Ducks’ TV schedule includes a welcome upgrade.

The Ducks announced a TV package today that will see 81 of 82 games broadcast live — the other is being blacked out by Versus — and all 81 in high definition.

That last bit of information will come as welcome news to fans who had grown accustomed to squinting to find the puck during regular-defintion broadcasts on KDOC (Channel 56). The Santa Ana-based station has upgraded its equipment to show 17 games in Hi-Def this season. Prime Ticket and Fox Sports West will air an additional 63 games, with the three games between the Kings and Ducks at Staples Center featuring the Kings’ broadcast crew behind the microphone.

The game at Boston on Dec. 20 (4:30 p.m.) will air nationally on Versus. The only game the Ducks will not televise in 2010-11 is the Dec. 21 game at Buffalo (4:30 p.m.), due to a mandatory blackout window during another Versus telecast.

Play-by-play man John Ahlers and analyst Brian Hayward return for their eighth year together as the television broadcast team.


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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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