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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

About FSN Ohio's Deal with DirecTV

Several of you have asked what's up with Fox Sports Net Ohio Reds games in HDTV and DirecTV, since I had written a while ago that FSNO had a deal with DirecTV for Reds games in HD.

So here's the e-mail clarification I just got from Steve Liverani, FSNO vice president and general manager:

"DTV has the option to pick up the Reds games in HD, but due to bandwidth constraints on their end, they can only select a limited number of games from around the leagues (4-6 per day). DTV reviews the overall FSN baseball schedule on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, and makes their selections accordingly."

Translation? FSNO does have a deal with DirecTV, but not a iron-clad contract to carry HDTV every game?

As for getting FSNO's Reds HD games on Time Warner, he says: "Negotiations are ongoing. That is all there is to report at this time."

That's the latest.


at 4/11/2007 7:57 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

the bandwidth argument is crap.. now that some of the mpeg4 birds are operational and they have the ability to spotbeam - they should be able to show the games in hd for those with mpeg4 hardware - at the end of the day I think it's all about the benjamin's!!

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