HDNet scores with MLS carriage deal

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HDNet has signed a three-year deal with Major League Soccer to carry weekly games broadcast in the high-definition TV format. The HDTV broadcasts begin April 12 and will run at least 28 straight Saturdays, ending in mid-October.

The all-HD cable and satellite service was co-founded by Mark Cuban, who made his money as founder of Broadcast.com, which was subsequently sold to Yahoo! The MLS games will be broadcast in the interlaced 1080 format in a 16-by-9 aspect ratio. HDNet will produce the broadcasts, with veteran MLS announcer Glenn Davis providing play-by-play and former MLS player Marcelo Balboa doing color commentary.

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