VERSUS (and Razor!) Move on to The Conference Final

NEW YORK, N.Y. (May 15, 2010)-VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, continues its coverage of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs when the Conference Finals begin on Sunday, May 16.  VERSUS begins it exclusive third-round coverage with Game 1 in the Eastern Conference Final between the Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. ET.  The network’s coverage continues on Tuesday, May 18, with a double header featuring Game 2 in the Flyers/Canadiens series at 7 p.m. ET followed by the second game in the Blackhawks/Sharks series at 10 p.m. ET.

VERSUS’ coverage of the Conference Finals is exclusive and not subject to any local blackouts.  Joe Beninati, Daryl Reaugh and Bob Harwood will serve as the in-arena announce team for the Eastern Conference Final games and Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Charissa Thompson call the action for all the Western Conference Final games.

During each NHL season, VERSUS always seeks to institute new production enhancements to provide an even better viewing experience for fans.  At the start of this year’s Playoffs, VERSUS debuted Liberovision technology-a cutting-edge analysis tool that creates unique perspectives and the ability to rotate the image 360 degrees to get a better view of how the play developed.   To further enhance the viewer experience in the third round, VERSUS will add extra HD cameras in the arenas to provide additional viewing angles and will also unveil a hi-motion super slow motion camera to allow for greater in-game analysis.  VERSUS’ third-round coverage will also feature in-depth player profiles so that viewers can learn more about the on- and off-ice personalities of the Conference Final competitors.

VERSUS.com is the online destination for extensive information about the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Throughout the remainder of the postseason, fans will continue to have access to editorial coverage from some of the most knowledgeable hockey sources; exclusive videos and interviews as well as daily highlights from all of VERSUS’ games; polls and quizzes; an interactive community section where fans can post videos and photos and join or start message boards; AccuScore game projections; and live gamecasts and scoreboards for every game.  The network’s recently launched hockey application on the iPhone, Android and Blackberry Storm is the ideal way for viewers to access up-to-date statistical information, expert editorial analysis and videos on the go for the Playoffs.

VERSUS’ Conference Final schedule follows (All times ET, subject to change):

DATE                                       TIME                            GAMES                                                            CONFERENCE

Sunday, May 16                         7 p.m.                           Montreal at Philadelphia, Game 1                        Eastern

Tuesday, May 18                       7 p.m.                           Montreal at Philadelphia, Game 2                         Eastern

10 p.m.                         Chicago at San Jose, Game 2                              Western

Thursday, May 20                      7 p.m.                           Philadelphia at Montreal, Game 3                        Eastern

Friday, May 21                           8 p.m.                           San Jose at Chicago, Game 3                              Western

Monday, May 24                        7 p.m.                           Montreal at Philadelphia, Game 5*                       Eastern

Tuesday, May 25                       9 p.m.                           Chicago at San Jose, Game 5*                             Western

Wednesday, May 26                   7 p.m.                           Philadelphia at Montreal, Game 6*                       Eastern

Thursday, May 27                      8 p.m.                           San Jose at Chicago, Game 6*                             Western

Friday, May 28                           7 p.m.                           Montreal at Philadelphia, Game 7*                       Eastern

Saturday, May 29                       8 p.m.                           Chicago at San Jose, Game 7*                             Western

Games with (*) are if necessary as best of seven series may be over

VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, prides itself on super-serving passionate sports fans across all platforms (VERSUS.com, VERSUS on Demand and VERSUS HD).  Now in more than 75 million homes, the network is the cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), IZOD IndyCar Series, Tour de France, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and Professional Bull Riders (PBR).  VERSUS also airs NASCAR, NBA, UFC, college football and college basketball programming.  The network is home to the best outdoor programming on television and airs original programs not available anywhere else, including The Daily Line, Sports Soup and Sports Jobs with Junior Seau.  VERSUS, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

CBC Tabs Cole to Call Canadiens-Flyers Among Highlights of 3rd Round Coverage

The Montreal Canadiens carry the hopes and dreams of La Belle Provence and a nation as they remain in the hunt for hockey’s Holy Grail, and CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA is ready to cover all of the action with Round Three of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs –the last stop on the road to the Stanley Cup Final.

Starting on Sunday, May 16 CBC will have all the action from the Philadelphia (#7)/Montreal (#8) Eastern Conference Final series, along with Game Four, and if necessary, Five, Six and Seven from the San Jose (#1) vs. Chicago (#2) Western Conference Final series, beginning Sunday May 23.

The Eastern Conference Final gets underway on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA on Sunday, May 16, with Hockey Tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by Philadelphia facing off against red hot goaltender Jaroslav Halak and the Montreal Canadiens. Play-by-play man Bob Cole and analyst Garry Galley will call the series with Glenn Healy between the benches and Elliotte Friedman reporting from rinkside. Jim Hughson will call the Western Conference Final best-of-seven series between San Jose and Chicago, alongside analyst Craig Simpson, while Scott Oake and Kelly Hrudey report from ice level.

Each night during Round Three of the Philadelphia/Montreal series, Ron MacLean hosts CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA coverage of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs on location with legendary Don Cherry, with insight and analysis from P.J. Stock throughout both Conference Final series.

CBC’s exclusive Punjabi broadcasts continue in Round Three, featuring the Eastern Conference Final series, live and on demand at CBCSports.ca. The Punjabi broadcasts will be available free to Bell TV subscribers on channel 249; selected games for Rogers Digital Cable subscribers in Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador on channel 385, to Shaw Digital Cable subscribers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba on channel 333 and to Shaw Direct subscribers on channel 478. Viewers should contact their local service provider for more details. Parminder Singh, voice of CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA regular season Punjabi broadcasts will handle play-by-play duties while Harnarayan Singh, will provide analysis.

CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA continues to go live and interactive throughout the Playoffs on CBCSports.ca/stanleycup. In addition to each broadcast available online live and on-demand, each day at 1 p.m. ET throughout the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs Hockey Night in Canada Online keeps fans in the game with the latest news, scores, stats, and highlights. Plus, throughout Round Three and the Stanley Cup Final, CBCSports.ca/stanleycup will present an exclusive online post-game show following each broadcast, presenting highlights each night, exclusive interviews, and much more.

CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA: 2010 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

ROUND THREE – CONFERENCE FINALS BROADCAST SCHEDULE

All series best of seven. All games full network. Schedule subject to change.

PHILADELPHIA (#7) VS. MONTREAL (#8)

G1 – Montreal @ Philadelphia. Sun, May 16 @ 6:30 p.m. ET starting with Hockey Tonight

G2 – Montreal @ Philadelphia, Tues, May 18 @ 7 p.m. ET

G3 – Philadelphia @ Montreal, Thurs, May 20 @ 6:30 p.m. ET starting with Hockey Tonight

G4 – Philadelphia @ Montreal, Sat, May 22 @ 3 p.m. ET

G5** – Montreal @ Philadelphia, Mon, May 24 @ 7 p.m. ET

G6** – Philadelphia @ Montreal, Wed, May 26 @ 7 p.m. ET

G7** – Montreal @ Philadelphia, Fri, May 28 @ 6:30 p.m. ET starting with Hockey Tonight

SAN JOSE (#1) VS. CHICAGO (#2)

G4 – San Jose @ Chicago, Sun, May 23 @ 3 p.m. ET

G5** – Chicago @ San Jose, Tues, May 25 @ 9 p.m. ET

G6** – San Jose @ Chicago, Thurs, May 27 @ 8 p.m. ET

G7** – Chicago @ San Jose, Sat, May 29 @ 7:30 p.m. ET starting with Hockey Tonight