View Full Version : Reason Reds games are sometimes not starting in HD

Reds Fanatic
05-22-2008, 03:00 PM
This is from John Kiesewetter at the Enquirer. Sounds like this could happen on the HD games the next 3 nights as well.

Is most of a Reds game in HDTV better than none? Fox Sports Net Ohio managers think so, which is why Time Warner and Insight customers haven't seen the complete Reds-Dodgers games in HDTV Tuesday and Wednesday. Cable customes expecting the Reds at 10 p.m. the past two nights have been disappointed to find a blank screen.

Why? Who's to blame?

First, it's a FSNO problem, not the cable carrier. Here's the deal: FSNO gambled and lost, essentially. FSNO scheduled the 10 p.m. West Coast games this week (including tonight through Saturday in San Diego), knowing it couldn't get satellite transponder time precisely at 10 p.m. if a 7 p.m. MLB game ran longer than three hours. And that's what happened Tuesday and again last night. The HDTV telecast on FSNO started a half-hour late both nights.

FSNO knew it was taking a calculated risk by scheduling this week's road trip in HDTV. I just got off the phone with Steve Liverani, FSNO senior VP and GM, and he explains it this way: He hoped the HDTV telecast would start on time... and he's hoping Reds fans appreciate seeing most of the game in HD, rather than none. He opted to go with more HD games (71) taking this gamble, instead of blowing off the whole West Coast swing and just doing 65 HD telecasts.

The same thing can happen tonight through Saturday, all 10 p.m. starts. He's hoping that HD owners who don't see the game will go to the standard definition telecast, and check back periodically. He's also instructing the Reds TV announcers to tell viewers when the HD telecast has started, so you can switch over to HD.

After this week, there's only one more chance of this happening again -- when the Reds play at Arizon Sept. 12-13.

So here's my question: Is most of a Reds game in HD better than nothing? You tell me...

Sea Ray
05-22-2008, 03:04 PM
That's OK. I think the way they're playing I'd just as soon it not be crystal clear. I don't want to see clearly how bad they are...

05-22-2008, 03:26 PM
Another argument for shorter, crisper games.

05-22-2008, 04:54 PM
Another argument for shorter, crisper games.

Most definitely. :laugh: The lack of crispness in the 7:00pm games is costing us some HD time.

Seriously though, I'm glad they're doing it this way. One disadvantage is that if you DVR the games and set it to record only the HD channel, you miss a couple of innings. If both tuners on the DVR are available, I suppose I could record both the SD and the HD channels, but usually don't bother. I just forward through the blue screen until the game comes on.

Speaking of the LA games, I have enjoyed the overhead shots of the city this week! I've got to get out there some day.

Reds Fanatic
05-22-2008, 10:01 PM
Looks like it is happening again tonight as the game is not on yet in HD.