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Already, Spike, CMT and Pop, the former TV Guide channel, have been moved to digital tiers, the companies told The Post. It also means the affected networks will have a less broad reach.Comcast said the moves are aimed at keeping down costs for its customers, but at least one company — Spike- and CMT-owner Viacom — is irked by the move.Comcast is getting ready for a world without set-top boxes: The cable giant has struck deals with Roku and Samsung to bring its Xfinity TV service to the company’s devices.Comcast customers will be able to stream Xfinity TV programming to select Roku streaming devices, Roku TVs and 2016 Samsung smart TVs later this year, the company announced Wednesday.Comcast customers will be able to use these devices to access live and on-demand programming as well as their cloud DVR recordings.The service will only work in the home so consumers wouldn’t be able to authenticate their Roku device and then stream their programming in a second household.
Channel shifting is common practice in cable-land — but has become a more tense affair as distributors like Comcast move networks to digital tiers to shrink the lineup, and cost, of basic cable. Disney remains embroiled in a legal battle with Verizon Fios after the pay TV company shifted ESPN out of its basic package last April.
On October 1, 2014, ESPN Classic began a gradual transition into a video on demand-only service, with Dish Network becoming the first to discontinue carriage of the linear channel and carry it as a VOD service on that date.
Other providers will follow suit on an unknown timetable.
CSN was founded by Brian Bedol and Steve Greenberg (son of Hank Greenberg), both of whom went on to launch College Sports Television (now CBS Sports Network)), with partial funding from Allen & Company. purchased Classic Sports Network for 5 million and relaunched it as ESPN Classic the following year.
Throughout its history, dating back to its existence as Classic Sports Network, the channel's logo has incorporated a stylized silhouette intending to resemble a boxer.