Upcoming UConn vs. Rutgers Women’s Basketball Game Not Available Online on Hoop Streams, only on CPTV

Release Date: 01/24/2011

-- Streaming Rights Not Made Available --

Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) has announced that the UConn women’s basketball game against Rutgers on Wednesday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m. will not be available on its online streaming service, Hoop Streams. The game will only air as a television broadcast on CPTV.
 
Since the game is being played in Piscataway, New Jersey, Rutgers as the home team controls the TV and streaming rights for their women’s basketball games which are available for local production. While CPTV was granted permission to broadcast the game, the company which holds the rights to this game has decided not to permit CPTV to stream the game on its Hoop Streams service. Representatives from the statewide public television network fervently appealed the decision, but to no avail.
 
“We are very disappointed by this turn of events,” commented Harriet Unger, Executive Producer of UConn Women’s Basketball for CPTV. “It has always been CPTV’s goal to broadcast and stream every UConn women’s basketball game that is made available to us. Unfortunately, this is a game to which we have not been given full access.”
 
Hoop Streams is CPTV’s live and on-demand source for CPTV-produced UConn games, The Geno Auriemma Show, and archived games. During the 2010-2011 basketball season, Hoop Streams has more subscribers than in any time in its history.  
 
New York Life is the Presenting Sponsor for Hoop Streams.
 
CPTV is the TV broadcast home of UConn Women’s Basketball and has been broadcasting the team’s games since 1994. With some of the consistently highest ratings and strongest membership levels of any program on public television over the past 15 years, UConn Women’s Basketball on CPTV is considered to be one of the most successful local franchises in public television history.
 
About Connecticut Public Television
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women’s Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television.The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York
and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live hosted by John Dankosky. CPBN also serves its audience with two broadcast and cable channels: CPTV4U, a channel featuring drama, performance, international news, independent film and more; and CTSN, a 24/7 broadcast service offering Connecticut high school and college sports coverage. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cptv.org.
 
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