Caps Friday game moves to CSN HD
By now you've probably heard that the Caps' home game against the Thrashers on Friday has been moved off Comcast SportsNet + and onto Comcast SportsNet HD, with the Wizards game in Orlando shifting off CSN and onto CSN+. Maybe the reasoning is obvious, but just in case, I checked with a network spokesman. Turns out that it takes several days of advance time to make such a switch smoothly, and the network didn't want to take any chances that the Caps could be chasing a record 13th straight win while on the non-HD channel.
"The Capitals are on a remarkable winning streak, and due to overwhelming fan interest and the potential of Friday's game being very significant for the team, we moved the game to our primary channel so we can deliver it in HD," the spokesman wrote me. "Although they need another win to extend the streak to this weekend, we made the decision earlier this week in order to make the logistical arrangements required in a programming change like this."
The original lineup called for the Caps to have 12 games on CSN+ and the Wizards to have 14. With the switch, it changes to 11 and 15. No more complaints about hoops bias, ok? The Thrashers game was the last time the Caps were scheduled to be on CSN+ this season.
As for the persistent complaints (mostly from Caps fans) about CSN+ being unavailable for Verizon FiOS subscribers in some counties, those worries should be over. I'll quote from the FiOS release, which went out Tuesday afternoon:
Hey Wizards and Caps fans, we've heard your cries and we're answering. Starting [Tuesday], FiOS TV customers in Maryland and Virginia will have Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus (CSN+), the CSN MA overflow channel that gets you your Caps and Wizards games.
As many of you know, we've been offering these games on FiOS1, a local channel that's available in the D.C. metro area, but does not include parts of Maryland and Virginia. We've worked closely with Comcast on this, and found a solution that gives FiOS TV customers all of the Caps and Wizards games they want. We'll continue to offer the CSN+ content on FiOS1 in the D.C. metro area, and on channel 334 in the rest of the region.
Not enough good news yet? Ratings info from CSN coming soon. As always, let me note that The Washington Post has a business relationship with CSN, which allows Mike Wise to dress like a homeless person on television once a week.
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