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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Reds in HD

I know some of you were wondering:

Time Warner will add Reds games in beautiful HDTV clarity this season from Fox Sports Net Ohio on Cincinnati Channel 968 and Dayton Channel 768, after not carrying any the Reds' FSN Ohio HDTV games last year.

FSN Ohio will air 71 HDTV Reds baseball games - of 145 Reds telecasts - this season, starting with the Reds-Brewers April 8.

Insight cable offered high-def Reds games to Northern Kentucky customers last year (and again this year).

What changed at Time Warner?

"Contract negotiations. We were able to reach a deal with FSN Ohio," says Karen Baxter, Time Warner public affairs director.

Time Warner will launch the channels Tuesday, along with the National Geographic Channel HD (Channel 757). But FSN Ohio won't have any HDTV games until basketball's Cleveland Cavaliers play April 5.

"It just kills me that we couldn't do (Reds) Opening Day in high-definition. There just wasn't enough satellite HD transponder time for the (March 31) game," says Steve Liverani, FSN Ohio general manager.


at 9:15 AM Blogger Reds in 2008 said...

This year is going to be KILLER with 71 games in HD. I'm a displaced Reds fan living in Wisconsin, but thanks to my MLB Extra Innings package, I usually see damn never every game.

And this year half of them will be on my 129" screen in my home theater in beautiful HD. It's really almost better than being there! :)

at 12:08 PM Blogger Exiled No More said...

John (or anyone else): Can you tell me what the deal is with getting Reds games on mlb.tv in quasi-Reds territory like Nashville? Is every game blacked out on MLB.tv or just the 1-2 games per week that are on Fox Sports? MLB's website is not helpful about this.

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