UH adds HD to home pay-per-view


POSTED: Thursday, August 06, 2009

The Hawaii football, women's volleyball and men's basketball teams had better be ready for their close-ups.

Oceanic Time Warner Cable and KFVE announced its lineup of pay-per-view events yesterday, with all of the home events available in high definition for the first time.

The package features nine football games — including four road games — the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic and three men's basketball games.






        Sept. 4, Central Arkansas

        Sept. 12, at Washington State

        Oct. 10, Fresno State

        Oct. 17, at Idaho

        Oct. 24, Boise State

        Oct. 31, at Nevada

        Nov. 7, Utah State

        Nov. 14, New Mexico State

        Nov. 21, at San Jose State

        Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic
        Sept. 3: Texas vs. California Hawaii vs. St. Louis
        Sept. 5: California vs. St. Louis Hawaii vs. Texas
        Sept. 6: St. Louis vs. Texas Hawaii vs. California


        Nov. 27, New Mexico
        Dec. 6, Lamar
        Dec. 12, Chicago State


“;There's nothing like being at the game, but if you can't be there, this is the best deal in the country,”; UH athletic director Jim Donovan said. “;There's more value for the fans. We're happy Oceanic and KFVE were able to partner with us and get this done.”;

The road football games (Washington State, Idaho, Nevada and San Jose State) will be shown in standard definition and are available to UH football season-ticket holders for $99.

The Warriors' game at UNLV on Sept. 19 will be carried by CBS College Sports Network, and kickoff has been moved to 8 p.m. Pacific time (5 p.m. in Hawaii).

While the UH-UNLV game is not part of the PPV package, CBS College Sports is included in Oceanic's 11-channel Digital Sports Pak, which will be available to pay-per-view subscribers at no extra charge through Dec. 31.

The cost of the package has increased to $400 for renewals and $480 for new purchases for Oahu subscribers, a result of the upgrade to HD. Games purchased individually range from $25 for basketball to $65 for football. Neighbor island prices are half the Oahu prices.

“;With the benefit of seeing all the home games in HD quality and the added bonus of getting 11 additional cable sports channels thrown in, this is the best pay-per-vew package we've ever seen,”; KFVE general manager John Fink said. “;I just hope (Rainbow Wahine volleyball coach) Dave Shoji doesn't mind some close-ups we'll have of him in HD.”;

Oceanic will also stream all of KFVE's UH sports broadcasts online and to mobile devices. Football games are $12, all other sports are $6.

KFVE and Oceanic are also working to create a “;classic”; UH sports channel offering memorable games from past years.