DIRECTV Sports Networks Renews Partnership With HTN Communications
HTN Communications LLC (HTN) announced that DIRECTV Sports Networks, parent company of ROOT SPORTS, has renewed its contract with HTN to provide A/V backhaul services for ROOT SPORTS’ away broadcasts of all Pittsburgh Penguins hockey games, as well as Pittsburgh Pirates, Colorado Rockies, and Seattle Mariners baseball games. In addition, HTN will now provide full-time connectivity between ROOT SPORTS’ regional studios in Pittsburgh, Denver, and Bellevue, WA, and its master control location, managed by Encompass in Atlanta, to facilitate studio shows as well as pre- and postgame broadcasts.
“Our vision is to be the strongest regional sports network brand in America and provide a unique and special experience for local fans, sponsors, teams, and media partners. HTN provides the highest levels of reliability and quality in fiber backhaul and regional connectivity services, which helps us deliver on that promise,” said DIRECTV Sports Networks Vice President of Content Bill Roberts.
“We’re pleased to continue our partnership with ROOT SPORTS and look forward to continuing in our role as transmission provider for this leader in the world of regional sports broadcasting,” said Christian Kneuer, senior director of operations and client relations at HTN.