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DIRECTV Airs Fox Sports San Diego In HD
By Swanni 

Washington, D.C. (March 18, 2012) -- DIRECTV last night aired the first San Diego Padres game broadcast by the new Fox Sports San Diego channel in High-Definition.

However, UTSanDiego.com reports that the sports channel tweeted last night that DIRECTV will only carry its live games, not other programming such as studio shows and documentaries. That essentially makes Fox Sports San Diego a part-time channel on the satcaster's lineup. (DIRECTV aired the live game last night on channel 694-1.)

But it was not clear until last night if DIRECTV would add the channel in high-def. Sports Business Journal reported a few weeks ago that
DIRECTV will soon add the regional sports channel, but did not report whether it would be in SD or HD.

Fox Sports San Diego recently signed a 20-year contract to broadcast the Padres games. Previously, the Cox Communications-owned Channel 4 in the San Diego area had the rights to the Padres.

Over the years, Cox refused to offer the games to other TV providers except for Time Warner Cable, which does not compete directly with Cox. But now DIRECTV subscribers will get to see the Padres on Fox Sports San Diego - and in high-def.

UTSanDiego.com also reported that Cox, which has the rights to the channel as well, did not carry the Padres in high-def last night. Time Warner, Dish and AT&T, which also serves the greater San Diego area, has yet to sign a programming pact with the new channel.

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