MASN to Launch on Fibrant in Salisbury, NC

MASN, the television home of the Nationals and Orioles, has reached an affiliate agreement with Fibrant, a cable and broadband provider in Salisbury, NC, to bring Major League Baseball and MASN's 24-7 sports programming to central North Carolina. Fibrant will be the ninth cable provider to offer MASN in North Carolina and will launch the regional sports network in September. Fibrant will carry MASN on channel 79, MASN 2 on 93, MASN HD on 749 and MASN 2 HD on 750.

As a brand new system, Fibrant will be available to the 30,000 residents of Salisbury, providing a sports-friendly alternative to other cable providers. The launch of MASN brings NCAA football and basketball, Nationals and Orioles baseball, dozens of coaches shows and more local sports programming to viewers in central North Carolina. MASN is also available on the expanded basic tier throughout much of North Carolina on eight other fan-friendly cable and satellite providers including DirecTV (Channel 640), Dish Network (Channel 432), as well as Mediacom, Charter, MI Connections, Reds Cable, SkyBest and Tri County Cable.

Throughout the football and basketball seasons, MASN televises over a dozen NCAA athletic programs in the Carolinas including Wake Forest, East Carolina, Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, UNC-Asheville, Gardner Webb, NC State, UNC-Wilmington, Western Carolina, High Point, Winthrop, UNC-Charlotte and Charlestown Southern.

MASN will feature two live ECU football games this fall, including October 30 when the Pirates visit the UCF Golden Knights and the exclusive telecast of the ECU vs. Navy game on November 6. MASN is also home to the Big East Game of the Week, offering Saturday double- and triple-headers throughout the season.

The official cable network of the UNC Wilmington Seahawks basketball, MASN's extensive NCAA NC line-up includes C-USA, Big East, Big South, CAA and A-10 match-ups. MASN also televises coaches shows for ECU, NC State, and Duke.

"North Carolina is passionate about its local sports, and MASN is excited to bring more than 600 live, local sporting events to Fibrant this fall," said MASN spokesman Todd Webster. "Nightly Major League Baseball programming will be a game-changer for Fibrant and MASN looks forward to being part of the lineup."

Just this season, the Orioles Radio Network launched in Greenville, North Carolina to return the radio reach of Orioles baseball to the Tarheel State.

"Fibrant is excited to bring the national pastime to our customers in Salisbury," said Len Clark, Sales and Marketing Manager of Fibrant. "MASN's Major League Baseball and North Carolina collegiate programming is exactly the kind of compelling local sports content that our customers want to see. The Nationals have the greatest young pitcher in the game in Stephen Strasburg, and just signed the most promising hitter in years in Bryce Harper, and Fibrant is looking forward to pitching MASN to our customers."

MASN televises every available Nationals and Orioles game in crystal clear high definition with pre and post game shows before and after every game from state of the art on-location sets at Nationals Park and Oriole Park at Camden Yards. With an All-Star broadcasting team and 24/7 online coverage of the teams at MASNsports.com, MASN is the local leader in live sports entertainment. MASN is available in a seven-state region, from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Charlotte, North Carolina on more than 25 cable and fiber optic providers, as well as via satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network.