A few ways to go here, with some hints to make the visual experience more enjoyable:
== On DirecTV:
The “Masters Experience,” free to customers of the satellite dish network, starts on Channel 701 with its four-in-one picture mix channel starting Thursday — one screen with live coverage as its on ESPN or CBS; one screen with “Amen Corner” (11th, 12th and 13th holes); one screen with coverage of holes 15 and 16, and another screen with a “featured group” — perhaps Tiger’s foursome? Each channel has its own production crew and broadcasters, with a real-time leaderboard.
More info: www.directv.com/masters
== On ESPN:
Locked in with first and second-round coverage, it actually starts with the Par 3 contest live Wednesday (noon to 2 p.m.). Prior to the first round Thursday (1 to 4:30 p.m.), ESPN has been given permission to break into “SportsCenter” with as much as 5 minutes of information starting at 6 a.m. (PDT) with updates — including Tiger Woods’ tee off at 10:42 a.m. (PDT). Most of these will be at the top of each other.
As is with Friday’s second round (also 1 to 4:30 p.m.), there will be a replay each night from 5 to 8 p.m. Mike Tirico will serve as host of ESPN’s telecasts with Curtis Strange in Butler Cabin. CBS will produce the telecasts, which will also include Jim Nantz, Nick Faldo, Peter Oosterhuis, Verne Lundquist, David Feherty, Bill Macatee, Peter Kostis and Ian-Baker Finch.
ESPN will also produce live 3D coverage of the Masters for the Par 3 Contest and all four rounds (Thursday and Friday,1 to 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.), covering the back nine. Customers of Comcast, Cox, Time Warner and Cablevision and via Masters.com can watch with Terry Gannon and Andy North on Wednesday through Friday, and Tirico and North on Saturday and Sunday.
The network, in its 55th year covering, goes with the third round Saturday (12:30 to 4 p.m.) and the final round Sunday (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), plus its 15-minute highlights show on Thursday and Friday at 11:35 p.m. Nantz is doing this for the 25th year (23rd as the host from Butler Cabin). Nick Faldo is in (16th hole), David Feherty (15th hole), Bill Macatee (14th hole), Peter Kostis (13th hole) and Ian Baker-Finch (11th and 12th hole) are on the course.
== On Golf Channel:
Wrap-around coverage amounts to 37 hours with interviews, features and analysis. The network has 25 people on the grounds, including Rich Lerner, Steve Sands, Brian Hammons, Frank Nobilo, Charlie Rymer, Tim Rosaforte, Alex Miceli, John Feinstein, Rex Hoggard and Randall Mell at the event. Kelly Tilghman, Kraig Kann, Brandel Chamblee, John Hawkins, Todd Lewis, Tom Abbott, Scott Walker, Win McMurry, Jay Coffin, Michael Breed and historian Martin Davis are at the Orlando studios, with Ben Crenshaw contributing as well.
The routine, which already started Monday:
Today: 3 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 to 10 a.m.: Billy Payne news conference; 3 to 5 p.m.
Thursday and Friday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.
Sunday: 8 to 11 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
As Masters.com, Ian Eagle and Matt Gogel do live streaming video action for “Amen Corner Live,” with Bobby Clampett for “15 & 16 Live” and Grant Boone and Billy Kratzert for the featured group.
At ESPN3.com (formerly ESPN360.com), there’s live simulcast of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday ESPN coverage.