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Tennis Channel is an American sports-oriented digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by The Tennis Channel, Inc., a consortium of investors that includes sports marketing firm IMG, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. It is devoted to events and other programming related to the game of tennis, along with other racquet sports such as badminton and racquetball. Launched on May 15, 2003, the channel is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and produces its programming out of an HD-capable broadcast center in the Los Angeles suburb of Culver City. Ken Solomon serves as the network's chief executive officer.
==Background and programming==
The network broadcasts live tournaments, news, one-on-one interviews, game analysis and skills instruction. Tennis Channel provides extensive coverage of the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Hopman Cup as well as other tournaments throughout the year. Tennis Channel obtained the U.S. broadcast rights to the French Open; it broadcast the tennis tournament for the first time in 2007.
Tennis Channel is available across the United States from most cable providers and on satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network. In April 2007, Tennis Channel reached an agreement with DirecTV to carry the channel, which included a deal to carry a free preview of the 2007 French Open to the provider's subscribers. Tennis Channel was formally added to DirecTV on channel 217 on August 27, 2007. In December 2007, the network launched Tennis Channel HD, a high definition simulcast feed that broadcasts in the 1080i resolution format. The standard definition feed of the channel is broadcast domestically on C band via the Galaxy 23 satellite, while the HD feed is broadcast on the Galaxy 13 satellite. In September 2009, Tennis Channel launched daily news segments titled ''Court Report''.
Tennis Channel scored a significant coup in August 2006, when it was announced that it had procured the U.S. cable television rights for the French Open beginning in 2007.〔(THE TENNIS CHANNEL ACQUIRES FIRST GRAND SLAM TELECAST RIGHTS THROUGH FRENCH TENNIS FEDERATION AGREEMENT ) Press Release August 24, 2006〕 In January 2007, Tennis Channel gained rights to televise the Australian Open.〔(ESPN & THE TENNIS CHANNEL ANNOUNCE MULTI-YEAR, MULTIMEDIA ALLIANCE FOR GRAND SLAMS ) Press Release January 30, 2007〕 Tennis Channel also gained broadcast rights for the US Open, with cable coverage of each event being shared with ESPN2.
Tennis Channel won the French Open cable rights in 2006 by bidding over twice what ESPN had offered, after negotiations between ESPN and the French Tennis Federation had dragged on for nine months and the parties had been only $250,000 apart over an $18 million deal. Tennis Channel then was able to turn around and sublease to ESPN half of the French Open cable rights, for more than what ESPN had been willing to pay the French Tennis Federation for all the rights. ()
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