Comcast SportsNet New England (CSN New England for short) is a regional cable sports network that operates in Massachusetts, eastern and central Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. CSN New England began in 1981 as PRISM New England as the cable home for the Hartford Whalers, Boston Celtics, Boston Breakers, and various college teams. It was co-owned with the original PRISM network in Philadelphia by Spectacor. In 1983, the network was sold to Cablevision and it was rebranded as SportsChannel New England. As with the other SportsChannel networks, it joined Fox Sports Net and was rebranded as Fox Sports New England on January 28, 1998 (later FSN New England). In later years, it carried selected New York Mets games to parts of Connecticut not served by MSG or FSN New York (now MSG Plus), which then produced the games.
In 2007, Cablevision sold its remaining share of the network to Comcast and on October 1, 2007 the network was rebranded as CSN New England.
CSN New England, along with the other Comcast SportsNet branded networks, will be revamped with a new network logo and graphics package (similar to CSN Bay Area) sometime in August 2008.