Fox Sports Net is jumping into high-definition production with some of its
local and regional sports coverage.
Time Warner Cable will offer FSN games from Fox's 13 owned-and-operated regional sports networks as part of the MSO's latest free HDTV
Along with Fox, Time Warner will carry Discovery HD Theater and In Demand's
two upcoming HD channels.
Time Warner will charge extra for In Demand, although it hasn't set pricing
yet, since the service involves new channels.
Since Fox and Discovery are part of existing services, those services will be
Time Warner already offers free HD programming from Showtime, Home Box Office and the
seven broadcast networks.
Fox Sports Net will concentrate its efforts in markets it shares with Time
Warner, including Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Orlando, Fla.; Houston; and North Carolina.
Fox will produce the games locally in high definition.
Time Warner will likely offer the games on the In Demand channels, pre-empting
In Demand programming.
FSN in HD should arrive in the fourth quarter, in time for the
start of the National Basketball Association and National Hockey League seasons.
Discovery HD will be available later this summer, and the In Demand channels
debut in September.