The A’s have managed to extricate themselves from the messy scheduling predicament that is Comcast SportsNet Bay Area with their move to Comcast SportsNet California.
145 games will be included on the expanded CSNCA schedule, with 75 in HD. It’s not yet known on what channel the HD broadcasts will be aired, but there is an empty Comcast 721 slot which can serve as CSNCA’s HD feed. On satellite services, the distinction between SD and HD feeds is not so clear-cut, so we’ll have to see how that shakes out.
On Comcast-serviced cities in the Bay Area, CSNCA will be on channel 89 starting March 11. This may coincide with other channel transitions, many of them related to Comcast’s analog-to-digital switch.
The team will share the channel with the Kings, which should work well since there is little overlap between the NBA and MLB seasons. In cases of overlap, the CSN+ channel will still be available for occasional use. For the three games to be broadcast on CSN+ in 2009, this will only be the case in the Sacramento area. Bay Area viewers will see the game on the main CSNCA channel.
CSNCA and CSNBA will revamp their local programming offerings, including:
Among the new additions coming in April are SportsNet Central, a daily locally-focused sports show that will cover hometown teams, breaking local and national stories and updated scores. A separate show, Chronicle Live, will be produced in conjunction with the San Francisco newspaper’s sports department. The show will be an hour-long daily sports talk show.
Few things are more appealing than Ray Ratto’s mug on my TV screen. I also wonder if this means the end for the simulcast of Gary Radnich’s KNBR show (I’m sure in the minority on this – I love Radnich all the way back to the BayTV days).