MASN Launches Full-Time HD Channel
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....
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