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NBA TV
NBA TV
is an American sports-oriented cable and satellite television network that is owned by the National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
(NBA) and operated by the Turner Broadcasting System
Turner Broadcasting System
subsidiary of Time Warner
Time Warner
; the NBA also uses the network as a way of advertising the league's out-of-market sports package NBA League Pass , and partner channel TNT . Dedicated to basketball , the network features exhibition, regular season and playoff game telecasts from the NBA and related professional basketball leagues, as well as NBA-related content including analysis programs, specials and documentaries . The network also serves as national broadcaster of the NBA D-League and WNBA games. NBA TV
NBA TV
is the oldest cable network in North America
North America
to be owned or controlled by a professional sports league, having launched on March 17, 1999.

As of February 2015, NBA TV
NBA TV
is available to approximately 57,129,001 households that subscribe to cable, satellite or telco television service (totaling 49.1% of households with at least one television set) in the United States. The highest measured audience was a Golden State Warriors vs San Antonio Spurs regular season game on April 10, 2016 with an average 2.6 million viewers.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Carriage agreements

* 3 Programming

* 3.1 List of programs broadcast by NBA TV
NBA TV

* 4 High definition

* 5 Personalities

* 5.1 Studio hosts * 5.2 Studio analysts * 5.3 Contributors * 5.4 Other hosts * 5.5 Former hosts and analysts

* 6 NBA TV
NBA TV
International * 7 Criticism * 8 See also * 9 References * 10 External links

HISTORY

The network launched on March 17, 1999 as NBA.COM TV; the channel, which was renamed NBA TV
NBA TV
on February 11, 2003, originally operated from studio facilities housed at NBA Entertainment in Secaucus , New Jersey . The network signed a multi-year carriage agreement with three of the U.S.'s five largest cable providers, Cox Communications
Cox Communications
, Cablevision
Cablevision
and Time Warner
Time Warner
Cable , on June 28, 2003; this expanded the network's reach to 45 million pay television households in the U.S., in addition to distribution in 30 countries worldwide. After Time Warner
Time Warner
shut down the sports news network CNN/SI in 2002, many cable providers replaced that network with NBA TV.

On October 8, 2007, it was reported that the National Basketball Association would transfer the channel's operations to Time Warner's Turner Sports
Turner Sports
division (operated by the company's Turner Broadcasting System subsidiary). In a story published by Hoopsworld: "NBATV: Surprisingly there has been little said about the NBA's decision to sell off NBATV to one of its media partners. Talks had gone on for sometime as ESPN/ABC and Turner both explored scenarios with the league. Ultimately it seems Turner has won out, and will take over operation of the league's flagship cable channel, that reaches some 12 million subscribers. The exact changeover date is not clear, but several months ago a Bloomberg report cited sources saying senior level producers were offered contract buyouts in September."

Turner took over the channel's operations on October 28, 2008, and began using the same announcers and analysts used on TNT's NBA telecasts . Analysis and news programming also received an upgrade, with production of the programs being relocated to Studio B at Turner Studios in Atlanta
Atlanta
, Georgia , located adjacent to Studio J, where TNT's post-game program Inside the NBA is broadcast.

On October 22, 2016, AT&T
AT&T
reached a deal to buy Time Warner
Time Warner
for $108.7 billion. If approved by federal regulators, the merger would bring Time Warner's properties, including NBA TV, under the same umbrella as AT&T's telecommunication holdings, including satellite provider DirecTV
DirecTV
. On February 15, 2017, Time Warner
Time Warner
shareholders approved the merger, which is still pending regulatory approval. On February 28, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced that his agency will not review the deal, leaving the review to the US Department of Justice . On March 15, 2017, the merger, which is still pending approval from U.S. regulators, was approved by the European Commission
European Commission
.

CARRIAGE AGREEMENTS

On April 16, 2009, DirecTV
DirecTV
announced that it had reached a carriage agreement with the NBA to continue carrying NBA TV, moving it (and out-of-market sports package NBA League Pass ) from the satellite provider's Sports Pack add-on tier to its lower-priced Choice Xtra base package on October 1, 2009. DirecTV
DirecTV
believed the move will make the channel available to an additional eight million subscribers.

