ESPNU Goes HD, Releases Announcers For CFB Games

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I still don't know anyone without Verizon FIOS that has ESPNU but for the precious few of you that do, you'll be happy to know that the network is now in HD. ESPNU will be ESPN's fourth network in HD and will feature over 200 events in HD over the next year....

ESPNU will kick off its fourth season of presenting live college football games with the launch of its new high definition network, ESPNU HD, on Thursday, Aug. 28. The first ESPNU event to be televised in high definition will feature a college football matchup between the SEC’s Vanderbilt and the MAC’s Miami (Ohio) in prime time at 7:30 p.m. ET. The network will showcase more than 70 live college football games, with all of its Thursday and Saturday telecasts in HD.

On Monday, Aug. 11, the 24-hour college sports network will begin its college football studio coverage with seven preview shows featuring all six BCS conferences, plus a one-hour show (Aug. 17 at 10 a.m.) highlighting all the other Division I schools and conferences. ESPNU anchors Lowell Galindo and Mike Gleason will alternate hosting the one-hour shows and will be joined by returning college football analysts Mike Gottfried and Tom Luginbill, as well as newcomers and former college (Nebraska) and NFL teammates (Carolina Panthers) Mike Minter and Mike Rucker.
Interesting cast of characters there, and here are your announcers for the 2008 College Football Season....

Thursday Night: Charlie Neal and Jay Walker
Saturday (Noon): Dave Armstrong and Larry Coker
Saturday (3:30pm): Doug Bell and Charles Arbuckle
Saturday (7pm): Clay Matvick and David Diaz-Infante
Saturday (10:30pm): Dwayne Ballen and Eddie Robinson Jr.

Only live games will be in HD on the network, but that should be a great number of the contests, and they've got some good games to check out this season. Their schedule is highlighted by games featuring Boston College, Connecticut, Florida State, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, and UVA. More announcing schedules to comes as they are released.

(Via ESPN PR)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 10:21 AM

8 Comments:

/Insert Gmoney glee here...unless ESPNU isn't part of his cable package

Anonymous said...
Jul 29, 2008, 10:51:00 AM  

EXACTLY, anon!!! I'll be there though because nothing screams football louder than Oxford, OH.

Early line has the RedHawks favored over Vandy by 1.5. MAC > SEC

GMoney said...
Jul 29, 2008, 12:01:00 PM  

Dish Network has had ESPNU since the beginning. channel 148 or something like that. tWWL now will take every channel from 140 to 148 on Dish, if you count the alternates for blackouts and the HD and SD versions of each. dang!

Ian said...
Jul 29, 2008, 12:45:00 PM  

Ian said it before I could. ESPNU isn't on the two lower-tier packages, but it comes on the "America's Top 200" and everything above that.

Did I dream this, or did someone somewhere say that Larry Coker made a pretty competent color guy last season?

James said...
Jul 29, 2008, 1:21:00 PM  

I get ESPNU with Dish Network.

I gotta like the Redhawks in that one, GMoney. Only one question, where is Mike Gottfried? Did he retire or something? The 7:00 PM lineup with Armstrong and Gottfried was the best thing the network had going. And I do like Diaz-Infante and Charlie Neal.

Eric said...
Jul 29, 2008, 2:43:00 PM  

ESPNU is on the digital tier on Time Warner in Los Angeles. I just moved East and am now trying to get Verizon just to get ESPNU. I wanted to hate it at first, but it's in many ways better than the bigger ESPNs because it sticks to the basics. I hope this HD move doesn't change that.

Anonymous said...
Jul 29, 2008, 2:44:00 PM  

ESPNU is now on most comcast systems. It finally came on line here in Philly on July 15.

Brian said...
Jul 29, 2008, 7:09:00 PM  

ESPNU is on DirecTV channel 609.

Desmond said...
Jul 31, 2008, 2:31:00 PM  

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