FSN to double number of games available in HD for 2007
FSN Detroit is more than doubling its high-definition output from a year ago, producing 60 of its 134 Detroit Tigers telecasts in HD, starting with Monday’s season opener against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The games will be shown on FSN HD, a channel available on high-definition cable service provided by Comcast, Bright House Networks and Wide Open West (WOW!), as well as via satellite on DIRECTV:
• Comcast – Ch. 201 (metro Detroit, Flint/Saginaw and West Michigan)
• Bright House Networks – Ch. 232 (western Detroit suburbs)
• WOW! – Ch. 220 (Detroit suburbs)
• DIRECTV – Ch. 96 or 97 (Detroit spot beam)
Viewers whose cable/satellite system is not listed above are encouraged to contact their video provider to add FSN HD to its high-definition channel lineup.
FSN Detroit began its HD telecasts last summer when the regional network delivered 27 Tigers games. Less than a year later, FSN Detroit is annually producing approximately 120 high-def games among the Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons.
“As the number of high-definition television homes continues to grow, we’re delighted to be at the forefront by providing the most local HD sports content,” said Greg Hammaren, Vice President/General Manager, FSN Detroit. “FSN is the nation’s industry leader in delivering sports in HD and we’re proud to offer 60 such games this season featuring the defending American League champion Tigers.”
"Tigers Live" set to launch on Opening Day
Team-titled shows for Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons to replace Detroit Sports Report starting April 2
FSN Detroit is taking another step toward its mission of delivering the best and most comprehensive access of the regional sports scene when it launches “Tigers Live” pre- and postgame shows on Monday, April 2, surrounding the regional network’s Opening Day telecast featuring the Detroit Tigers hosting the Toronto Blue Jays.
Tigers Live offerings consist of a 30-minute pre-game show that airs before every Tigers telecast on FSN Detroit, plus at least a half hour of postgame coverage following the Opening Day contest and all nighttime telecasts on FSN throughout the 2007 season. Tigers Live pre- and postgame shows are set to provide unmatched television access by offering programming devoted to the Tigers that takes viewers beyond the game with manager and player reaction, expert analysis, extended game highlights, as well as current news and information pertinent to the ball club.
FSN Detroit’s “Live” branding replaces the Detroit Sports Report which has been the network’s signature news show since June 2000. Intended to give viewers more access and information on the teams they care about most, the “Live” format will still cover breaking news on Detroit’s sports teams as needed, but its main focus is to provide comprehensive coverage of the team that is playing on FSN that given date.
In the days following the Tigers Live launch, FSN rolls out additional team-specific shows that coincide with other Detroit teams, including Red Wings Live (pre- and postgame, premiering April 3) and Pistons Live (postgame, premiering April 4).
Tigers Live Pregame finds FSN’s John Keating continuing his longstanding role as on-site host. Tigers Live Postgame is hosted by a combination of FSN talent, including current DSR anchors Mickey York and Angie Mentink. Pre- and postgame reports from the ballpark are provided by a collection of FSN Detroit reporters including Ryan Field, Trevor Thompson, Shireen Saski and Matt Shepard. FSN’s Tigers game announcers Mario Impemba and Rod Allen also will appear on Tigers Live.
The launch of Tigers Live is supported by an aggressive and comprehensive marketing effort throughout metro Detroit via billboards, radio advertisements and promotions, online components and special events. Fans attending the April 2 Tigers season opener will see in-stadium signage promoting Tigers Live and see innovative brand exposures around the vicinity of the ballpark.
"The premiere of Tigers Live – and the other ‘Live’ shows connected to the Red Wings and Pistons – underscores FSN's commitment to the fans of Detroit's great teams,” said Greg Hammaren, Vice President/General Manager, FSN Detroit. “Nobody provides fans with as much access and overall coverage of Detroit sports like we can at FSN.”
A special edition of Tigers Live airs Sunday, April 1 at 8:00 PM with the one-hour Tigers Live Opening Day Preview, setting the scene for the next day’s season opener festivities and a sneak peek at the much-anticipated 2007 Tigers season.
Tigers 36-hour marathon starts at noon on April 1st
The much-anticipated return of the defending American League champion Detroit Tigers will be celebrated April 1-2 on FSN Detroit with a day and a half of continuous team-related programming titled the "Tigers 36-Inning Marathon."