On June 4, 2009, Comcast
Comcast
announced that it had reached an agreement with the NBA to move the channel from the cable provider's Sports Entertainment Package to its basic level Digital Classic package, by the start of the 2009-10 NBA season. Like DirecTV, Comcast
Comcast
estimated that an additional eight million customers would effectively gain access to the channel. Verizon FiOS added the channel and NBA League Pass to its systems on September 23, 2009. The network also signed new multi-year agreements with Time Warner
Time Warner
Cable , Cablevision
Cablevision
and Dish Network
Dish Network
on October 22, 2009, as well as a renewal agreement with Cox Communications
Cox Communications
earlier in the year.

With all of the above carriage deals, the NBA estimates that it would increase NBA TV's overall subscriber reach to 45 million cable and satellite television homes. On October 29, 2010, AT NBA League Pass is also not carried by Charter (on May 18, 2016, Charter acquired Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks for $78.7 billion, which both carry the network). NBA TV
NBA TV
is available to Charter households where available as of February 2017, if a customer switches to the new 'Spectrum' billing plan which will unite Charter, Time Warner
Time Warner
and Bright House under the Spectrum branding (this is all likely unrelated to Charter's inherited naming rights of the Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
' home arena, the Spectrum Center ).

PROGRAMMING

NBA TV
NBA TV
offers news programs devoted to basketball daily, in addition to programs showcasing the lives of individual basketball players, documentaries focusing on a particular NBA team during the season and archived broadcasts of well-known games.

NBA TV
NBA TV
carries at least 90 regular season games per season, which typically air four days a week during the NBA season (mainly on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays, although occasional Wednesday, Friday and Sunday games may air in the event that ESPN
ESPN
does not hold rights to coverage on those nights), as well as some first-round playoff games.

Live games on NBA TV
NBA TV
are subject to local blackout restrictions, since NBA TV
NBA TV
(despite being owned by the league) does not hold the exclusive broadcast rights to any of its games. Games carried by NBA TV are also carried by each team's local rights holder, either a regional sports network or a broadcast television station.

Beginning with the 2012-13 season, the score box displayed during NBA TV's game coverage (which was seen on the lower-left hand corner of the screen) changed to a banner format oriented horizontally across the screen. However, the network does not use timeout or bonus indicators like that seen on the score graphics used on ESPN
ESPN
and TNT.

The network also shows international games, typically on Saturday evenings, with special emphasis on the Euroleague
Euroleague
and the Maccabi Tel Aviv team from Israel
Israel
. In April 2005, NBA TV
NBA TV
televised the Chinese Basketball
Basketball
Association finals for the first time.

The channel's flagship program is NBA Gametime Live , a program focusing on news headlines within the NBA and related leagues (including the WNBA and the National Basketball
Basketball
Development League ), highlights and look-ins at games currently in progress presented by a host and studio analysts. The show airs live six days a week, deferring any TNT game nights outside of the playoffs to repeating that evening's edition of Inside the NBA . An edited 90-minute version of the broadcast is repeated during the overnight and early morning hours. The network premiered the original documentary The Dream Team on June 13, 2013.

LIST OF PROGRAMS BROADCAST BY NBA TV

* The Beat * Courtside Cinema * Hardwood Classics * Inside the NBA (encore telecasts within 12 hours of original airing on TNT ) * Making the Call * NBA Action * NBA Gametime Live * NBA CrunchTime - focuses on live NBA games till the buzzer, includes CrunchTime Alert, similar to NBA Scores * NBA Gametime Live Specials (e.g. mock draft, free agent updates, season previews, trade deadline updates, playoff previews) * NBA.com Fantasy Insider * NBA in 30 * NBA Inside Stuff * NBA TV
NBA TV
Marquee Matchup * Game Of The Day * NBA TV
NBA TV
Originals * One on One with Ahmad Rashād
Ahmad Rashād
* Open Court * Playoff Playback * Shaqtin\' a Fool * The Starters * 10 Before Tip * WNBA Action

HIGH DEFINITION

NBA TV
NBA TV
HD is a 1080i
1080i
high definition simulcast feed of NBA TV
NBA TV
that is available on most providers. All studio programs and original programs are shot in HD, and all live games and recent game rebroadcasts are televised in HD. During certain programs that are not available in HD (such as older game footage), unique stylized pillarboxes are used, displaying the NBA logo with the "NBA TV" text under it, or alternatively, just the "NBA TV" text oriented sideways, both shown in black and gray.

