Television: March 2008 Archives

FSN Detroit’s coverage of Michigan high school championship events continues this month with live presentation of the 2008 MHSAA Girls and Boys Basketball Finals on consecutive Saturdays, March 8 and 15. The girls finals are contested this Saturday, March 8, at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center. Play-by-play announcers are Dan Gutowsky (Class D & A) and John Keating (Class C & B). Serving as analyst for all four games is Greg Kelser.

The boys championship games, held Saturday, March 15 at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, feature play-by-play announcers Matt Shepard (Class D & C) and Keating (Class A & B), joined by analyst Kelser. Note: The boys Class C game will be seen live at 12 noon on FSN Plus, with an 11:00 PM replay on FSN Detroit. This marks the 10th consecutive year that FSN Detroit has aired the MHSAA Girls Basketball Finals, the 11th year in a row for the boys event.

Here is the lineup of the 2008 MHSAA Girls & Boys Basketball Finals on FSN Detroit,
available to 3.2 million cable and satellite homes throughout Michigan and portions of Northwest
Ohio and Northern Indiana. The participating teams are determined after semifinal action March
6-7 (girls) and March 13-14 (boys):

MHSAA Girls Basketball Finals – Saturday, March 8
Class D: 10:00 AM, LIVE (Dan Gutowsky, Greg Kelser)
Class A: 12:00 PM, LIVE (Gutowsky, Kelser)
Class C: 4:00 PM, LIVE (John Keating, Kelser)
Class B: 6:00 PM, LIVE (Keating, Kelser)

MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals – Saturday, March 15
Class D: 10:00 AM, LIVE (Matt Shepard, Kelser)
Class C: 12:00 PM, LIVE on FSN Plus* (Shepard, Kelser) – replay 11:00 PM on FSN Detroit
Class A: 4:00 PM, LIVE (Keating, Kelser)
Class B: 8:00 PM, LIVE (Keating, Kelser)

FSN Plus: Schedule and Channel Update

March and April provide a plethora of sporting events of local interest which means FSN Detroit will once again activate its auxiliary service, FSN Plus, several times in the coming weeks. On days with simultaneous games, FSN Detroit will carry one game, while cable and satellite providers make FSN Plus available to air the second contest.

Below is the upcoming schedule of FSN Plus events, which includes college and high school basketball tournament action, a Red Wings game and three early-season Tigers games:

- Sun. March 9: 7:30 pm – ACC Men’s Basketball: Maryland at Virginia
- Mon. March 10: Summit League Men’s Basketball Tournament:
    7:00 pm – Semifinal #1, 9:30 pm – Semifinal #2
- Thu. March 13: MAC Men’s Basketball Tournament:
    12:00 pm – Quarterfinal #1, 2:30 pm – Quarterfinal #2
    7:00 pm – Quarterfinal #3, 9:30 pm – Quarterfinal #4
- Fri. March 14: MAC Men’s Basketball Tournament:
    7:00 pm – Semifinal #1, 9:30 pm – Semifinal #2
- Sat. March 15: 12:00 pm – MHSAA Boys Basketball: Class C Final
- Sat. March 15: 3:00 pm – MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament: Championship Game (delayed)
- Sat. March 22: 7:00 pm – Detroit Red Wings vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (Red Wings Live at 6:30 & postgame)
- Wed. April 9: 7:00 pm – Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox (Tigers Live at 6:30 & postgame)
- Fri. April 11: 8:00 pm – Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox (Tigers Live at 7:30 & postgame)
- Tue. April 15: 7:00 PM – Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins (Tigers Live at 6:30 & postgame)

With the shutdown of the Comcast Local channel on Comcast systems across Michigan, viewers of FSN Plus will need digital service to receive the programming on either Channel 900 or 901.


Television: Newsmakers Mar 4, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

The first coupons for TV converter boxes are starting to show up in consumer mailboxes as the television industry braces for D-Day -- Feb 17, 2009 -- when old analog TV sets no longer will pull in over-the-air TV signals and the nation switches to the crisper and clearer digital mode. The coupons, which work like a gift card, bring $40 discounts to those who need the boxes, estimated at about one in ten TV households nationwide. In Michigan, that's about 1.5 million homes. The boxes, which cost $50 to $80, install between the antenna and the TV and allow normal reception on older sets. The coupons come free on request, either online at or by phone at 888-388-2009. They must be used within 90 days... TV industry readies for digital switch (Tue, 3/4)

The Oakland Press/AP:

he transition to digital broadcasting is the biggest thing to hit television since color. To make sure it goes smoothly, the Federal Communications Commission wants to do a test run. The digital shift will happen nationwide next February. Viewers who don't have a digital set and watch shows via an antenna will lose their picture unless they buy a converter box. The changeover has members of Congress and the FCC worried that irate viewers with no picture will direct their anger at Washington. FCC commissioner Michael Copps suggested a test run in certain markets, prior to the national shift, would be a good idea. He explained his idea Monday in a letter to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin. "Broadway shows open on the road to work out the kinks before opening night," he wrote. "The DTV transition deserves no less"... Digital TV shift may get a test drive before going prime time (Tue, 3/4)


