Contact: Gene Regan, Suddenlink, 314-315-9644
Contact: Amy Phillips, ESPN, 212-456-0226

Suddenlink Offers ESPN360.com Free to Internet Customers

Thousands of Sports Events Available Online 24/7

BRISTOL, Conn., and ST. LOUIS (Aug. 17, 2009) - Suddenlink and ESPN today announced an agreement giving Suddenlink's high-speed Internet customers free access to ESPN360.com - ESPN's 24/7 broadband sports network that offers more than 3,500 live, global sports events annually.

ESPN360.com features live online sports coverage from a broad array of global events including, but not limited to:
  • Basketball:  NBA, WNBA, Euroleague, FIBA, NCAA (Men's and Women's)
  • Football:  NCAA College Football, AFL
  • Global Soccer:  FIFA World Cup events and global qualifiers, Confederations Cup, Football League (UK), Carling Cup (UK), La Liga (Spain), Italian Serie A, Portuguese Liga Sagres, MLS, US National team, international "friendlies" and more
  • Global Baseball:  MLB, World Baseball Classic, College World Series, Little League World Series;
  • Tennis:  multi-court coverage of all four "grand slam" events and select other tennis events;
  • Golf:  extensive coverage of the US Open, The Masters, The Open Championship and more;
  • Lacrosse:  Major League Lacrosse, NCAA College Lacrosse;
  • Misc. Sports:  X Games and Winter X Games, NCAA Hockey and Softball, Open-wheel Racing, Professional Racquetball, International Polo and more.
Through a sleek, simple video player accessible via ESPN360.com, the service gives consumers control over their broadband sports viewing experience - providing reliable, high-quality video and the ability to pause, rewind and fast-forward live events. With the ability to deliver up to 15 simultaneous live events, fans are able to toggle between events in a main viewing window, and with a single click, jump to another event. Video can be viewed in widescreen (16:9) and normal (4:3) views and can be expanded to full screen or reduced to a compact size. Recently completed events are archived and available for on-demand replay. A download speed of 450 kilobits per second (Kbps) or greater is required to fully enjoy ESPN360.com features and content.

Suddenlink Internet customers can access ESPN360.com for no charge from any computer connected to Suddenlink Internet service. They can also access ESPN360.com from the Suddenlink.net home page.

If Suddenlink Internet customers wish to access ESPN360.com when they are away from home or out of town, they must complete an initial, no-charge registration at ESPN360.com and do so while they're on a computer connected to Suddenlink Internet service. After that initial registration at ESPN360.com, from a computer connected to Suddenlink service, customers will have a validated username and password they can use to access ESPN360.com anywhere at any time, from any computer, for no charge.

Suddenlink Communications (www.suddenlink.com) is among the 10 largest cable broadband companies in the United States, supporting the information, communication and entertainment demands of approximately 1.3 million residential customers and thousands of commercial customers in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia, and elsewhere. Suddenlink simplifies its customers' lives through one call for support, one connection, and one bill for TV, Internet, phone, and other services.

ESPN, Inc. (www.espn.com) is the world's leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring a portfolio of over 50 multimedia sports assets. The company is comprised of six domestic television networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPNU), ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS and ESPNU HD simulcast services, ESPN Regional Television, ESPN International (45 networks, syndication, radio, web sites), ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Enterprises, ESPN PPV, ESPN Zones (sports-themed restaurants), and other growing new businesses including ESPN360.com (Broadband), ESPN Mobile Properties, ESPN on Demand and ESPN Interactive. Based in Bristol, Ct., ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN.