Bright House Sports Network

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Bright House Sports Network
Bright House Sports Network logo.jpg
Launched 2004[when?]
Owned by Bright House Networks
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan Home for High School Sports
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area St. Petersburg and Orlando, Florida
Headquarters Orlando, Florida
Formerly called Catch 47 (2004–2008)
Website bhsn.com
Availability
Cable
Bright House Networks Channel 47 (SD)
Channel 1147 (HD)
Channel 520 (VOD)

Bright House Sports Network (BHSN) is an American regional sports network serving the Tampa Bay and Orlando metropolitan areas of Florida, that is owned by cable television provider Bright House Networks, which exclusively carries the channel on cable channel 47.[1]

History[edit]

Logo as Catch 47, used from 2004 to 2008.

The channel was originally established in the Tampa Bay area in 2004, as Catch 47 (named after its cable channel slot); the channel switched to its current name, Bright House Sports Network, in September 2008. Also around this time, Bright House Sports Network's carriage was expanded to Bright House's Central Florida systems, covering areas surrounding Orlando.

Programming[edit]

Programs featured on Bright House Sports Network include BHSN Sport Stories, a monthly show covering local stories and interviews, Prep Sports Showcase, and "The Sunday Night Fish Fry," which includes Average Angler Adventures.

The channel airs local high school sports in the "Game of the Week" series, covering football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, and soccer events. BHSN provides the semi-finals and finals from the Florida High School Athletic Association in swimming and diving, cheerleading, lacrosse, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, and soccer.

Bright House Sports Network provides select coverage of the University of South Florida Bulls athletics, including: football and basketball. In late 2008, the channel used its expanded coverage within the Central Florida market to start televising basketball and football games of the University of Central Florida. The first few games were rebroadcasts from Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) and the CBS College Sports Network; however, on January 6, 2009 Bright House Sports Network produced its first UCF basketball game against the College of the Holy Cross. Bright House Networks is also the sponsor of UCF's on-campus stadium, Bright House Networks Stadium.

In addition, Bright House Sports Network airs nationwide sports programs from sources such as ESPN Plus and America One. During the overnight hours, it simulcasts programming from ESPNEWS.

Prior to 2010, the channel aired Press Box, Xtra Point, Lightning Strikes, The Baysball Show and Beef 'O' Brady's High School Scoreboard. The Toyota Sports Connection, a nightly show focusing on local professional and college teams, ran from 1997 to 2011. Bright House Sports Network also broadcast most home games and occasional road games of the Arena Football League's Tampa Bay Storm before the league folded in 2009. The announcing team for the Storm games generally consisted of Drew Fellios and former NFL punter Mark Royals.

Programming on other channels[edit]

On March 25, 2007, SportsNet New York (a similar regional sports network in the New York metropolitan area) rebroadcast then-Catch 47's coverage of a game between the Tampa Bay Storm and the New York Dragons from two days earlier. SNY opted to broadcast the game straight from the Catch 47 broadcast, neither editing any part of the coverage (aside from commercials), nor dubbing the game with SNY's own announcers. In 2012, BHSN provided other channels belonging to Time Warner with fitness shows from its On Demand service.

Other services[edit]

BHSN On Demand[edit]

BHSN On Demand, which is carried on channel 520, carries ESPN Local including select University of Florida, Florida State University, University of South Florida, and Miami University football and basketball games. Coverage showcasing local high school bands, cheerleading squads, and dance teams airs weekly. Specials featured on the video on demand service also include Red Bull Flugtag, Tampa dragon boat races, and Clearwater and Orlando speed boat races.

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