They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it; for it is money they have and peace they lack.
  -James Earl Jones "Field of Dreams"
and don't go mistaking paradise for that home across the road
  -Bob Dylan "Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest"

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Playoffs in SD

The Baseball playoffs start in 13 days. All but two of the games of the National League Division Series and the American League Division Series will be on TBS (the other two will be on sister station TNT). All of the National League Championship Series will be on TBS. TBS has rolled out a new High Definition channel (TBS-HD) just in time for the playoffs. All games will be in HD on TBS-HD. As of this writing, DirecTV would appear to be the only place to get this channel. Comcast cable has announced that it will start carrying TBS-HD October 1. People are assuming that Time Warner Cable, whose parent company owns TBS, will also have it. There has been no word on any plan from Cox Cable. The deal between MLB and TBS was announced a year ago. There was plenty of time to work out agreements, but as it stands today, absent some sort of surprise, the Diamondbacks might have to make it to Fox's coverage of the World Series before we seem them in HD in the post-season. There would actually be an outside chance of a TNT-HD game in game 4 of the NLDS on Sunday 10/7. Cox goes out of their way to make sure that exhibition games on the NFL Network are carried in HD but they can't seem to work this one out. The galling thing is that they just announced that they will soon add HD versions of Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet and The Science Channel. (They already carry Discovery HD Theatre, a separate channel.) And they will of course have TBS-HD eventually, just probably not in time for the playoffs.

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