MASN To Show More HD

Posted by Dave Nichols | Friday, February 13, 2009 | | 0 comments »

MASN announced today that between their coverage of the Nats and Orioles this season, they'll have a game on in HD every day of the season. That can only be considered good news to the HD viewing public. In addition, they are partnering with DC 50 to simulcast Sunaday afternoon games over-the-air, while still broadcasting the games on cable, something previous over-the-air partners were not able to accomodate.

The Nationals play 105 games on MASN HD, 95 games on MASN and 67 games on MASN2, with the big MASN HD launch on April 1.

MASN spokesperson Todd Webster also stressed the new pre- and post-game shows from the stadium and expanded coverage of the team on

Here are highights from the press release today:

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - MASN, the local leader in live sports entertainment and the television home of the Nationals and Orioles, announced its 2009 baseball schedule which includes 210 high-definition game broadcasts.

With expanded high def coverage, the network will televise at least one game in HD every day throughout the season. Each team will have more than 100 games on MASN's new dedicated HD channel, MASN HD, which launches on April 1st.

The Nationals will have 95 live games on MASN and an additional 67 on MASN2. Washington DC-area viewers will also be able to watch 20 selected Sunday afternoon games on MASN's new over-the-air partner, DC50. The new multiyear partnership with DC50 allows WDCW to simulcast 20 Sunday afternoon Nationals games over-the-air.

Nats Xtra, MASN's exclusive pre and post game show, will also air on DC50 immediately before and after each game. Pre and post-game shows, Nats Xtra and O's Xtra, will be be hosted on location from the ballpark for every home game of both clubs.

In addition, MASN will introduce other production enhancements for the 2009 season, including new cameras that will bring fans closer to the action. The network will utilize an X-Mo camera, a new high-speed HD camera, that shoots more than 300 frames per second for crystal clear replays of the biggest moments on the field.

"The best local source for coverage of the national pastime, MASN will again bring every available game of both the Nationals and Orioles into millions of households throughout our seven-state region," said MASN spokesman Todd Webster. "MASN's production enhancements, high speed camera, and in-game features will bring a whole new look to the broadcasts in 2009 as MASN offers HD every day. With the best talent team in baseball, special in-game features, and a 210 game HD package, MASN provides unmatched access to the Nationals and Orioles."

MASN-Nats Spring Training games:

Friday, March 6, 1:00 p.m. - Nationals @ Orioles

Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 p.m. - Marlins @ Nationals

Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 p.m. - Braves @ Nationals

Saturday, April 4, 6:00 p.m. - Orioles @ Nationals (HD)