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MASN Launches Full-Time HD Channel

After noting last week what a small percentage of Nats and Orioles games were on HD, I should note that MASN just put out this release:

MASN, the local leader in live sports entertainment, will launch a full-time HD channel in March of 2009 and will more than double the number of HD telecasts of Nationals and Orioles games.

Expanding on MASN's successful first season utilizing high definition technology, the network will air up to 200 Major League Baseball games in HD in 2009, giving sports fans an HD game every night of the season. Additionally, the channel will carry Ravens preseason games, selected NCAA Division I football, basketball, and lacrosse games, and ESPN News in HD.

I just spoke with MASN spokesman Todd Webster who confirmed that the precise number of HD games won't be known until the schedules come out, but that the breakdown between HD Nats games and HD Orioles games will remain 50/50, as it was this season. With the possibility of day-night O's/Nats doubleheaders and different off days, both teams should get more than 50 percent of their games broadcast in HD. This will be MASN's second season of doing games in HD and, as with every sports broadcast network, Webster said the goal is to continue moving toward 100 percent HD.

Hope to find out the breakdown between Orioles and Nats games, although that might be impossible to know before the schedules are released. And for those of you who were hopeful that 162 Nats games might be on in HD next season...well....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 16, 2008; 12:15 PM ET
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If I read your previous post correctly, the Nats have 40 games in HD on MASN/MASN2 this season. So "more than double" means at least 81, which if I did my maths right is half the season! That's gotta be welcome news to a few thousand people, right?

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | September 16, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

One conspicuous absence in the press release about which cable carriers will have the dedicated channel is Verizon FiOS. Which, of course, is what I have.

Posted by: misschatter | September 16, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

considering Comcast's feud with MASN, is there any chance that Comcast offers this channel? Fios would be such a better option, too bad it is not available in my neighborhood, then I could give Comcast the boot.

Posted by: rc | September 16, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why they wouldn't broadcast all games in HD. It just doesn't make sense to me. What do they do, loan them out?

Posted by: MDP | September 16, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Dude. Lax in HD? Excellent, brah!

Posted by: I'm so stoned | September 16, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Just more of the cheapness that is Angelos. All games should be in HD. Angelos sux!

Posted by: mjwies11, washington, dc | September 16, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see Baltimore sports talk radio in HD!

Posted by: Kim | September 17, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

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