MLB National Cable TV Schedule 6/10-6/16

With the NBA and NHL drawing to a close for the year, sports fans not interested in the Women’s World Cup will have to turn to baseball to feed their sports addictions until the NFL shows back up in August and September. That means St. Louis and the Boston area will turn back into baseball towns, and fans across the nation will tune into ESPN, ESPN+, and the MLB Network for their sports fix.

Here’s the schedule for nationally televised games for this week, all times Eastern:

Monday, June 10

TIME GAME NET
7:00p Mets-Yankees
or Rangers-Red Sox
MLBN

Tuesday, June 11

TIME GAME NET
7:00p Mets-Yankees ESPN
Reds-Indians ESPN+
10:00p Dodgers-Angels
or Padres-Giants (JIP)
MLBN

Wednesday, June 12

TIME GAME NET
Noon A’s-Rays
or Reds-Indians (1:00p)
MLBN
3:00p Cubs-Rockies MLBN
8:00p Brewers-Astros ESPN
Tigers-Royals ESPN+
11:00p Padres-Giants (JIP) MLBN

Thursday, June 13

TIME GAME NET
Noon Pirates-Braves
or Mariners-Twins (1:00p)
MLBN
7:00p Blue Jays-Orioles ESPN+
8:00p Tigers-Royals ESPN
11:00p Cubs-Dodgers (JIP) MLBN

Friday, June 14

TIME GAME NET
7:00p Cardinals-Mets
or D’Backs-Nationals
MLBN
10:00p Cubs-Dodgers ESPN+

Saturday, June 15

TIME GAME NET
1:00p Angels-Rays MLBN,
ESPN+
4:00p D’Backs-Nationals FS1
7:00p Indians-Tigers (JIP)
or Pirates-Marlins (JIP)
MLBN
9:00p Cubs-Dodgers
or Mariners-A’s
MLBN

Sunday, June 16

TIME GAME NET
1:00p Phillies-Braves
or Cardinals-Mets
MLBN
Rangers-Reds ESPN+
7:00p Cubs-Dodgers ESPN

Our highlight for the week is the interleague matchup between the Milwaukee Brewers, having a good year, and their former division rivals, now American League transplants, the Houston Astros.

Check back every week for updated schedules and more right here at the TV, Internet, and Phone Blog.

NBA Finals Disappoint in the Ratings

Despite a competitive series that has the Toronto Raptors poised to complete the upset against the Golden State Warriors tonight, through three games the NBA Finals have had some of the lowest ratings in this popular NBA area dating back to 2007. According to Sports Media Watch, ABC’s ratings for the series are down between 25% and 27% from last year’s series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.

More from Sports Media Watch:

Of the 176 NBA Finals games dating back to 1988, Game 3 was just the 20th to earn less than an 8.0 rating. Of those, it was only the sixth that did not involve the San Antonio Spurs. It should be noted that sub-8.0 ratings are not uncommon for championship-level sporting events; 13 World Series games have failed to crack that mark just since 2012.

This year’s NBA Finals is the first to feature the Raptors, whose Canadian fanbase is not measured by Nielsen. In Canada, Game 3 had 3.8 million viewers across SportsNet and City TV, a figure that does not include viewership on RDS or CTV2. If one were to include the Canadian audience, Game 2 would combine for approximately 16.9 million viewers — down from the past two years, but ahead of the U.S.-only audience in 2016 and 2002-14.

In the U.S., Game 3 had a 4.6 rating in adults 18-49 — down 28% from last year (6.4) and down 36% from 2017 (7.2). The 4.6 is the lowest for any finals game in the demo since Game 4 in 2007 (4.0). It drew a 3.8 in adults 18-34, down 32% from last year (5.6) and down 43% from 2017 (6.7). As in 18-49, ratings in 18-34 were the lowest for any finals game since 2007.

Ratings also declined in adults 25-54 (5.2, -26%).

While Raptors-Warriors has been much more competitive than the previous Warriors-Cavaliers matchups, the series has yet to build any momentum. Game 3 hit series-lows in ratings, viewership, adults 18-34 and adults 18-49.

