Originally Posted by hookbill
Last year since I didn't have CBS in hd I didn't watch that many Browns games. Are you saying the majority of Browns games were NOT broadcast in hd?
Oh, no...I mean none of the preseason ones were, or will be.
In the regular season itself, WOIO carries whatever HD games CBS sends, that are appropriate for its market. So, if the Browns game is in HD, they'll have it. If another non-Browns game is in HD, and is available to it, they'll have it. They will run whatever game(s) they run on the analog channel...there's no splitting of games separately on the DT side. But if that game on the analog channel happens to be in HD, it'll be in HD on WOIO-DT.
This is all about regular season. The preseason runs under local broadcast rights rules.
The problem last year, of course, was that as the Browns started stinking up the place, CBS had less incentive to add the Browns games in HD. I don't know when they make the decision to send the HD truck, but I don't seem to recall many HD Browns games after about mid-season... If the Browns are playing a major market team (NYC, etc.), or a very good team in a major market (New England, etc.), that increases the chances of an HD game, especially if it's being broadcast back to that market.
The other problem here is that CBS only does (even this year) 3 HD games a week. If FOX covers the game, it'd likely be in HD, as they do nearly all of theirs in HD. So, when the Redskins came to town last year, it was on FOX 8 in HD.
Usual TV rules apply...the road team's conference determines who does the game. All Browns regular season road games are on CBS (WOIO). Home games can be on CBS, if the Browns play an AFC team, or on FOX, if they play an NFC team.