TV maker part­ners with UCLA Ath­let­ics

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS - By LIA ZHU in San Fran­cisco li­azhu@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Chi­nese elec­tron­ics gi­ant TCL Corp, the world’s third­largest TV man­u­fac­turer, has teamed up with UCLA Ath­let­ics and also has be­come the of­fi­cial TV sup­plier of the Rose Bowl in an ef­fort to grow brand aware­ness in theUnited States.

The com­pany, based in­Huizhou, in South China’s Guang­dong prov­ince, on Tues­day an­nounced a new long-term part­ner­ship with­UCLAAth­let­ics, one of the US’ most rec­og­niz­able col­le­giate ath­letic pro­grams, to­be­comeanof­fi­cial spon­sor of the Bru­ins foot­ball and bas­ket­ball teams, start­ing with the 2016-17 sea­son. Chris Lar­son,

TCLalso be­comes the of­fi­cial TV sup­plier of the Rose Bowl sta­dium in Pasadena, Cal­i­for­nia, a no­table sports venue that serves as the home field for the Bru­ins foot­ball team and the site of col­lege foot­ball’s Rose Bowl game, known as “The Grand­daddy of Them All”, which has been played an­nu­ally since 1916. The Rose Bowl also hosted the 1994WorldCup Fi­nal soc­cer match be­tween Brazil and Italy.

As part of the agree­ment, TCL 4K Roku TVs and sig­nage will be fea­tured through­out the Rose Bowl for UCLA foot­ball games. Ad­di­tion­ally, TCL will have prom­i­nent sig­nage fea­tured in the Pauley Pav­il­ion, where the Bru­ins’ bas­ket­ball team plays its home games.

“As the of­fi­cial TV part­ner of the Rose Bowl, it’s an honor to have our pre­mium tele­vi­sions fea­tured in this his­toric sta­dium known for host­ing the high­est-at­tended col­lege bowl game,” said Chris Lar­son, vice-pres­i­dent of sales and mar­ket­ing at TCL North Amer­ica.

“We of­fer fans away to watch foot­ball from any­where, from the venue to homes or tail­gates across the coun­try…” he­said.

TCL’s 4K Roku TVs pro­vide foot­ball fans with more op­tions to catch their fa­vorite teams from home with spe­cial ac­cess to sub­scrip­tion ser­vices that pro­vide out-of-mar­ket games, live and on-de­mand stream­ing through a ca­ble or satel­lite provider, as well as free chan­nels with sports high­lights and live games for those with­out ca­ble sub­scrip­tions, the com­pany said.

TCL, short for “The Cre­ative Life”, un­veiled its 4K Ul­tra HD TVs pow­ered by Roku at Jan­uary’s Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show in Las Ve­gas and launched the new TV line, in­clud­ing six models in 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch screen sizes, in the US mar­ket in­March.

We of­fer fans a way to watch foot­ball from any­where, from the venue to homes or tail­gates across the coun­try.”

vice-pres­i­dent of sales and mar­ket­ing at TCL North Amer­ica

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