FSN Arizona to broadcast every Diamondbacks home game, select road games in HD

Darren Murph
D. Murph|03.31.08

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FSN Arizona to broadcast every Diamondbacks home game, select road games in HD

Thought the flow of HD baseball games had dried up? Not a chance, as the Arizona Diamondbacks have just announced that a record 86 games will be shown this season in high-definition to go along with its massive new scoreboard. Effective this year, FSN Arizona has become the "exclusive television home" of the club, and every single home game (72 for those keeping count) will be available in HD. Additionally, 14 road matchups will be aired in high-def, and each game shown in HD will also have HD versions of the pre- and post-game show. Click on through for the full release and a breakdown of which carriers in Arizona and New Mexico will be carry the tilts.

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FSN Arizona, the new exclusive television home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, announced today it will televise a record 86 D-backs games in High Definition during the 2008 season. The 86 HD telecasts represents the largest number of D-backs games ever offered in High Definition in a season by any outlet and it is a 405 percent increase over the amount of D-backs telecasts FSN Arizona produced in HD last season.

Every single home game that is scheduled to be televised by FSN Arizona will be done so in High Definition (72 total), as well as 14 road games, including eight against National League West rivals Colorado, Los Angeles and San Francisco. FSN Arizona also took the steps to ensure that the most important games are in High Definition, highlighted by the fact that 11 of the D-backs final 14 televised games of the regular season can be seen in HD.

The network's popular Miller Lite Diamondbacks Live pre-game and Qwest Diamondbacks Live post-game shows will also be offered in High Definition on the nights that the game is produced in HD.

Nearly 60 percent of FSN Arizona's 150 D-backs game telecasts this year will be available in High Definition and they can be seen by cable, home satellite and telco customers who subscribe to Cox, Comcast, Qwest, Western Broadband, Orbitel Communications, DirecTV and DISH. Here are the channels where the HD telecasts can be viewed:

* Cox (Phoenix & Tucson) – 721

* Comcast (Tucson, Albuquerque, Las Cruces & Santa Fe) – 258

* DirecTV – 649-1

* DISH – 415

* Qwest (Tempe) – 329

* Western Broadband (Sun Lakes, Robson Ranch, SaddleBrooke) – 726

* Orbitel Communications (Maricopa) - 929

FSN Arizona began offering Arizona Diamondbacks games in High Definition in 2004 and produced 17 games each season in HD from 2004-07. Today, FSN Arizona is offering 129 High Definition games annually among the D-backs, Suns and Coyotes. Nationally, FSN is producing more than 1,000 MLB games in HD this season, nearly double the amount of HD games produced in 2007.

"It is clear that sports fans love to watch their favorite teams in High Definition," said Mike Connelly, FSN Arizona Senior Vice President & General Manager. "We listened to the demands of our viewers and followed through on our promise to substantially increase our number of D-backs HD telecasts. FSN Arizona is the leader in local sports television programming and this is yet another step we have taken to show our commitment to the Arizona Diamondbacks and their fans throughout Arizona and in New Mexico."

Beginning this season, FSN Arizona becomes the exclusive television home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, televising 150 games a year, 89 of which will be offered in High Definition. Its extensive D-backs coverage also includes three Spring Training games, the Miller Lite Diamondbacks Live pre-game show, Qwest Diamondbacks Live post-game show, The Eric Byrnes Show and D-backs Playin' Hardball. It is also the exclusive cable television home of the Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Arizona Rattlers and Phoenix Mercury. FSN Arizona is currently seen in 2.8 million households in Arizona & New Mexico and can also be seen across the country via home satellite services.

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