Oceanic Cable and University of Hawaii extend partnership

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Oceanic Time Warner Cable and the University of Hawaii Friday announced that they have extended their partnership.

As part of the extension, Oceanic will continue to offer live University of Hawaii games through its pay-per-view package.

Hawaii News Now and KFVE had planned to offer a competitive bid to the University of Hawaii that would have brought UH sports back to free television.

Rick Blangiardi, General Manager of Hawaii News Now released the following statement:

"We are extremely disappointed and saddened to hear this news as Hawaii News Now and KFVE would have been proud and honored to have submitted an alternative proposal for the University of Hawaii to consider. With the greatest combined household reach in Hawaii, we believe we could have provided a meaningful alternative to Oceanic Cable, which unfortunately only reaches paid subscribers, as opposed to the entire state. We were prepared to make the University of Hawaii an unprecedented bid for the broadcast rights, and were looking forward to the elimination of the pay-per-view concept and providing all of UH sports, including both home and away games, free of additional charges to the people of Hawaii."

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