Television: Newsmakers Mar 8, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

I asked for it. In a column earlier this week about the Feb. 17, 2009, transition to digital TV, I invited readers to send me their questions. More than 100 of you did. To help clear up the confusion, I asked experts from the cable and electronics industry, government telecommunications agencies and local broadcasters to help... Clear up confusion over digital switch (Sat, 3/8)

FSN Plus programming reminder: Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament Semifinals

The Summit League men’s basketball tournament semifinals will be televised Monday, March 10 on FSN PLUS at 7:00 & 9:30 pm. Of local interest, Oakland University would play in the 9:30 game if it wins Sunday’s quarterfinal contest.


Television: Newsmakers Mar 11, 2008



Detroit News:

Could there finally be peace in our time between Comcast and the Big Ten Network? The two sides are back to active negotiations, in hopes of finally reaching an agreement. A published report Monday said the two sides were close to an agreement, but neither the BTN nor Comcast would confirm that. Allegedly, some difficult impasses have been broken, which could lead to the Big Ten Network reaching some Comcast customers by summer. The BTN, which launched August 2007, has not been carried by Comcast cable, because of long-running disagreements over carriage and fees. The biggest casualty of the blackout has been Metro Detroit's Big Ten sports fans who are Comcast customers, equaling 70 percent of the market... Comcast, BTN open talks again (Tue, 3/11)

Detroit Free Press:

The Big Ten Network appears on its way to most homes in Michigan. According to a source close to the negotiations, Comcast and the BTN have made significant progress toward a deal and only an unforeseen setback would prevent the network from being on the cable system by football season. Considering the animosity between the sides much of last fall and into the winter -- Comcast ran negative ads, especially on radio, attacking BTN -- a deal would be significant... Barring unforeseen setback, Big Ten Network and Comcast deal should get done (Tue, 3/11)


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.


Television: Newsmakers Mar 19, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

Regional sports network FSN Detroit has signed agreements with the Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings to televise nearly all their games -- exhibition, regular season and playoff -- for at least the next decade. The restructured rights agreements give FSN an unprecedented stranglehold on Detroit's sports scene. FSN will control the rights to all telecasts not picked up by a national network. The deals begin this year, FSN officials told the Free Press. FSN will televise up to 152 Tigers games -- an increase from 134 last year -- including 103 in high-definition. ESPN or Fox are scheduled to televise the season's other 10 games... FSN hat trick: Network has deals in place with Tigers, Pistons, Wings for the next decade (Wed, 3/19)

Detroit News:

Television commercials explaining the big switch are hitting the airways, the converter boxes are on display at Best Buy and Target, and worries of glitches are mounting as America gets ready for the biggest change to television since the advent of color. Beginning Feb. 17 next year, the trusty analog signals that have brought free TV -- from familiar channels like ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS -- into tens of millions of U.S. homes for more than half a century will die. In their place will be new-and-improved digital signals that promise higher quality picture and sound and more program choices. The impact on the vast majority of U.S. households will be minimal... Signals get switched: Push is on to prevent glitches in move to digital TV (Wed, 3/19)

FSN’s networks share Saturday Wings/CCHA coverage

Following is the lineup of Red Wings and CCHA hockey coverage for Saturday, March 22
across FSN’s collection of networks:

- Red Wings at Columbus: 7:00 pm on FSN Plus, coverage begins at 6:30 with Red Wings Live
(game replay at 11:00 PM on FSN Detroit)

- CCHA Championship Game: 7:30 pm on FSN Detroit & FSN HD


Television: Newsmakers Mar 27, 2008



Washington Post:

The low-power television industry is facing a "death sentence" because of a flaw in the government's plan to force broadcasters to shift to digital broadcasting and has asked a federal judge for a reprieve. The Community Broadcasters Association, which represents owners of small television stations, wants the Federal Communications Commission to ban all digital set top converter boxes that are not equipped to receive an analog signal, a request that has the potential to derail the biggest broadcasting transition since color television. As of Feb. 18, 2009, all full-power television stations in the U.S. are required to stop broadcasting an analog signal. Anyone who gets programming through an antenna and does not have a newer-model digital TV set will need to buy a box that converts the digital signal to analog. The government is providing two $40 coupons per household that can be used to buy these boxes. The problem facing the 2,600 low-power television stations represented by the association is that they are not subject to the deadline. Most of the converter boxes now on sale will actually block the low-power analog signal from those stations, while the full-power digital signal will display normally... Small Stations Sue Over Digital TV Plan (Wed, 3/26)







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