ESPNU Kicks off HD Football this Week
The Olympics are over, so can the fall football season in HD be far behind? Kicking off tomorrow night (Aug. 28), ESPNU will begin to offer play-by-play coverage in HD for the first time—with its first college game of the season providing a match-up between Vanderbilt and the University of Miami of Ohio, airing in primetime 7:30 p.m. EDT.
Although it’s entering its fourth season of coverage, and ESPNU going 720p was first announced back in late 2007, the fourth ESPN network that devotes itself exclusively to college sports has still not found its way into most of the nation’s homes. Right now it’s pretty much limited to Verizon FiOS, Time Warner Cable, RCN, Broadstripe and Atlantic Broadband—while Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, Dish and other pay-TV venues have yet to find room for ESPNU HD in their respective HD menus.
ESPNU HD plans to cover at least 70 college football contests in the 2008-09 season, followed by college basketball, lacrosse, baseball, softball, volleyball, wrestling and hockey match-ups.
ESPNU HD is owned mostly by Disney/ABC.