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What you need to know for 09/26/2017

Spectrum Sports channel dropped

Spectrum Sports channel dropped

High school football games on Spectrum News
Spectrum Sports channel dropped
Spectrum Sports no longer exists in the Capital Region.
Photographer: Ken Schott/Gazette Sportswriter

When the 2017 high school football season commences in September, Capital Region sports fans who want to watch the Friday game of the week will have to do so on a different Spectrum Cable channel.

Charter Communications, which runs Spectrum Cable (formerly known as Time Warner Cable), recently shut down Spectrum Sports channels 50/323 and 324 on the system. The new home for the high school football broadcasts will be on Spectrum News, which is on cable channels 1, 9 and 200.

Spectrum subscribers who have tuned in to channels 50/323 and 324 looking for sports coverage instead see the Spectrum Sports logo with the message “The Service has ceased operation in your area and is no longer available.” The channel was shut down earlier this month.

Spectrum Sports and its predecessor, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, offered a wide variety of sports offerings. Besides high school football, Spectrum Sports televised the state high school basketball and wrestling championships, Siena basketball and college hockey featuring Union, RIT, Canisius and Niagara.

A Charter Communications spokesperson issued a statement Monday on the change.

“We have decided to combine our Spectrum Sports group with our Spectrum News team in Albany to create an even more impactful station that serves the changing needs of our customers,” the statement said. “We will leverage the power of our upstate New York Spectrum News channels by scheduling marquee football games on the networks on Friday nights throughout the season. We will also elevate the depth and breadth of our local sports news coverage.”

As for non-high school football offerings, the statement said: “Finally, we plan to place additional local sports programming on an authenticated digital platform available exclusively to Spectrum subscribers. Our goal with this platform is to be able to better reach our viewers, no matter where they are when a game is on.  We will also continue to offer the games on demand.”

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Ken Schott at 395-3159, schott@dailygazette.com or on Twitter @slapschotts. Read his take on sports broadcasting any time by checking out his blog, Parting Schotts.

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