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CBS's CSTV Launches Broadband Sports Channels

An online service launching today will stream live college sporting events, including football, from across the country.

CBS Corp.'s CSTV Networks is running the service, which will offer Notre Dame sports for free while other schools - most are Division I - will charge $4.95-9.95 a month each for an "All-Access" broadband channel, reports the Associated Press. Included are live audio and video feeds of some games, news conferences, highlights and play-by-play animation. The service requires Windows 2000 or XP computers and Internet Explorer 6.

CSTV and the schools will share revenues from subscriptions, advertising, merchandise and other sales. CSTV XXL - the full package of more than 100 schools - is available for $14.95 a month or $99.95 a year.

Because of existing television contracts, however, live video of football and basketball games will initially be limited, though video highlights will be generally available, as will audio.

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