August 26, 2008
| by Arlen Schweiger
Football season is right around the corner. We can feel the football fix being soothed already. There’s another reason to celebrate, too—more football in high-def!
Actually, it’ll be more than just football, but that’s what’s kicking off another high-definition channel offering from ESPN. Yep, ESPNU is going HD on Thursday, August 28, with the kickoff of its college football coverage—Vanderbilt at Miami (Ohio) at 7:30 p.m.
Sure, the first game probably isn’t a Sugar Bowl preview or anything, but hey, it’s football season and we’re craving just about any match up now that the high-def Olympics are over and baseball’s pennant races are another couple of weeks away from really heating up.
ESPN says its Thursday and Saturday college gridiron matchups (the live ones, at least) will be part of more than 200 high-def events during the U’s first year in HD. You’ll get plenty of college basketball, lacrosse, baseball, softball, volleyball, wrestling, hockey and more, says ESPN.
The mothership adds that ESPNU HD has agreements in place with Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV, RCN, Atlantic Broadband and Broadstripe customers, and that ESPN is trying to ink distribution deals with more cable, satellite and telecommunications operators.
Plus, as Engadget HD reminds us, ESPN recently worked out a mega 15-year deal with the SEC to broadcast that conference’s events on its family of networks, so you know you’ll be seeing plenty of Top 25 football, baseball and hoops action in HD.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.