Pentagon Channel says it’s reaching some 1mln service people on 165 bases stateside as it approaches its 1st full year May 14. Growth plans include launches at more bases, guard and reserve armories. — Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R-NY) proclaimed today "Si TV Day" in the Apple. Time Warner CEO Dick Parsons and Si TV chmn/co-founder Jeff Valdez receive the proclamation at the net’s upfront tonight. — NFL Net premieres a 2-hr special unveiling the ’05 NFL schedule today, 2pm ET. — ESPN2 inked an exclusive deal for live coverage of the MISL finals. Game 1 is May, 9pm. — For the 3rd straight year, HDNet presents live coverage of the Little 500 bicycle races Fri and Sat. — Bravo rolls out "The Million Dollar Recipe," the 1st original in its feature-length doc strand, May 2, 8pm; it follows contestants at the Pillsbury Bake-off. — Gospel Music Channel bows "Gospel Music Channel Sessions" June 5, 8pm and "American Idol"-like talent search "Gospel Dream 2005," Sept 15, with Ford as lead sponsor. — YES Net showed mercy Mon by not subjecting Yankees fans to the painful spectacle of the Red Sox receiving their World Series rings, keeping a camera pinned on reporter Kimberly Jones as she described the ceremony.

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The FCC Media Bureau is seeking comment on NAB’s petition regarding the treatment of multicast streams under the NexGen TV local simulcasting rules.

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