Fans of both the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox should probably buy some fresh batteries for their TV remotes. They’ll be doing a lot of channel clicking over at least the next week or two.
With the Bruins already having started their NHL postseason play, there could be as many as four conflicts between telecasts of Sox regular season games and Bruins’ first round playoff games against Montreal over the next 12 days on New England Sports Network’s broadcast schedule.
The first of those is Saturday, when the Sox host Baltimore at 7 p.m. and the Bruins host the Canadiens at 8.
For the first time, NESN will deliver both games simultaneously in high definition (HD) to digital cable and satellite subscribers.
For regular cable subscribers in many New England markets, some cable providers have made arrangements with NESN to provide Bruins games on NESN’s regular channel position and Sox broadcasts on cable access channels.
For Bangor-area customers of Time Warner non-digital cable, that means Saturday night’s Sox telecast will air on Time Warner cable access channel 12 and the Bruins’ game will air on NESN. Those same customers will not be able to get the Sox in HD, however.
Other potential conflict dates are April 22, 27, and 29.
Here are other cable company alternative channels for Sox games conflicting with Bruins playoff telecasts:
· Bee Line cable customers will get Sox games on channel 23.
· Comcast Brunswick and southern Maine customers will get the Sox on Ch. 81. (Southern Maine Comcast customers can also get Sox HD telecasts on channel 817.
· Comcast Lincolnville will see the Sox on Ch. 3.
· Comcast Mattawamkeag will see the Sox on Ch. 43.
· Comcast MetroCast customers will get the Sox on Ch. 78 and Sox HD on Ch. 733.
· Oxford Broadband customers will get Sox on Ch. 31.
· Time Warner Cable Presque Isle and all other area customers will see the Sox on Ch. 9.
Polaris cable subscribers in Maine will have to check with Polaris as an alternate Sox channel had yet to be determined as of Thursday night.
These alternate channels are only for Red Sox telecasts on dates of potential Sox/Bruins conflicts April 18, 22, 27 and 29. All other Red Sox games will be aired on NESN’s regular channel position.