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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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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Only One Bengals Preseason Game in HDTV

I've seen your questions on this blog about Bengals games in high-def, so here's the good news/bad news:

Only one preseason Bengals game will be in HDTV, thanks to ESPN's Monday night telecast from Atlanta on Aug. 27. It will be simulcast in HDTV by Channel 12.

None of three local game broadcasts – produced by the team, not Channel 12 – will be in HDTV, starting with the preseason opener Thursday (7:30 p.m., Channels 12, 22).

Now for the good news: All of the 16 regular season games probably will be in HDTV. CBS, which airs AFC games, will do almost all ("five or six games per week") in HDTV, says a CBS Sports spokesman. Fox will do all NFL games in HDTV, including the Bengals home games with the Arizona Cardinals (Nov. 18) and St. Louis Rams (Dec. 9).

More good news: All 20 Bengals games – four exhibition and 16 regular season --will air live here, because all home games sold out, says Vince Cicero, corporate sales and marketing director.

If you want to watch on tape-delay, like the old days, three preseason games (not the ESPN game) will repeat twice Fox Sports Net Ohio. The Detroit game replays on FSNO at midnight after the game, and at 4 p.m. Sunday (after the Reds-Padres game).

Cicero says it's too costly for the club to produce preseason games in HDTV. "We’ll re-evaluate it for 2008. The costs are coming down each year, because more equipment and trucks are becoming available," says Vince Cicero, corporate sales and marketing director.

If CBS can't do the entire regular season in HDTV, why should we be surprised that the Bengals aren’t doing exhibition games in HDTV?

Let me anticipate your other questions: Still no word on Time Warner Cable picking up the NFL Network or Big Ten Network. But Time Warner says ESPNU will be added this month, but no word yet on date or channel position.


at 8/08/2007 1:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Considering the millions upon millions CBS has spent the last 10 years for HD, I think Mike Brown's fat pockets could afford to pay for preseason games in HD. CBS upgraded its sports studio just last fall to HD and were slowly going to expand HD coverage, however, due to fan outcry with their broadcasts vs. FOX, they are doing more games a week.

at 8/08/2007 2:03 PM Anonymous Chris said...

ESPNU will be on channel 110. ESPN2HD will be on 976. It's listed under the "Channel Lineup Change Notifications" portion of the TWC site.

at 8/08/2007 2:28 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...


at 8/08/2007 11:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happens to Big Brother on Thursday night with WKRC showing the Bengal's preseason game live? Will it be on in the middle of the night or something?

at 8/09/2007 9:44 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Look for "Big Brother" at 10:30 p.m. tonight on Ch. 12. With the football game starting at 7:30, Ch 12 plans to air it after the game, according to the station website. News will air at 11:30.
The "CSI" rerun is scheduled for 2:30 a.m. (actually 2:35 am?), followed by "Without A Trace" at 3:30 a.m. (3:35?).

at 8/09/2007 9:46 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time Warner Cable’s agreements with programmers to carry their services routinely expire from time to time. We are usually able to obtain renewals or extensions of such agreements, and carriage of programming services is discontinued only in rare circumstances. The following agreements with programmers are due to expire soon, and we may be required to cease carriage of one or more of these services in the near future:

CinCW, DIY on Demand; Fine Living on Demand, Food Network on Demand, GAC on Demand, HGTV, HGTV on Demand, Encore MoviePlex, Showtime West, Showtime Showcase West, Showtime Extreme West, Showtime Beyond West, TMC West, TMC Xtra West, Flix West, Starz West, Starz Cinema West, Encore West, Encore Love West, Encore Westerns West, Encore Mystery West, Encore Drama West, Encore Action West.

