MASN, the television home of the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles, will launch a high definition overflow channel beginning in the spring of 2010, the network announced today. The launch of MASN2 HD will allow the network to televise every Orioles and Nationals game live and in high-def throughout the season. The majority of MASN's cable and satellite affiliates will be prepared to carry the channel for the 2010 MLB campaign throughout the network's seven-state television territory.
Beginning in April, the network will televise every game and every play -- more than 320 Major League Baseball games in all -- in crystal-clear high definition. Nationals and Orioles game replays will still appear on the network's flagship high definition channel, MASN HD. O's Xtra and Nats Xtra, the network's exclusive pregame and postgame shows, will be televised in HD live and on location from the ballpark during every home game for both teams.
MASN's high definition telecasts of every Nationals and Orioles game next season builds upon the network's efforts in 2009, when the network produced and transmitted a high definition game every day of the season. Two hundred and ten of these productions were broadcast live on MASN's flagship HD channel. The 2010 launch of MASN2 HD, which will televise approximately 130 live games, positions MASN as the leading regional sports network in the United States with 320 Major League Baseball high definition telecasts.
"In only its fourth season, MASN continues to set the standard for regional sports programming, with national-caliber broadcast talent, state of the art in-game technology, and the most in-depth coverage of the Nationals and Orioles," said MASN spokesman Todd Webster. "MASN is proud to be the first RSN in the region to offer every one of its professional games in high definition. And with every play and every game in HD in 2010, fans will be closer to the action than ever before."
MASN HD will continue to occupy a permanent channel position in the HD lineup of its cable, satellite and fiber optic carriers throughout the MASN's seven-state television territory. MASN2 HD will also occupy a dedicated channel position, and will be active during the pregame, game, and postgame show for approximately 130 dates when both the Nationals and Orioles are playing simultaneously.
"We're very excited about the launch of MASN2 HD because this is great for our fans, who can now enjoy every single one of our games in crisp high definition" said Nationals president Stan Kasten. "This is even more good news for the Nationals heading into the 2010 season."
"I continue to be impressed by MASN's commitment to providing our fans with the most technologically advanced and professionally-produced telecasts in all of Major League Baseball," said Orioles president of Baseball Operations, Andy MacPhail. "They continue to push the envelope and set the standard for regional networks."
With four channels in operation for the 2010 season, the easiest way to locate MASN, MASN2, MASN HD and MASN2 HD, will be for viewers to check their on-screen channel guides using their television remote. A full listing of cable, satellite and fiber optic channel positions will be available at MASNsports.com.
With Every Play and Every Game in crystal clear high definition, pre and post game shows before and after every game, state of the art "Game Day" on-location sets at Nationals Park and Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the best broadcast talent in baseball, and 24/7 online coverage at MASNsports.com, MASN is the home of the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals.