71 Reds Games in HDTV
After being shut out last season, it sounds like Time Warner customers may be able to see Cincinnati Reds games in high-definition from Fox Sports Net Ohio this year.
FSN Ohio plans to televise nearly half (71) of its 145 Reds games this season in the wide-screen format. That's also more than double the HDTV games from last year (33). But Opening Day again won't be in HDTV.
We should know in the next few days if Time Warner – and Insight -- will carry the HDTV games this year.
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"We hope to be able to offer the Reds in HDTV this year," Baxter says. "I don’t have a full green light to make my announcement yet. But this is good news. We're excited about it."
Insight Communications officials also were not prepared Monday to say if Reds would be back in HDTV next month. Insight
DirecTV and Dish Network also have access to the 71 FSN Ohio HDTV games, says Steve Pawlowski, spokesman for the Cleveland-based regional sports network.
FSN Ohio managers did not want to comment Monday about HDTV carriage by area cable companies. "We understand that Reds fans want to see these games in HDTV, and we're happy to provide them. We're hopeful and confident that everyone will be able to see them,: says Steve Liverani, FSN Ohio senior vice president and general manager.
FSNO will do five games in standard definition from Great American Ball Park before the first HDTV telecast at 8 p.m. April 8 from Milwaukee. The Reds TV season starts with two Arizona games (Opening Day on March 31, and Wednesday April 2), and the April 4-6 weekend home stand with Philadelphia.
"It just kills me that we couldn’t do Opening Day in high-definition. There just wasn't enough satellite HD transponder time for the game," Liverani says.
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TUESDAY UPDATE: I tried to post the TV sked, but it didn't work. If I can figure out another way, I'll get it back up.