The fact that hockey is advertised as the greatest sport for high-definition, and Fox Sports Net West has been less than committed toward putting the resources forward to give the Kings as many HD broadcasts as possible, the official decision today that the team’s entire TV slate will be in HDTV comes as a welcome relief to most fans — especially those who find they can’t afford to pay for the season seats any long as are committed toward home viewing for the time being.
A year ago, it was just 10 HD telecasts on FSN West. Now it’s 68 of the 82 games.
Coverage starts with the first 16 games on FSN West, starting with the regular-season opener on Oct. 3 at Staples Center against Phoenix. Several times during the season, Prime Ticket will have the game instead of FSN West, including three where the Ducks’ home-team broadcast will carry the game to Southern California.
None of the Kings’ seven exhibition games (starting Tuesday) are on TV.
Only three Kings games are slated for national telecasts, including Nov. 9 at Chicago (Versus).
Hall of Fame play-by-play man Bob Miller returns for his 37th season, with Jim Fox back for his 20th season as the analyst. Steven “Hoover” Dorfman (a Montclair Prep grad) starts his first year producing the game telecasts, with Mike Hassan as the director. Heidi Androl is back as a reporter, along with Patrick O’Neal.
More on the Kings’ TV schedule (linked here).