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Farragut’s Charter Media features Georgia game during FHS/BHS clash
Cable rival Comcast airs U.S. Cellular ‘How the West Was Won’ redux Thursday


Farragut High Schools’ defense of the U.S. Cellular “How the West Was Won” title against West Knox County rival Bearden High School Friday was Knoxville’s “TV game of the week” thanks to Comcast Sports Southeast.

But not in Farragut, thanks to Charter Media.

Farragut residents who tuned into Charter cable 63 found that the town’s only local cable TV provider chose to instead air a match up between North Hall High School and Gainesville High School, both teams in central Georgia, near Atlanta.


Kate Hart, Knoxville marketing coordinator for CSS, confirmed that the game did not air in Farragut. “No, actually that game aired live on Comcast cable. They pay for the production of both games. So they’re available only to Comcast subscribers,” she said. “Now Charter customers would get the CSS game of the week, which airs from either Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville or Chattanooga. So, every few weeks they get a Knoxville game. So it did not air on Friday night.”

Hart added that CSS foots the bill [for the broadcast] and does all the work, and Comcast just airs the games.

“Comcast subscribers all got the game. Comcast subscribers always get the Knoxville game. We have in the past approached Charter to maybe split the production costs for games that have local teams and they won’t do it. Unfortunately, it means you (Farragut residents) don’t get local games.”

But for all those parents who attended the game and on returning to their homes were disappointed to find two Georgia teams on their videotape, Hart said the game would be rebroadcast Thursday night.

“They just started with the West game airing the games again on Thursday night at 9 p.m.,” Hart said referring to a recent match up between Bearden and West High School.

“They air on Comcast cable 10, which is the public access channel. So, hopefully that will help some parents get a tape. But I did confirm that Charter has been approached for years to split the cost and to pick up a few games, you know we’ve had Maryville and things like that, and they’ve said, No.”

Kristi McIntyre, spokesperson for Comcast Cable in Knoxville, said concerning the FHS/BHS title bout, “We’ve gotten lots of calls. We get calls pretty much every week after the game, people wanting either to know when were going to play it back, or are wanting VHS copies of it, or just general questions about it.”

McIntyre said a lot of the parents call wanting copies. So they can see their kids. Unfortunately, she said, it’s not something they can do.

She added, “There are companies that record the live broadcast and if you just want a small clip of something, maybe your child’s class was on the news, you can call these different companies and get VHS copies. But that’s for a little 30-second or minute segment, and it can cost anywhere from $35 to $45 for that little segment on a VHS tape.

“If we were to offer that service for the entire football game that would be very expensive. And I’m sure that no one would want to purchase it.”

McIntyre reiterated, “Again, we will be rebroadcasting the game. We just got that all situated this past week. It will be rebroadcast on Comcast cable 10 here in Knoxville. Thursday night at nine o’clock”

Charter Media did not return the farragutpress telephone calls by press time.

 

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