NHL on HDNet
|NHL on HDNet|
|Starring||See commentators section|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||150 minutes or until game ends|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||October 4, 2001 –|
April 5, 2008
NHL on HDNet is a TV show that televises National Hockey League games on HDNet (broadcasting exclusively in high-definition form). The NHL was the first professional sports league to sign up with HDNet, when it launched in 2001.
HDnet's coverage began in the 2001–02 season with a 65 game schedule. HDNet produced broadcasts in conjunction with several Fox Sports Net regional outlets, sharing audio and graphics with FSN's standard definition production units. NHL on HDNet prototypically, aired on Tuesday and Friday nights during its early years.
While there was no coverage during the 2004–05 season due to the lockout, HDNet instead, produced a series called NHL Relived, a special series featuring the best games from the 2003–04 season, including the NHL All-Star Game and Stanley Cup Playoff games.
When HDNet's coverage resumed following the lockout, they reduced their schedule from 65 games to 52 games (bumped up to 53 the following year) on Thursday and Saturday nights. By this time, it was apparent that HDNet would add games to this broadcast schedule bi-monthly so that they will be able to feature what they would consider hottest players, teams and match ups at the moment (a flexible schedule in other words).
For the 2007–08 season (HDNet's final season of NHL coverage), HDNet premiered the weekly program entitled Inside the NHL. Hosted by Dan Moriarty, Inside the NHL featured programming regarding the upcoming game airing on HDNet, in-depth interviews with the biggest stars in the NHL, the latest news from around league, the top highlights from the current week, and unique features showcasing NHL's biggest stars as well as celebrity fans. Inside the NHL was shot on the location of every HDNet Thursday night NHL game.
Unlike most other broadcasters offering high definition programming, HDNet is not available in standard definition. HDNet's sports programming also uses wider shots of the playing field or arena than most SD telecasts, since the network does not have to protect the shot for a 4:3 aspect ratio, giving HDNet the ability to fill the entire 16:9 widescreen with detail. Other networks that simulcast an event in standard definition must protect the shot for the 4:3 aspect ratio.
- Jack Edwards (play-by-play/NHL Relived host)
- Grant Fuhr (color commentary)
- Dan P. Kelly (play-by-play)
- Ron Kruck (studio host)
- Larry Murphy (color commentary)
- Judd Sirott (play-by-play)
- John Vanbiesbrouck (color commentary)
- "NHL in HD" Coverage Begins on HDNet Oct. 4 Archived December 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- HDNet Gives Hockey Fans an Instant Replay with "NHL Relived"
- NHL & HDNet Announce 2006–2007 HDTV Schedule[dead link]
- NHL & HDNet Announce 2005–06 HDTV Schedule[dead link]
- Two Young NHL Superstars Go Head-to-head This Saturday On HDNet[dead link]
- HDNet to present history in the making as the Buffalo Sabres go for new NHL record[dead link]
- HDNet Announces Second Installment of NHL Season-Long Coverage Every Thursday and Saturday until the February Olympic Break[dead link]
- High Definition Network maintains a flexible schedule in order to feature top match ups as the race for the Stanley Cup begins[dead link]
- NHL & HDNet Announce "Flex" Game Schedule For December and January[dead link]
- NHL & HDNet Announce HDTV Schedule for February Archived September 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- NHL & HDNet Announce "Flex" Game Schedule For February and March[dead link]
- HDNet to Open NHL Season With the First Game of 2007–08 Live from London – Saturday, September 29[dead link]
- National Hockey League and HDNet Join Forces to Take Fans "Inside the NHL"[dead link]
- Sports on HDNet Archived March 1, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
- HDNet Announces Broadcast Team for The NHL on HDNet Archived June 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine