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Bright House Sports Network grabs rights to high school championships

Posted by Roger Simmons

If you want to watch high school sports on TV, Bright House Sports Network is going to be your channel.

The cable sports station announced Thursday that it signed a three-year deal with the Florida High School Athletic Association — allowing it to produce and televise all state quarterfinal, semifinal and championship games in sports such as football, basketball and soccer. The station already airs more than 200 regular-season high school games.

Under the new deal, BHSN will televise a minimum of 60 high school post-season games each year in HD to Orlando and Tampa Bay customers. The channel is also teaming with Comcast, Cox, Charter, and Time Warner Cable to make available select games throughout Florida and 19 other states, expanding the number of potential households that will be able to view the games to more than 20 million.

“This is a historic development for Florida high school sports coverage,” Elliott Wiser, Vice President of Local Programming for Bright House Networks, said in a news release. “We are excited to partner with the FHSAA to produce a wide spectrum of sports live for our customers.  High school sports have quickly become an important part of the television sports landscape.”

Sun Sports previously held the rights to FHSAA championship games.

Here’s more on the deal from the Orlando Sentinel.

Changes afoot at Bright House’s News 13

Wow — I need to go buy a lottery ticket.

Just a day after I made my 2011 predictions for the Orlando TV market — looks like one has come true — and another may be about to.

I received this communication Tuesday afternoon: “CFN13 just laid off news director Sean McNamara.  The general manager, Robin Smythe, announced the news in an e-mail sent [around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday], but did not give a reason.”

NewsBlues.com, meanwhile, reports “Elliott Wiser, the Bright House VP who oversees CFN13 and sister-station Bay News 9 in Tampa (Market #14), has scheduled an attendance-mandatory all-hands-on-deck staff meeting in both newsrooms today. Rumors of news-sharing swirl. The two news operations, reaching an estimated 3.3 million households, are separated by just 85 miles of crowded interstate, and their coverage areas are bumping shoulders. Both news operations have become powerful forces in their respective markets, particularly in the morning and when severe weather threatens.”

Stay tuned.

Bright House adds Bay News 9, 8 other channels

As we predicted earlier, Bright House Networks announced Tuesday the addition of its Tampa Bay cable news station, Bay News 9 — as well as eight other channels to its Orlando offerings.

The seven new HD channels bring to 34 the number of high-def offerings the cable company has added this year. Its available HD channels now total 137.

Here’s what Bright House had to say about the new channels in a press release:

  • The Hub HD, Bright House Networks channel 1108, is the High Definition version of The Hub channel on Bright House Networks channel 139, formerly known as Discovery KidsThe Hub features programming aimed at younger viewers 6 to 11 years old, including such shows as: Jim Henson’s “Fraggle Rock,” “Meerkat Manor,” “Men in Black,” “Strawberry Shortcake Berry Bitty Adventures,” “The Twisted Whiskers Show” and “Batman Beyond.”
  • GSN HD, Bright House Networks channel 1280. Now everyone’s favorite game shows are available in eye-popping high definition—from GSN’s highly rated original series such as Baggage, Catch 21, High Stakes Poker, and The Newlywed Game to fan favorites such as Family Feud, Deal Or No Deal and Lingo. GSN’s live daily show, GSN Live, which offers viewers the chance to play and win cash and prizes every weekday, is also now available in HD.
  • Bay News 9 HD, Bright House Networks channel 1209. From Tampa to Orlando we want our customers to be totally informed. They should have the option to know what’s going on in and around their communities at anytime…24 hours a day. Our society is a mobile one. Many customers travel across the state as a matter of routine for business or family reasons. We are confident this addition will help satisfy their news, weather and information viewing needs.
  • Ovation HD, Bright House Networks channel 1316. Ovation HD is the only network devoted to art and contemporary culture. The network creates and curates one-of-a-kind programming about all the art people enjoy most, from the popular to the avant-garde and everything in between.
  • C-SPAN HD, Bright House Networks channel 1226. Now you can watch your government at work in High Definition through C-SPAN HD’s non-stop coverage of government proceedings and public affairs programming.
  • EWTN HD, Bright House Networks channel 1340. EWTN has been serving Catholics, the largest faith group in the United States, using every form of technology for 28 years, and is currently the only Catholic-oriented programmer offering High Definition.
  • GAME2 HD, Bright House Networks channel 1816, is the high definition complement to the sports packages NHL Center Ice and MLB Extra Innings. This HD channel joins Game HD launched earlier this year and is tied to the sports packages so if you subscribe to NHL Center Ice or MLB Extra Innings and have a Bright House Networks HD set-top box, you will get this channel and its programming. Only select games in HD, and the schedule can be found at www.indemand.com
  • The Word Network, Bright House Networks channel 164. The Word Network has established itself as a mainstream media broadcaster for African American ministries and gospel music. The Word Network offers value positive religious family programming embraced by millions of African Americans in urban and rural markets. The Word Network provides programming that is sensitive to, and touches the fabric of, the urban African American community. The programming covers a broad range of demographics from teens and young adults who are interested in contemporary gospel music, to the families seeking values consistently presented in a positive way,
  • Jewish Life TV, Bright House Networks channel 165. Jewish Life TV, or JLTV, America’s Chosen Network, is America’s first 24/7 Jewish television channel. JLTV offers a wide range of programming including educational, cultural, historical, sports, and news for the entertainment and enjoyment of a broadly diverse audience.

Bay News 9 joins Orlando lineup this week

The rumors are true: Bright House Networks will be adding its Tampa Bay cable news station, Bay News 9, to its Central Florida lineup this week.

The sister channel for our News 13 is expected to go live as early as Tuesday along with a host of other new channels on the cable network.

But … if you just can’t wait to see what the Tampa folks watch for local cable news, you apparently can get a sneak peek early.

According to a post our TV News Talk Message Board area, you can “trick” your cable box to allow you to see Bay News 9 now.

Here are the instructions: Hold down the OK/select button until a small icon flashes on the cable box (takes 10-15 secs).  When it does that, press the right arrow next to the ok/select button and type in 1209 — the Orlando channel for Bay News 9.

Lose Fox on Bright House Networks? There are alternatives

The clock is ticking, and Fox is ready to pull the plug on its channels on Bright House Networks at the stroke of midnight tomorrow.

Orlando attorney John Morgan took the mammoth media company to court today to try to stop it from cutting off its signals for the cable system. But, according to the Orlando Sentinel, Fox countered that a Florida court was not the right one to hear this issue since some of Fox’s channels are under the jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission. Therefore, the media company’s attorney argued, this issue should be taken up in federal court. Morgan countered that this was just a stall tactic by Fox. Read the full story here.

Assuming the two sides do no reach agreement on retransmission compensation, Bright House customers may be without Fox 35, MyNetwork 65, Sun Sports, Fox Sports Florida and other Fox-owned channels as early as New Year’s Day. So, if you have Bright House, what should you do? Here are some tips on how to get Fox channels and programming:

First, if you have a digital television — one that gets HD signals — relax. You can easily pick up WOFL-Fox 35 and WRBW-My 65 with an indoor rabbit-ears antenna.

If you have an old analog TV, don’t panic. All you need is a digital converter box. These will run you between $40 and $55. Click here to see examples from Best Buy. With one of these boxes, you can pull in all the local stations — including Fox — with an indoor rabbit-ears antenna.

OK, so you’re set for all the BCS bowl games — including Tim Tebow’s finale as the Florida Gators face the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Sugar Bowl. What about those Orlando Magic games on Sun Sports and Fox Sports Florida?

To get them, you’re going to either (a) have to find someone who has a television provider other than Bright House, (b) sign up with one of those providers or (c) find a sports bar that doesn’t use Bright House.

For you home programming, choices include Dish Network and DirecTV for satellite. (By the way, Fox and DirecTV are owned by the same company, so chances are you will never lose any Fox programming on DirecTV). In some areas of Central Florida, there is another option: AT&T’ U-verse service.

Like all disagreements, this one will come to an end at somepoint. Hopefully, you won’t miss to many of your favorite shows or sports events.

Longo lands at Central Florida News 13

Some quick hits to start your week:

  • Nice to see reporter Adam Longo bounce back from WKMG’s downsizing. He’s got a gig with Central Florida News 13. His bio on the CFNews13.com Web site says he’s weekend anchor, although I spotted him doing live shots on Friday when a busload of tourists stopped at Celebration hospital to get checked for flu-like symptoms. I know Adam hasn’t been at CFN 13 that long, but could they at least grab a photo for his bio? …
  • Speaking of Central Florida News 13, while Longo’s bio has been added, the one for Melissa Crabtree has gone missing. Anyone seen her? …
  • Are you a fan of NBC’s smart and witty sitcom, 30 Rock? If so, good news. Fox and Tribune Co. announced a deal last week to air reruns of the Tina Fey show on their stations — and that includes WOFL-Fox 35 and WRBW-MyTV 65. The shows will air in the 2011 season. Read more hereContinue reading Longo lands at Central Florida News 13