WatchDog has learned ESPNU will be available on Cablevision for the first time later this week, most likely on iO Channel 144 as well as an HD channel.

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Cablevision (which owns Newsday) said it has nothing to announce at this time, but two people familiar with the situation said the channel is on its way - just in time for the NCAA men's hockey tournament!

The addition of ESPNU presumably is part of the carriage agreement between Cablevision and Disney / ABC that returned Ch. 7 to Cablevision homes after it disappeared for most of the day March 7.