>THIS JUST IN: All 145 Reds Games HD on Fox Sports OH, PLUS Local 12 Reaches Broadcast Deal for XU, UK Games This week

>Two late breaking stories, just coming in…

All Reds Games HD: We just got this word off the Fox Sports Ohio Facebook page.

They just announced there that all 145 Cincinnati Reds baseball games they will air will be in High Definition, including Opening Day.

Also, they announced that WKRC-TV 12/Cincinnati will simulcast the coverage of Opening Day, which as we write this is just about 2 weeks away, beginning at 1 PM. (We assume this means WKRC will either blow out the CBS daytime schedule or move it to their CW Cincinnati subchannel.)

Here’s most of the FSO official release, which you can also view, along with the COMPLETE Reds schedule, here:

All 145 Cincinnati Reds Games in HD

ALL FOX Sports Ohio Reds telecasts to be in high definition this season

Local 12 WKRC-TV will simulcast Opening Day on Monday, April 5

CINCINNATI, OHIO – FOX Sports Ohio announced today the entire 2010 Cincinnati Reds 145-game telecast schedule will be in crystal clear high definition. Henry Ford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, FOX Sports Ohio, made the announcement.

“We’re proud and very excited that we will produce and deliver ALL 145 Reds games in High Definition this season,” stated Ford. “You can feel the fan excitement for Red’s baseball growing throughout Spring Training. Folks logging on to foxsportsohio.com are following the nuances of player development and expressing interest in daily recaps of what’s going on in Goodyear. As we head into the regular season, we are delighted to continue that momentum and heighten the fan experience with enhanced telecasts in HD.”

As previously announced, FOX Sports Ohio begins its 145-game schedule of Reds baseball with the team’s home opener on Monday, April 5 at 1pm against division rival St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park.

FOX Sports Ohio is also happy to partner with Local 12 WKRC-TV to simulcast Reds Opening Day.

Local12 Vice-President and General Manager Les Vann said, “Local 12 WKRC-TV is proud to partner with Fox Sports Ohio to bring you the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Game! There is nothing more local than the tradition and pride of The Cincinnati Reds and the history of opening day baseball, right here on Local 12. We would like to thank Fox Sports Ohio and the Reds for this partnership.”

Coverage will begin with Reds Live pre-game show, presented by Ray St. Clair Roofing, at 12:30pm. Jim Day, Jeff Piecoro and Brian Giesenschlag will take the field to feature all the Opening Day festivities.

FOX Sports Ohio is proud to announce two new production enhancements for the 2010 season: FOX Trax and X-Mo.

FOX Trax is the newest broadcast enhancement that presents statistics about pitches in real-time. Powered by Major League Baseball’s official pitch tracking system, FOX Trax will show viewers new and compelling data elements such as break, release and end speed, spin direction and pinpoint location of the ball as it crosses the front of home plate. Combined with a pitch type classification graphic, viewers will have more insight into pitcher strategy that will make the action even more engaging and exciting.

X-MO is a high speed camera/replay device that will bring viewers incredible clarity on replays. X-MO will be able to slow an image down to 3,000 frames per second versus a normal frame of video which is 30 frames per second. Therefore, Reds fans will be able to see plays slowed down to 100 times their normal speed. Using this amazing technology, game details such as the rotation of a pitch or the splintering of a bat will now be seen in crystal clarity.

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Our Take: This is good news for people with HDTV sets. They can watch the game in HD. And believe us, HD makes any game better.

Also, the partnership with WKRC is good for those wanting to catch Opening Day but who don’t have cable or satellite to get FSO in the Cincinnati area. Opening Day is practically a city-wide holiday, no matter how bad the Reds may have done the previous season because it’s a clean slate…and everybody wants to start fresh if it was not a good year…

WKRC Reaches Deal For Sweet 16: If you’re following March Madness, as we have been, you know both University of Kentucky and Xavier University men’s teams advanced to the Sweet 16 over the weekend. For Cincinnati area fans of both teams, this is good news.

The problem for WKRC-TV was, both games happen Thursday night. Xavier tips off at 9:37 PM, with Kentucky’s game starting 20 minutes later.

The good news was that WKRC just announced this afternoon that they will be able to cover both games. UK’s tilt with Cornell will be bumped to the CW Cincinnati while Xavier faces off with Kansas State on WKRC’s main channel.

If you’ve got Time Warner Cable, UK will be on channel 20. If you’ve got Insight or DirectTV, channel 25 is where to go to watch Kentucky versus Cornell.

Our Take: Great work by WKRC. Both games will air locally, and fans of both teams will be happy…

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