On December 25 , 2011, concurrent with TNT converting its NBA telecasts to the format, NBA TV
NBA TV
began using the AFD #10 broadcast flag to present programming on its standard definition feed in letterboxed widescreen for viewers watching on cable television through 4:3 television sets.

PERSONALITIES

The studio host and analysts vary on each night's broadcast of NBA Gametime.

STUDIO HOSTS

* Vince Cellini (2010–present) * Beau Estes (2010–present) * Bob Fiscella (2009–present) * Jared Greenberg (2011–present) * Rick Kamla (2002–present) * Ernie Johnson (2008–present) * Ahmad Rashād
Ahmad Rashād
(2006–present) * Larry Smith (2010–present) * Matt Winer (2010–present)

STUDIO ANALYSTS

* David Aldridge (2008–present) * Greg Anthony (2010–present) * Brent Barry (2009–present) * Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley
(2008–present) * Vinny Del Negro (2013–present) * Rick Fox
Rick Fox
(2010–present) * Mike Fratello
Mike Fratello
(2008–present) * Bernard King (2008–present) * Brevin Knight (2011–present) * Rick Mahorn (2011–present) * Kevin McHale (2009–2011; 2016-present) * Cheryl Miller (2008–present) * Sam Mitchell (2008–2010; 2013-2015, 2016-present) * Shaquille O\'Neal (2011–present) * Dennis Scott (2009–present) * Kenny Smith (2008–present) * Steve Smith (2008–present) * Isiah Thomas
Isiah Thomas
(2012–present) * Chris Webber (2008–present)

CONTRIBUTORS

* Joe Borgia * Scoop Jackson * Michael McCann * Dr. Phil McDonald * Sekou Smith * Lang Whitaker

OTHER HOSTS

The Starters

* Leigh Ellis * Trey Kerby * Tas Melas * J. E. Skeets

NBA Inside Stuff

* Grant Hill
Grant Hill
* Kristen Ledlow

FORMER HOSTS AND ANALYSTS

* Andre Aldridge (2005–2009) * Derrick Coleman (2009) * Antonio Davis (2008–2012) * LaPhonso Ellis (2009) * Marc Fein (2008–2011) * Lawrence Frank (2010) * Matt Harpring (2010) * Lionel Hollins (2013) * Eddie Jordan (2008–2009) * Tracy McGrady (2013) * Kyle Montgomery (2009–2013) * Gary Payton (2008–2009) * Scot Pollard (2009–2014) * Byron Scott
Byron Scott
(2013) * Eric Snow (2008–2010) * Jerry Stackhouse (2010–2016) * Reggie Theus
Reggie Theus
(2008–2009) * Syleys Roberts (2012-2015)

NBA TV
NBA TV
INTERNATIONAL

NBA TV
NBA TV
International is a feed of NBA TV
NBA TV
available in countries outside of the United States, utilizing the same studio for analysis and commentary segments and taped programming (except for FIBA
FIBA
events and highlights), but largely airs a different lineup of games than the U.S. channel. NBA TV
NBA TV
International shows one or two games per day, with the exception of NBA playoff (except 1st and 2nd rounds of the playoffs ) including conference finals and the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
and most nationally televised U.S. games (such as those seen on ABC, TNT, ESPN and US feed of NBA TV); the rights to those games are instead sold to domestic television networks in each territory.

As of 2010, NBA TV
NBA TV
International can be seen in 40 countries via the following partners:

* DirecTV
DirecTV
( Latin America
Latin America
) * Canalsat ( France
France
) * TV8 ( Turkey
Turkey
) * NTV Plus
NTV Plus
( Russia
Russia
) * OTE TV ( Greece
Greece
) * Cablevisión ( Argentina
Argentina
) * NOS ( Portugal
Portugal
) until 2015; MEO since February 2017 * First Media
First Media
( Indonesia
Indonesia
) * TrueVisions
TrueVisions
( Thailand
Thailand
) * Startimes ( Sub-Saharan Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa
)

NBA TV Canada , a Canadian version of the channel, carries some of the same game broadcasts as the flagship U.S. service, ESPN, and TNT instead of the secondary game package found on NBA TV
NBA TV
International.

