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Comcast SportsNet to Offer HDTV Game Coverage in 2003 Print E-mail
Friday, 15 March 2002
Comcast SportsNet announces that it will produce and air approximately 200 games in high-definition beginning January 2003 between its two networks in Philadelphia and Baltimore/Washington, D.C.

Comcast SportsNet will produce such games from a network-owned, state-of-the-art mobile production unit that will service both networks. For the Philadelphia network, this includes select home games featuring the Philadelphia Phillies (MLB), Flyers (NHL) and 76ers (NBA). In Baltimore/Washington, DC, this will include select home games for the Baltimore Orioles (MLB), Washington Capitals (NHL) and Washington Wizards (NBA).

As an added feature for home viewers, high definition television can be broadcast simultaneously with a traditional broadcast signal, therefore not impacting the image of those viewers without a high-definition television set.

"Investing in the equipment and vehicles to make HDTV available to our viewers, is just another way we are trying to improve the fan experience," said Jack Williams, president, Comcast SportsNet. "Having had the chance to see the games in high definition myself, I can tell you that the experience is no like no other. The move to high definition is certainly where the market is moving. We consider this as our being one step ahead of the game."

"Being able to see our games in high definition television is like offering our fans a whole new way to watch the teams," said Ted Leonsis, majority owner of the NHL Washington Capitals. "When Comcast SportsNet entered this market, I knew it would translate into great things for our fans and for the sports scene in Washington. They are great partners who are always looking for ways to improve the fan experience. Taking the lead in offering this level of quality television is one such way."

No specification was made as to what resolution of HDTV the events will be broadcast in however one might project that it would be in 1080i to match the coverage by HDNet. On that note, this coverage has been announced on a local level however HDNet has a national if not international reach on DirecTV channel 199 and they are hungry for good sports content. And when it comes to Philadelphia Flyer’s hockey games – it doesn’t get any better. HDNet founder Mark Cuban told AudioRevolution.com that he’s interested in nationally broadcasting the games on the satellite but it is a decision that would have to be made by Comcast and the respective leagues.

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