Trying to Stream Nats Games Locally

April 5, 2012

As I sit in my office knowing I won’t be able to watch the Nats game despite having an subscription, thanks to being, you know, in the area of the home team (like most people), I wonder if there’s something that can be done about it. Well, the Baseball Prospectus guys are having an Opening Day (or at I call it, Strassover) Round Table right now and I posed the question to them about what can be done. They took it up, so here’s what was said:

Comment From Charlie
Do you guys think will ever be blackout free? I, like most people, would love to watch my home teams games online at work, on on my iPad, or anywhere else. It’s not about NOT paying for cable or anything, it’s about viewing options! I assume this isn’t MLB’s call, but they’d probably have many many more subscriptions if people could watch the home team…

Colin Wyers: Ever? Probably. I wouldn’t want to bet on the timeline or what other changes would take place between now and then.

Larry Granillo: Charlie, as I saw someone say on Twitter yesterday, with the amounts of money networks are paying for rights now, I doubt it… at least not any time soon.

Jason Collette: The existing TV contracts teams have in place really make it unlikely to change any time soon. I don’t think offering a double secret premium version of it at an inflated price would fix the issue

Colin Wyers: What’s already starting to happen is partnerships with cable companies. Where if you have the channel on your cable, you can watch without blackouts. It’s very limited now, though.

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HD Games All Over the Place

January 21, 2010

MASN announced their TV schedule for this year’s baseball season, and thanks to the addition of MASN2 in HD, every single game will be offered in High Def. Here’s the schedule if you haven’t seen it. If you hadn’t heard about MASN2 HD, here is the press release on that. Basically, it’s going to be turned on in April. I know my service provider, Comcast, is on the list. Here’s the total channel lineup, plus the list of cable  companies that have “committed to carrying MASN2 HD in 2010.” Hopefully there aren’t any issues, I have no idea WHERE MASN2 HD is going to be located on my channel lineup. In an stroke of uber-helpfulness, MASN gave us this quote: “The easiest way for fans to locate MASN, MASN2, MASN HD and MASN2 HD will be for viewers to check their on-screen channel guides using their television remote.”

MASN HD Finally Here

March 31, 2009

It’s about time, the 40 Nats games in HD last season just weren’t enough. This year, there are more. A few months ago, I went over all the details of the Nats games in HD. The dedicated HD channel launches TOMORROW, April 1. In my neck of the woods, MASN HD will be channel 246, and Comcast subs will find it there or on 201. If you are cooler than me and have FiOS, you probably also have an iPhone and a Mac, you pretentious bastard. You’ll be watching on 577 or 578.

Apparently there are other ways to get TV as well. If you want to find the channel elsewhere, follow this link, and you’ll get to see the complete list.

And of course, if you want to see the broadcast schedule, here it is. Looks like you won’t get to see Jordan Zimmermann’s debut in HD (April 19th). Perhaps a trip out to the ballpark to see it in Real Definition is in order?

Nationals All Over MLB TV

February 27, 2009

Nats fans, the MLB Network can take care of you. For a few hours at least. At the risk of sounding like I’m working for the network, the second most popular team in baseball over the last 2 weeks – hey, only the Yankees have had more news stories than the Nats (this bold claim isn’t based on any facts) – are going to be all over the MLB network.

As I mentioned before, the MLB Network’s 30 Clubs in 30 Days program will be sizing up the Nats. That’s scheduled to air this Saturday, Feb 28, at 8 pm. It will probably re-air a few times, so if you don’t have DVR, know that you are lame, and you can catch up with it later.

