ottis Anderson, Jeff Hostetler and Carl Banks. Narrated by Alec Baldwin.

4 p.m. ET -- Rise and Fall: The Story of the 2006 New York Giants: This one-hour special delves into the 2006 season of the New York Giants. Starting the year 6-2, the Giants go 1-6 in their next seven games.

5 p.m. ET -- Total Access on Location. A three-hour pregame show hosted live on-site at Fed Ex Field in Washington, D.C. by Rich Eisen, alongside Deion Sanders, Steve Mariucci and Marshall Faulk. Everything you need to get ready for the crucial New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins Week 17 match-up including a preview of all the key Week 17 games.

The freeview preview caps off an incredible year for NFL Network.

NFL Network continued its growth both in programming and distribution in 2006. With 40 million U.S. subscribers, NFL Network is the fastest growing sports network ever and finishes the year delivering nearly 2,000 hours of original programming -- unprecedented numbers for a network only 3 years old.

January saw the network acquire the rights to 48 live primetime regular-season NFL games and televise everything but the game during Super Bowl week.

February featured exclusive Scouting Combine coverage; the airing of a Super Bowl commercials show that ran on TV, internet, cell phone and Video-On-Demand; Pro Bowl coverage and the latest coaching and free agent news.

In March, NFL Network announced it would make NFL games available days after their original airing, marking the first-time in the league's 86-year history that NFL games would air outside their live window.

In April, NFL Network acquired the rights to its first college bowl game, the Senior Bowl all-star game from Mobile, Ala., featuring 100 of the country's best senior collegiate football players and top NFL draft prospects and aired its first-ever coverage of the NFL Draft.

In May, NFL Network announced the acquisition of the Insight Bowl, hired Bryant Gumbel, Cris Collinsworth, Mark Loomis and John Gonzalez for its game telecasts and held its first ever advertiser Upfront event in New York City.

In June, NFL Network acquired the rights to the inaugural Texas Bowl; provided mini-camp coverage; and was exclusive inside the annual Rookie Symposium.

In July, NFL Network announced the addition of its fourth college bowl game in four months, the All-American Classic all-star game played in Las Vegas.

In August, NFL Network televised 52 preseason games and 12 Inside Training Camp specials and began airing a weekly college football show on Saturdays.

In September, NFL Network debuted its first-ever Sunday night NFL postgame show, NFL GameDay, featuring Deion Sanders and Steve Mariucci as analysts; and hired current player Marshall Faulk to serve as an analyst on flagship show NFL Total Access.

In October, NFL Network announced its most ambitious series to date, a 41-part series in High Definition titled America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions. Each one-hour show chronicles the past 40 Super Bowl champions with fresh interviews and never before told accounts from the participants of each Super Bowl winner.

In November and December, NFL Network debuted live primetime regular season games for the first-time with a Thanksgiving night clash between the Chiefs and the Broncos. NFLN finishes the month televising two NFL games -- the two-highest rated programs on cable for their respective telecasts. In December, NFL Network airs eight live games, including six NFL contests, plus two college bowl games.

NFL Network airs seven days a week, 24 hours a day on a year-round basis and is the first television network fully dedicated to the NFL and the sport of football. For more information, log onto www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/home or visit iwantnflnetwork.com.

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