Spectrum Sports (Florida)
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|Closed||December 31, 2017|
|Owned by||Charter Communications|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Slogan||Home for High School Sports|
|Broadcast area||St. Petersburg and Orlando, Florida|
|Formerly called||Catch 47 (2004–2008)
Bright House Sports Network (2008-2016)
|Website||Bay News 9 website
News 13 website
|Spectrum||Channel 47 (SD)
Channel 1147 (HD)
Channel 520 (VOD)
Spectrum Sports (formerly known as Bright House Sports Network) is a soon-to-be-defunct American regional sports network serving the Tampa Bay and Orlando metropolitan areas of Florida, that is owned by cable television provider Charter Communications which exclusively carries the channel on Standard Definition channel 47 and High Definition channel 1147.
The channel was originally established in the Tampa Bay area in 2004, as Catch 47 (named after its cable channel slot). In September 2008, Corporate VP Elliott Wiser and General Manager Paul Kosuth relaunched the channel as Bright House Sports Network. The Network's carriage was expanded to Bright House's Central Florida systems. In 2012, the channel won sole rights to air all post season high school games. Bright House was acquired by Charter in May 2016, along with Time Warner Cable, and on November 15, 2016, Bright House Sports Network was renamed as Spectrum Sports, as Bright House on the same day became Spectrum.
As part of a company-wide restructuring, the channel is slated to be discontinued by the end of 2017.
Programs featured on Spectrum Sports include Spectrum Sports 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. Spectrum Sports 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.
Spectrum Sports 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 (now Charter Communications) is also the sponsor of UCF's on-campus stadium, Bright House Networks Stadium.
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
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.
Spectrum Sports On Demand
Spectrum Sports On Demand, which is carried on channel 520, carries ESPN Local including select University of Florida, Florida State University, University of South Florida, and University of Miami 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.
- Bright House Sports Network Archived August 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- Tom Jones' TV Two Cents: Big changes at Spectrum Sports ... compelling Rays weekend. TBO.com. Retrieved October 10, 2017.