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World Baseball Classic Final USA Roster for Real

February 25, 2009

Rosters are finally set for the WBC, although I’ve covered it before, I figured everyone might want a final update. Turns out I was a little off on my last update – it was more of a list of those who said they wanted to play. Here is the actual list of guys on the roster, whittled down from the last list:

C – Brian McCann / Chris Iannetta
1B – Kevin Youkilis
2B – Dustin Pedroia
3B – David Wright / Chipper Jones
SS – Derek Jeter / Jimmy Rollins
LF – Ryan Braun
CF – Grady Sizemore / Curtis Granderson
RF –  Brad Hawpe g3_jeter_wbc
UTIL – Mark DeRosa
SP – Jake Peavy
SP – Roy Oswalt
SP – Ted Lilly
SP – Jeremy Guthrie
RP – J.P. Howell
RP – Brad Ziegler
RP – Matt Lindstrom
RP – Scot Shields
RP – Brian Fuentes
RP – Matt Thornton
RP – Jonathan Broxton
RP – BJ Ryan
RP – JJ Putz
RP – Joe Nathan

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Nats TV Schedule ’09

February 13, 2009

For a weekly blog, there sure are alot of posts this week. But MASN just released the Nats TV schedule, and there’s not much more important to me than baseball and tv. Here is a link to the actual schedule

The highlights are thus:

  • All games will be on, between MASN and MASN2, the difference is irrelevant I think
  • Much more important: By my count, there will be 115 games broadcast in High Definition
  • MASN HD is scheduled to launch April 1
  • The June series against the Yankees and the one against Boston are both in HD. The one against AL champion Tampa Bay is not
  • Lots of HD games against the NL East
    • 16 of 18 games vs Philly
    • 13 of 18 games vs Atlanta
    • 15 of 18 games vs the Metropolitans
    • but only 7 out of 18 games vs Florida
  • The opening day game against Florida is NOT in HD, which, as Charles Micheal Michaels says, bottles the mind

Catching the Nats on TV

March 6, 2008

MASN released their broadcast schedule for the Nationals this week. And it looks pretty much like the Nats schedule, only with some channels under the times. I counted 18 games against the Mets, 13 of which are in HD. So that might be alot of highly defined Johan. Against Atlanta, there are 12 games in HD, which would be much more exciting if this was 1994. Also in HD are the 3 home games against the O’s. Strangely, the 3 games in Baltimore are not only listed in regular def, they are on said to be on MASN2. Then you go to the O’s schedule, the opposite is listed. Must be talking about which broadcast team gets which channel, so I guess those of us with nice TVs will be watching Jim Hunter and Buck Martinez in the booth for those 3 games in BMore, hon.

In terms of games against division rivals not in NY or Atlanta, there are some, but not as many. They play 18 games against each of the other NL East teams, but if you only watch the higher channels, you may not know it. Against the Marlins and the Phillies only 3 games against each team are in HD. I’m disappointed that last season’s NL East winner has so few games in HD on MASN, but at least I won’t have to watch Philly fans. Anyway, this is all a good start, I am not sure why it takes a few years to ramp up the number of games, but 40 HD games is better than none.

Where do I see these games?

I was all excited about the HD capabilities of MASN, but I was a little concerned about where I’d be able to watch it. I know my cable provider, Comcast, has had some past battles with MASN. Nowhere on my Comcast digital cable guide is there a MASN-HD, and I don’t expect Comcast to just create a new channel in 30 days. Thankfully, the situation seems to have a temporary fix for this season. According to the Washington Examiner’s Sports Media Blog, the MASN games will be shown on… [drumroll] the MOJO network! This officially vaults MOJO up to the top of my best channel lineup, the combination of Nats games and my favorite TV show, Three Sheets,Pleepleus may be too much for me to handle. As long as Nats games don’t knock Zane Lamprey and Pleepleus off the air too much, I’m good with this setup. For games scheduled to be broadcast on MY20, they will most likely be on WDCA-DT or whatever the high def version of the channel that has been called everything from DC20 to UPN20 to DCA20 since I was a kid. The few times that the above schedule on MASN lists HD games to be on MASN2, the Orioles games are NOT in HD those days. So I am assuming even though the O’s will be on Standard-D MASN, the Nats will be on MOJO that day. The Examiner blog entry also notes that Comcast’s goal for 2009 is to have a dedicated HD channel for both MASN and CSN+. This is good news, from what I understand there is limited space or bandwidth or whatever they call it, so us sports fans gotta hope we’re top priority.