In addition, from time to time we make certain changes in the services that we offer in order to better serve our customers. The following changes are planned:

Adds to Cincinnati area: ESPNU to channel 110, ESPN2HD to channel 976, WSTR HD to channel 964. Moves to Cincinnati area programming: AZN moves to channel 159. Adds in former Adelphia areas: ESPNU to channel 125, ESPN2HD to channel 976, WSTR HD to channel 964. In both areas, reposition to standard HD tier: ESPN HD, TNT HD, Discovery HD. In Oxford and surrounding areas: Adds: ESPNU to channel 114, ESPN2HD to channel 764, TV Guide Channel to channel 18. C-Span 2 to channel 22. Changes: Oxford city access moves to channel 19, Talawanda Schools access moves to channel 24, C-Span moves to channel 10, WGN moves to channel 17, TBS moves to channel 182, QVC moves to channel 9, A & E moves to channel 34, ABC Family moves to channel 13, Spike TV moves to channel 59, Leased Access moves to channel 11, EWTN moves to channel 24, USA moves to channel 33, MTV moves to channel 60, Discovery Channel moves to channel 50, Weather Channel moves to channel 56, Lifetime moves to channel 35, CNN moves to channel 70, ESPN moves to channel 26, ESPN 2 moves to channel 27, ESPN Classic moves to digital channel 113, Comedy Central moves to channel 38, E!TV moves to channel 39, Court TV moves to channel 66, TLC moves to channel 49, History Channel moves to channel 52, Cartoon moves to channel 45, Fox Sports Net Ohio moves to channel 29, Headline News moves to channel 71, HGTV moves to channel 53, Sci-Fi moves to channel 36, TCM moves to channel 64, AMC moves to channel 37, Travel Channel moves to channel 55, BET moves to channel 65, VH1 moves to channel 62, MSNBC moves to channel 69, CNBC moves to channel 72, National Geographic moves to channel 67, Golf Channel moves to channel 30, CMT moves to channel 58, Food Network moves to channel 54, TV Land moves to channel 41, Animal Planet moves to channel 51, Nickelodeon moves to channel 42, Disney moves to channel 43, Hallmark Channel moves to digital channel 172, TNT moves to channel 31, Fuse moves to channel 78, Shop NBC moves to channel 25, Style moves to channel 44, Oxygen moves to channel 76, WE moves to channel 48, FX moves to channel 40, Versus moves to channel 57, FOX News moves to channel 68.

at 8/09/2007 11:15 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa there JK . . Bengals v Colts on Aug 31 is in HD on NFL Network. Will Ch. 12 pick up the HD feed? Will it be blacked out my dish? All I know is I will get the Big Ten Network and NFL Network, both in HD on my dish. More than I can say for cable. Oh - and for a media company, TW has the worst commercials I have ever seen.

at 8/09/2007 12:00 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

FYI, the long Time Warner post by Anon 9:46 am is from the link I posted on "ESPN, ESPNU Arriving Aug. 29."
I can't image that TWC would drop all those Scripps channels, with Scripps based here. I expect they'll cut a new deal to keep them.

at 8/09/2007 8:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

did not mean to post the stuff about the channel stuff about scripps just wanted to post channel changes big sorry about that

at 8/09/2007 10:40 PM Blogger TreborRV said...

Yes, Ch 12 is picking up the HD feed of the Indy preseason game

at 8/12/2007 11:57 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did the game actually air live? Because in the Detroit and Toledo markets it did not because it was not a sell out.

at 8/12/2007 12:56 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Yes, it aired live here, because Cincinnati was the away team. Toledo must be considered part of the Detroit home market that couldn't see it live, because it wasn't sold out.

at 8/13/2007 12:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think its sad that CBS STILL will not air all the NFL games they carry in HD.

at 8/16/2007 10:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

technically the cincinnati vs Indianapolis game is being picked up by the NFL Network using both the cincinnati feed for the first half and the indianapolis feed for the 2nd half on the NFL network with the NFL Network broadcast being blacked out in Cincinnati and indianapolis. Cincinnati market will have have the WKRC/Bengels tv Broadcast while Indianapolis will have the WTTV/Colts TV Broadcast. the Colts/bengels game is not an NFL Network produced game thats what they said when i watched the NFL Network game last saturday night between the titans and redskins.

at 8/16/2007 10:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

the August 31st game between the Indianapolis Colts vs the Cincinnati Bengels that is airing on the NFL network is not an NFL Network produced broadcast but an NFL Network Simulcast of the Cincinnati Bengals/WKRC Tv broadcast for the first Half and the Indianapolis Colts/WTTV TV broadcast in the 2nd half. and the broadcast on the nfl network will not air in cincinnati or indianapolis markets due to the games airing locally in cincy on WKRC and Indy on WTTV

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