Wednesday, 15 January 2003
President, George Bodenheimer, announced plans to provide a
high-definition simulcast service of its premier network, ESPN to be
launched March 30, 2003.
ESPN HD will include 100 live
telecasts in its first year featuring Major League Baseball, the
National Basketball Association, the National Football League, and the
National Hockey League -- produced and distributed in high-definition
The resolution on ESPN HDTV will be 720p like parent
company ABC. Where can you see ESPN in HDTV? This is no answer yet as
ESPN is currently in negotiations with Cable and Satalite providers.
"ESPN is making a significant commitment to spur the growth of
high-definition television," said Bodenheimer. "Sports will be a key
driver of HDTV, and it is only fitting, that ESPN plays a leadership
role in serving our fans, affiliates, advertisers and rights holders in
advancing the adoption of digital technology."