NORTH BAY VILLAGE, Fla., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- After only one year on the air, GolTV has scored big in the sports channel arena signing deals with 5 national cable operators and satellite providers with nationwide coverage (DISH Network, Comcast, Adelphia, Cablevision and the National Cable Television Cooperative) across the country and expanding its reach and coverage capabilities. This, and its top-rate quality programming, has drawn in 5.1 million viewers. What's more, that number is expected to grow to 8 million by the end of 2004.
Still, this cable network has more than one reason to celebrate. The company's fast-paced success and growing subscriber base has caught the eye of some important national advertisers, another essential key to their continued success. Yet, although GolTV definitely scored an initial GOAL in its first year, it now looks to the future by introducing a new stellar lineup of programs.
"We feel that this is just the beginning. GOLTV is now ready to take things to the next level with some fantastic new shows. This is sure to excite our existing viewers as well as bring new ones to the fold," said Enzo Francescoli, Vice President and Executive Director of GolTV. "What is more, as this sport continues to grow in popularity, we expect to go on adding quality shows that will allow our viewers to follow their favorite leagues, hear from the world's top players, and catch soccer's greatest moments both past and present".
The programming lineup includes:
FIFA 100 Year Anniversary: This program commemorates FIFA's centennial celebration. Entitled "The Beautiful Century" the show includes first broadcast unedited footage and interviews with some of the world's most famous and respected soccer players such as: Pele, Mexico's Hugo Sanchez, and Zidane Bechhman among others. In addition, the show will afford viewers a chance to relive some of the most thrilling matches and moments in soccer history.
Euro Fever: Is a really exhilarating prelude to Euro 2004 (Eurocup) in Portugal. It brings the excitement of the qualifying matches into viewers' living rooms. The show also features Bobby Robson's expert analysis of essential matches and team qualifications. The program provides an in-depth look at all the participating teams as well as interviews with stars from each one.
Football, Fussball, Voetbal: Soccer knows no borders or language barriers. No matter if it is played on an English, German or Swedish soccer field, European soccer fanatics are sure to see only the best of the best moments of European soccer play thanks to "Football, Fussball, Voetbal". European soccer's most poignant moments -- past, present and future -- available at the touch of your remote control.
Golden Boots: Brings soccer legend Gary Lineker to GolTV where he interviews soccer greats like Michel Platini. His interviews will focus on the drama and excitement of the matches that make up the World Cup, while also looking at the significance that this sport holds to each player's country. Lineker has been the only Englishman to achieve the distinction of highest goal scorer with his six goals in Mexico in 1986. He also served as a BBC anchor during some of the most prominent world tournaments.
Magia Blanca: Brings the viewer face to face with what is arguably known as the best football club in the world, "Real Madrid". Viewers will get to experience real-life action from some of the league's top players like Roberto Carlos, Borja Fernandez, Zinedin Zidane, and Santiago Solari.
American Soccer: There is no doubt that soccer is rapidly becoming a mass audience sport in the U.S. and its followers deserve a chance to be in the know. Recognizing this, GolTV is preparing to launch two programs about the US national team and its preparation for the qualifying matches that could take them to the World Cup in Germany in 2006. The programs, with interviews, and expert commentary, will be conducted by Phil Schoen and Keyvan Heydari and air in English with SAP capabilities for Spanish listeners.
GolTV in Paris
In addition, to commemorate its one-year anniversary, GolTV will be holding an exciting contest. Starting on March 26, participants will be able to enter and win a trip to Paris to witness firsthand the exhilaration of the France vs. Brazil match (contest registration closes on April 26, 2004). This exciting prize package includes airfare, 3 days/2 night hotel, ground transportation and $500 in spending money -- "Ou La La!!!!". In addition, 10 second-place winners will be awarded the "Winning Eleven 7 prize-pack", which includes the PS2 Winning Eleven 7 game, official jersey and GolTV merchandise. To enter participants can registering online by visiting http://www.goltv.tv/ or by calling 1-866-64-GOLTV. "Bon Chance"!!!!!
GolTV is the first and only television channel broadcasting 100% soccer in the US. Created and developed by Uruguayan company Tenfield, GolTV was founded in 2002 and started operations in February 2003. GolTV brings the best games from many Latin American countries as well as complete coverage of soccer from around the world such as the excitement of live international matches from Italy and Spain, daily newscasts, interviews and the most complete goal show on TV. For more information please visit at http://www.goltv.tv/ GolTV
CONTACT: Nacarid Useche, +1-305-532-7950, ext 26, or Angela D'Costa,+1-305-532-7950, ext 24, both of GolTV
Web site: http://www.goltv.tv/
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