TV Upgrade for Your Washington Capitals

Have you been procrastinating that big HDTV purchase, waiting for prices to drop? Well you may want to ante up by October 6, when Comcast SportsNet’s Washington Capitals coverage begins.

This year Comcast will be broadcasting 50 Capitals games in High Definition, plus 23 non-HD games for a total of 73.

Per the Capitals’ press release:

Comcast SportsNet will preview the Washington Capitals season with Caps Week on the network beginning Monday, Oct. 6. Leading up to the regular-season opener, the network will treat viewers to daily features and interviews within SportsNite and Washington Post Live, along with re-airing some of the most exiting games from last year’s historical run to the playoffs. Capitals Postgame Live, with comprehensive postgame coverage, is scheduled to air following each game on the network.

“It was incredible to be part of the Washington Capitals historic playoff run last season and to watch the success of one of the most exciting young teams in the league unfold on our air,” said Rebecca Schulte, senior vice president and general manager of Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. “This season Comcast SportsNet is teaming up with the Capitals to provide . . . more high-definition games than ever before and full postgame coverage immediately following each matchup.”

For the full schedule of Caps games on Comcast (regular and HD), click here.

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13 Responses to TV Upgrade for Your Washington Capitals

  1. JR says:

    Are you MF kidding me? Two NO TV games because of that horse-shein Versus deal???

  2. JR, I agree, it’s disappointing that two games will not be televised. At least they’re home games — and against opponents (Nashville, Florida) that are less likely to sell out — so in-person attendance is an option for most fans.
    Oh, and excellent use of the phrase “horse-shein”. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. JR says:

    True, although they are all ‘away’ games for me, living in Minnesota. Upon further reflection, I applaud making the Florida game unavailable and encourage them to consider making all the Florida games un-televised. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. It never ceases to amaze me what occasions ire and outrage when perfection is made enemy of the amazing. I write as one who spent a full decade following the Caps with no broadcast media help here but that of WTOP and Ron Weber. The arrival of Home Team Sports was a transcendant moment.
    Merely 73 games (locally) on the tube; how will we ever follow the team indeed.

  5. Ha! Excellent suggestion JR — no need to inflict the Panthers on loyal Caps’ viewers.
    Pucks is right, though: the coverage is getting better all the time. While the 2 untelevised games is a slight step back from the impressive achievement of getting all 82 on TV for the first time (another Leonsis success), the increase in HD broadcasts is a huge leap forward.

  6. JR says:

    Appreciate the historical context but one must consider the reason not just the result. Yes, it’s a bonanza, but every game broadcast and every game in HD is a reasonable expectation in aught-9.

  7. Dave says:

    Is that 50 games IN HD, or 50 games on the Concast HD channel? There is a HUGH difference. Most of the games on Concast HD are not broadcast in HD. They are in 4:3 format not WS. Anyone know which it is?

  8. Good question Dave. Per the Caps’ press release and Comcast’s site, the games will be broadcast in HD, not just 4:3 on their HD channel. I can’t speak to the post-game shows and other Caps-related broadcasts, but it seems the 50 games listed will indeed be true HD.

  9. pepper says:

    Now, when does all this bounty translate for us out of towners watching on CI?
    I noticed that baseball this year finally included an HD channel on the extra innings package, but not having CI games in HD, where they are broadcast that way locally, is, to echo JR’s comments, inexcusable. Especially since the customer had express quite a willingness to pay extra for an HD-CI.

  10. pgreene says:

    not that it matters to me b/c i’m watching on center ice, but you’d think the most successful and exciting team in years wouldn’t warrant fewer televised games. and it’s the height of assininity (yes it’s a word) that we have two games not on at all. let’s take the most dynamic player in the league and sit him entirely for any kind of audience twice. good idea. how hard would it be to not schedule other games on versus exclusive nights, honestly?

  11. JR says:

    pepper, most, if not all the comcast HD games are on CI, as long as you have a newer receiver (mpeg-4 capable).

  12. Sombrero Guy says:

    Glad to see extra HD offerings beyond the home games, but why leave 2 games off completely? What could they have better to broadcast on a Tuesday night?

  13. Gustafsson says:

    Sombrero Guy,
    You can thank Versus and their “exclusive nights” for those two Tuesday “blackouts”.

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