CSTV Networks, Inc. is the first multimedia network dedicated exclusively to college sports 24 hours a day. It consists of CSTV, a digital television service seen in more than 21 million homes via cable and satellite, and CSTV.com, which includes a network of approximately 215 official college athletic websites.
CSTV was founded in 1999 by Brian Bedol and Stephen D. Greenberg, cofounders of Classic Sports Network, and Chris Bevilacqua, a former Nike executive. CSTV officially launched in April 2003 from the network's New York City based Chelsea Piers Studio, the Field House. In January 2006, CSTV was purchased by CBS Corporation and became the 24hour college sports network from CBS Sports.
CSTV annually televises thousands of hours of original programming, features, talk shows and documentaries, as well as more women's sports coverage than any other network. Its regular season and championship event programming includes coverage of NCAA Division's I, II, and 3, featuring over 35 men's and women's college sports, in addition to nine NCAA championships. The network also holds multimedia and marketing rights for the Mountain West Conference, the Atlantic 10 Conference, Conference USA, the Big West Conference, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Navy athletics.
Other CSTV properties include the Collegiate Nationals, the mtn.– Mountain West Sports Network and MaxPreps. The Collegiate Nationals is a firstofits kind event that annually showcases more collegiate championships than any where else, and brings together athletes from nearly 100 different colleges and universities across the country. MaxPreps, the nationís leading online high school sports network, was acquired by CSTV in March 2007. Created by CSTV, the mtn. is the first network solely dedicated to one college conference, featuring walltowall coverage of the Mountain West Conference. Together with Comcast, CSTV launched the mtn. in September 2006.
CSTV.COM AND ONLINE NETWORK
CSTV.com is the mosttrafficked college sports Web site, and its network of 215 official athletic sites for top colleges and universities make it the number one online source for college sports original broadband content. CSTV.com continually provides the most indepth coverage of all college sports and championships, including news, scores, analysis, blogs, podcasts, photo galleries, video and various multimedia features.
CSTV.com's online offerings include CSTV XXL and CSTV AllAccess, online subscription services that let fans around the world follow their favorite teams with live streaming broadcasts of events, press conferences, highlights and special features. CSTV XXL, which launched in September 2006, includes more than 100 broadband channels dedicated to college sports, and features access to nearly 10,000 live events. The service features games from more than 100 schools drawing from 13 different conferences.