|Turner Sports and TNT Partner with INHD for HDTV Telecasts of the NBA All-Star Game and NBA All-Star Saturday Night|
Former NBA sharpshooter Rex Chapman will join NBA Hall of Fame announcer Dick Stockton and veteran TNT analyst John Thompson to call Turner Network Television's (TNT) High Definition Television (HDTV) coverage of the 2004 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. ET and NBA All-Star Saturday on Saturday, Feb. 14, beginning at 8 p.m. The lineup was announced today by Turner Sports Senior Vice President/Coordinating Producer Jeff Behnke. This is the second-consecutive year TNT will air the NBA All-Star Game and NBA All-Star Saturday night festivities in HDTV, and second official offering of HDTV programming from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.) The NBA All-Star Game and NBA All-Star Saturday night festivities will be available on local cable systems through a partnership with INHD.
"We're excited to once again offer fans NBA All-Star action in HDTV," said Behnke. "Adding Rex to our already superb announcer team of Dick and John, provides a unique player perspective to the telecast and enhances the HD viewing experience."
During his 12 seasons in the NBA, Chapman was one of the most dangerous long-range shooters in the league, setting franchise records for the Charlotte Hornets and Phoenix Suns for most three-pointers in a game. He entered the 1988 NBA Draft and was the first-ever collegiate draft choice of the expansion Charlotte Hornets as the eighth pick overall. He then played for the Washington Bullets from 1992-95, followed by a trade to the Miami Heat for the 1995-96 season. He finished his NBA career with the Phoenix Suns from 1996-2000. In addition, Chapman finished third in the Slam-Dunk Championship at the 1991 NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte.
"This is a great opportunity for me, and I'm looking forward to capturing and relaying the excitement surrounding NBA All-Star 2004 to the fans at home," said Chapman.
The HD telecasts of the NBA All-Star Game and NBA All-Star Saturday will be available on INHD, the 24/7 all-HD television network, available on Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Comcast, Cox Communications and Cablevision.
"We are pleased that INHD will be carrying this game, and to be working with Turner Sports and TNT to provide our affiliates with the best in sports coverage," said Rob Jacobson, COO, iN DEMAND Networks, parent company of INHD.
INHD features a diversified lineup of HD content through partnerships with Paramount Pictures, Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association (NBA), College Sports Television (CSTV), Hallmark Entertainment and the Tennis Channel. Additionally, the INHD2 channel enables local cable operators to pre-empt scheduled programming to showcase local professional sporting events of interest to their subscribers.
INHD is the new 24/7 all-HD television network that features commercial-free movies, professional and college sports and general interest programming that maximizes the HD television experience. INHD is owned and operated by iN DEMAND Networks. Further information about INHD can be found on the Internet at www.inhd.com.
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