Time Warner Cable and KCAL 9 to present Lakers Basketball and Dodgers Baseball in HD
Time Warner Cable, a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. and CBS Corporation’s KCAL 9 announced the launch of KCAL 9 HD, a new high-definition channel for customers of Time Warner Cable southern
California. Available as part of Time Warner Cable’s basic HD service, KCAL 9 HD will be located on Time Warner Cable Channel 409 and will officially debut on Friday, February 2 at 5:30 p.m. with the Los Angeles Lakers’ game at
All 18 of KCAL’s remaining 2006-07 regular season Lakers games, plus Lakers playoff games on KCAL, will be produced in high definition. The announcement coincides with the 30th anniversary of Lakers basketball on KCAL, the team’s flagship station.
In addition, KCAL 9 HD plans to deliver all of its 2007 Los Angeles Dodgers game broadcasts in high definition beginning on Friday, March 30 with the Dodgers’ Freeway Series game against the Angels.
KCAL 9 HD and sister station CBS 2 HD will also begin producing 11 hours of live, local newscasts in high definition each weekday beginning this spring, when the stations move into their new state-of-the art HD broadcast facility in Studio City, California.
KCAL 9 HD is available at no extra cost to all Time Warner Cable digital customers who have an HD receiver, and joins sister station KCBS (Channel 402), plus KNBC (404), KABC (407), KTTV (411) and KCET (412) on its local HD lineup.
Don Corsini, President & General Manager, KCAL 9 and CBS 2 stated: “The Lakers and Dodgers are two of the most prestigious sports franchises in the world and we are thrilled to be able to partner with Time Warner Cable to deliver pristine, high-definition broadcasts that will significantly add to the fans’ viewing experience. It’s the dawn of an exciting new era in local sports broadcasting.”
“With this launch, Time Warner Cable proudly offers our customers the most complete local HD lineup on the market,” said Jeffrey Hirsch, division president, Time Warner Cable. “Time Warner Cable is the first and currently the only cable/satellite service to distribute KCAL in high definition. It’s another way Time Warner Cable strives to bring the very best content in the best possible quality to the communities we serve.”