ST. LOUIS, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Charter Communications (OTC Bulletin Board: CCMM), in agreement with NBC Universal, today announced a multiplatform content offering for NBC Universal's 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games to commence with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 12.
Customers will stay connected to the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games wherever they go, and can expect extensive coverage on the networks of NBC Universal, including NBC, USA Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Universal HD and NBCOlympics.com. Designed to deliver customers more than 835 hours of unprecedented Winter Olympic programming, representing the most total hours ever for a Winter Olympics, and the most live hours ever for a Winter Games, Charter will showcase advanced technology, as well as cable's broad digital offerings and deep and rich content across multiple digital platforms, including HD, VOD and high-speed Internet. The world's premier winter event will be the first Winter Olympics available entirely in high definition.
The excitement and drama of this year's Winter Olympic Games are eagerly anticipated by millions of fans, but a family in St. Louis – home of Charter's corporate offices and one of the company's largest markets – has a passionate and personal interest in one of the main events. The Stastny family is a hockey dynasty, built by hockey legend and Blues Hockey Hall of Fame Center iceman Peter Stastny and inherited by his sons. Stastny, and his brothers Anton and Marian, attracted international hockey attention during the Lake Placid Olympic Games in 1980 as members of the Czechoslovakia Hockey team when they defected from the Communist regime to NHL's Quebec Nordiques. Peter returned to his homeland as a captain to lead his newly founded country, Slovakia, in the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway. The elder Stastny was then traded to the St. Louis Blues in 1994, where the family has made their home since.
Yan, 27, is a Notre Dame graduate and a center for the St. Louis Blues, and can recall watching close-up shots of his father on TV carrying the Slovakian flag for his country. Paul, 24, plays center for the Colorado Avalanche. A University of Denver graduate, he was recently named to the 2010 Team USA hockey team, to begin the family's second generation participation in these elite competitions.
The Stastnys rely on Charter services to keep up with hockey and to stay in touch with family. Yan follows his brother Paul's hockey games using Charter's video and high-speed Internet services. "With all of today's amazing technology, I never miss a thing," he said. "I'm extremely proud of my brother, and I plan to be in Vancouver to support him as much as my schedule will allow. But it's good to know that when I can't be there, I can still follow his games on TV and online."
The elder Stastny goes online every morning to analyze game sheets, and he regularly watches hockey – especially his sons' games – on Charter's sports tier. "We are a family rich with hockey tradition, and Charter helps us keep that spirit alive," he said. "Being both a very proud parent and a former player makes it a lot harder in many ways. You can see things as a spectator that you can't see as a player on the ice, and that can be nerve-racking."
In addition, Charter's advanced Internet and telephone services enable the Stastnys to stay in touch with family and friends across the U.S. and internationally.
Following are multiplatform offerings that will allow Charter customers to watch and be a part of the Vancouver Winter Games, including HD, VOD and high-speed Internet services.
Charter Communications Olympics Experience Includes:
DIGITAL SERVICES OFFERINGS:
HD Coverage: For the first time, the Olympics will be available entirely in stunning HD, with HD coverage available on the networks of NBC Universal. Customers need not miss a minute of coverage, which includes alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsled, cross-country, curling, figure skating, ice hockey and snowboarding.
On Demand: NBC Universal is making gravity-defying highlights and full event rewinds available On Demand.
- Pre-Games: Viewers can access more than 20 5-7 minute clips available in SD and HD.
- In Games: NBCU will offer more than 100 highlight clips, approximately 10 per day, in addition to up to five full-length daily event replays. Additionally, NBCU will offer more than 30% of In-Games VOD in HD.
The 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games will run throughout 17 unforgettable days and nights, covering every sport, medal, champion and riveting moment. For more information, visit www.nbcolympics.com or www.charter.net/vancouver.
Fans of the games can also play games, win prizes, and more by visiting www.charter.com/win.
About NBC Olympics
NBC, America's Olympic Network, has broadcast 11 Olympic Games, the most Olympics broadcast by any network. NBC surpassed ABC's 10 Olympics with the 2008 Beijing Games, the most watched event in U.S. television history with 215 million viewers. Vancouver will be NBC's 12th Olympics.
The 2010 Vancouver Games mark the sixth of an unprecedented seven consecutive Olympic broadcasts by NBC Sports, which began with the 2000 Sydney Games and continues through the 2012 London Games.
About Charter Communications
Charter Communications, Inc. (CCMM - OTC Bulletin Board) is a leading broadband communications company and the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services, including advanced Charter Digital Cable® video entertainment programming, Charter High-Speed® Internet access, and Charter Telephone®. Charter Business™ similarly provides scalable, tailored, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, video and music entertainment services, and business telephone. Charter's advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media® brand. More information about Charter can be found at www.charter.com.
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