Lost amid all of the Radio Canine News of the past couple of days...
Cleveland-based regional sports network SportsTime Ohio has announced the upcoming launch of a 24/7 HDTV channel.
The full-time HD channel, complete with local studio productions done in HD, is set to launch April 1st... just in time for the Cleveland Indians' regular season. STO had already announced that all Indians games, home and away, will be in HD for the regular season.
Now, who will carry it?
"We are pleased to announce that Armstrong, Buckeye CableSystem, Cox Communications, GLW Broadband, Insight Communications and most Time Warner Cable systems have agreed to carry STO HD full-time. All of our cable and satellite providers that carried our Indians games in HD last season will carry all STO HD Indians games in 2008, but the aforementioned cable systems have made the commitment to carry the full-time STO HD channel. We are working diligently with all of our cable and satellite affiliates to make STO HD a full-time channel," said Ed Niemi, VP of Affiliate Relations & Distribution for SportsTime Ohio.
Hmm. "Most" Time Warner Cable systems?
We'll have to assume that a new STO HD channel is on the docket, somewhere, when Northeast Ohio TWC systems do that previous digital channel realignment - somewhere around March 4th.
There's no word on if DirecTV or Dish Network are planning to carry the STO HD full-time channel at this time...