In October 2010, NBA Premium TV was launched in the Philippines
Philippines
. It is a redirect broadcast of NBA TV
NBA TV
and airs locally televised and nationally televised games in the United States.

In February 2012, NBA TV
NBA TV
International was made available on NBA.TV as an internet subscription channel outside of the United States.

On beIN Channels Network in the Arab World
Arab World
, NBA TV
NBA TV
itself is not available. However, beIN Sports NBA is a separate channel in HD which airs several of the same games broadcast on NBA TV.

CRITICISM

NBA TV
NBA TV
has been criticized for its usage of announcers from the local broadcast holders during the playoffs , merely using an audio feed that is intended to be broadcast within the team's designated market area on a regional sports network . In 2012, the network announced it would be producing its own playoff broadcasts and would not merely simulcast a local feed.

SEE ALSO

* List of current National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
broadcasters

REFERENCES

* ^ Seidman, Robert (February 22, 2015). "List of how many homes each cable network is in as of February 2015". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved March 14, 2015. * ^ Warriors’ 72nd Win Sets Records For NBA TV, CSN Bay Area - Sports Media Watch, April 11, 2016 * ^ "Turner promotes NBA digital menu". 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2008-10-15. * ^ Yu, Roger (October 22, 2016). " AT&T
AT&T
agrees to buy Time Warner for more than $80B". USA Today. Retrieved October 22, 2016. * ^ Gryta, Thomas; Hagey, Keach; Cimmiluca, Dana (October 22, 2016). " AT&T
AT&T
Reaches Deal to Buy Time Warner
Time Warner
for $86 Billion". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 22, 2016. * ^ Kludt, Tom (15 February 2017). " Time Warner
Time Warner
shareholders vote to approve AT&T
AT&T
merger". CNNMoney. * ^ "FCC chief: AT&T- Time Warner
Time Warner
deal won\'t face agency\'s scrutiny". USA TODAY. * ^ " European Commission
European Commission
Approves AT&T
AT&T
Acquisition of Time Warner". The Hollywood Reporter. * ^ NBA TV
NBA TV
Scores Multiyear Distribution Deal With DirecTV
DirecTV
- Pact Gives Network Berth On DBS Leader\'s Choice Xtra Package Multichannel News April 16, 2009 * ^ NBA TV
NBA TV
Jumps To Broader Comcast
Comcast
Carriage - Pro Hoops Network Moves From Sports Tier To MSO\'s Digital Classic Multichannel News June 4, 2009 * ^ A B C NBA Digital Signs Deal with FiOS for NBA TV
NBA TV
and NBA League Pass TVWeek.com September 23, 2009 Cite error: Invalid tag; name "oct22" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page ). * ^ AT&T
AT&T
U-Verse Tips Off Carriage Of NBA TV
NBA TV
- League-Owned Network Available On Telco\'s U300 Package, HD Tier Multichannel News October 29, 2010 * ^ NBA.com Chinese Basketball
Basketball
Association Coverage Expands to U.S * ^ Brent Barry joins NBA TV\'s studio analyst crew * ^ Condotta, Bob. "Audio — NBA-TV legal analyst Michael McCann talks about Kings/Seattle situation". The Seattle Times
The Seattle Times
, February 20, 2013. (accessed 8 August 2013) * ^ "Turner Newsroom: NBA.com Host Kyle Montgomery". Retrieved 11 March 2011. * ^ Yoder, Matt (27 April 2011). "Gary Neal\'s Buzzer Beater And The Sounds Of Silence". Awful Announcing. Bloguin. Retrieved 2 May 2011. * ^ Yoder, Matt (23 April 2011). "Should NBATV Use Local Announcers For Playoff Games?". Awful Announcing. Bloguin. Retrieved 2 May 2011. * ^ Hiestand, Michael (2012-04-22). "Hiestand: NFL draft loses some spontaneity". USAToday.com. Retrieved 2012-04-23.

EXTERNAL LINKS

* NBA TV
NBA TV
official website * NBA TV
NBA TV
HD schedules

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