Bright House Sports Network
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|Bright House Sports Network|
|Owned by||Bright House Networks|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Slogan||Home for High School Sports|
|Broadcast area||St. Petersburg/Orlando, Florida|
|Formerly called||Catch 47 (2004-2008)|
|Bright House Networks||Channel 47 (SD)
Channel 1147 (HD)
Bright House Sports Network is a 24-hour regional sports network in the Tampa Bay and Central Florida areas. The station began in the Tampa Bay region in 2004, and is owned by Bright House Networks, seen exclusively on their systems on cable TV channel 47.
The channel was originally established as Catch 47 (after its cable slot); the channel switched to its current name in September 2008. Also around this time, BHSN was expanded to Bright House's Central Florida systems, covering areas surrounding Orlando.
Programs 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 station airs local high school sports in the "Game of the Week" series, covering football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, and soccer. 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 station 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 their 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.
BHSN’s On Demand, 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. On Demand Specials also include Red Bull Flugtag, Tampa dragon boat races, and Clearwater and Orlando speed boat races.
Prior to 2010, the station 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 about the local pro and college teams, ran from 1997 to 2011. Bright House Sports Network also broadcasted most home games and occasional road games of the Arena Football League's Tampa Bay Storm before the 2009 folding of the league. The announcing team for the Storm games generally consisted of Drew Fellios and former NFL punter Mark Royals.
Programming on other channels 
On March 25, 2007, SportsNet New York (a similar regional sports network in the New York metropolitan area) re-aired then-Catch 47's coverage of a Storm-New York Dragons game 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 stations belonging to Time Warner with fitness shows from its On Demand Channel.