FSN Detroit will deliver 103 of its 152 Detroit Tigers telecasts this season in high-definition – a 72 percent increase from the 60 HD games offered in 2007 – starting with the March 31 season opener against the Kansas City Royals. The HD schedule includes 72 home games, 31 on the road.
The high-definition telecasts will be shown on FSN HD, a channel available on high-definition cable service provided by Comcast, Bright House Networks, Wide Open West (WOW!), Charter, Buckeye, Broadstripe (formerly Millennium), Coldwater and D&P Cable. FSN HD is also available via satellite on DIRECTV and Dish Network.
FSN Detroit began its HD telecasts in 2006 when the regional network delivered 27 Tigers games. Now, FSN Detroit is producing 160 high-def games annually among the Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons. Nationally, FSN HD is producing more than 1,000 MLB games this season, nearly double the amount of high-definition games produced in 2007.
"It's clear that sports fans love HD. Fans are watching our HD games in record numbers in every sport and the number of high-def homes continues to accelerate. It makes perfect sense for FSN to deliver as many HD games as we possibly can," said Greg Hammaren, Senior Vice President/General Manager, FSN Detroit. “FSN is the industry leader in delivering sports in HD and we’re proud to offer more than 100 HD Tigers games this season, one of baseball’s most formidable teams.”
Beyond the games on FSN HD, FSN Detroit’s standard definition Tigers programming goes to 3.2 million cable and satellite households throughout Michigan and portions of Northwest Ohio and Northern Indiana. FSN Detroit is scheduled to deliver 900 hours of Tigers-related original programming during the 2008 season including a record 152 regular season games, Tigers Live pre and postgame shows, Tigers Weekly, Spotlight and In My Own Words episodes, and other special programming.