The fact that the series features a Canadian team cannot be overestimated, as Toronto is the only NBA market outside of the US. But something that should also be considered is that LeBron James is not in the finals for the first time in eight years, and as the biggest star in the NBA since Jordan, his absence is being felt big by the TV networks, as his fans from Orlando all the way to Walla Walla, Washington are more interested in impending free agency than the series at hand.

We’ll be updating this story here at the TV, Internet, and Phone Blog if anything develops.

FIFA Women’s World Cup Cable TV Schedule – Group Play

Starting on Friday, the Women’s World Cup kicks off, with the premier tournament in women’s soccer airing in the United States on Fox Sports 1 and Telemundo (Spanish Language Broadcast). Unlike next year’s World Cup, the United States is part of the lineup on the women’s side, and is one of the favorites to take home the title yet again.

While the tournament is being held in France this year, many markets across the United States will do well in the TV ratings, including the soccer-mad St. Louis metro area, especially around the Soccer Park in Fenton.

Here is the schedule for group play, all times Eastern:

TIME MATCH ENG
TV
SPNSH
TV
Friday, June 7
3:00p France
South Korea
FS1 Telemundo
Saturday, June 8
9:00a Germany
China
FS1 Telemundo
Noon Spain
South Africa
FOX Telemundo
3:00p Norway
Nigeria
FOX Universo
Sunday, June 9
7:00a Australia
Italy
FS1 Telemundo
9:30a Brazil
Jamaica
FS1 Telemundo
Noon England
Scotland
FOX Telemundo
Monday, June 10
Noon Argentina
Japan
FS1 Universo
3:00p Canada
Cameroon
FS1 Universo
Tuesday, June 11
9:00a New Zealand
Netherlands
FS1 Universo
Noon Chile
Sweden
FS1 Universo
3:00p United States
Thailand
FOX Telemundo
Wednesday, June 12
9:00a Nigeria
South Korea
FS1 Universo
Noon Germany
Spain
FOX Telemundo
3:00p France
Norway
FOX Universo
Thursday, June 13
Noon Australia
Brazil
FOX Universo
3:00p South Africa
China
FOX Universo
Friday, June 14
9:00a Japan
Scotland
FS1 Universo
Noon Jamaica
Italy
FOX Universo
3:00p England
Argentina
FOX Telemundo
Saturday, June 15
9:00a Netherlands
Cameroon
FS1 Universo
2:50p Canada
New Zealand
FS2 Universo
Sunday, June 16
9:00a Sweden
Thailand
FS1 Telemundo
Noon United States
Chile
FOX Telemundo
Monday, June 17
Noon South Africa
Germany
FOX Telemundo
Deportes app
China
Spain
FS1 Universo
3:00p Nigeria
France
FOX Universo
South Korea
Norway
FS1 Telemundo
Deportes app
Tuesday, June 18
3:00p Italy
Brazil
FS1 Universo
Jamaica
Australia
FS2 Telemundo
Deportes app
Wednesday, June 19
3:00p Japan
England
FS1 Telemundo
Deportes app
Scotland
Argentina
FS2 Universo
Thursday, June 20
Noon Netherlands
Canada
FOX Universo
Cameroon
New Zealand
FS1 Telemundo
Deportes app
3:00p United States
Sweden
FOX Telemundo
Thailand
Chile
FS1 Universo

Enjoy the games, and be sure to keep up on all sports schedules right here at the TV, Internet, and Phone Blog.

Spectrum Adds Cloud DVR Service

As cable TV providers try to find new ways to fight cord-cutting, they are beginning to offer services that appeal to cord cutters, such as TV options included with their internet services. Spectrum, formerly known as Charter Communications, is one of the largest cable TV and high-speed internet providers in the nation, and they offer TV Stream and TV Choice plans to internet subscribers, now with the ability to add cloud DVR services.

Here are the specs from TechHive:

  • Price: $5 per month, with one charge covering all devices.

  • Storage: Save up to 50 programs, regardless of length, for up to 90 days. (Both reps initially said you can record “50 shows,” but later clarified that each episode occupies one recording slot.)

  • Device support: Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, Samsung TVs, iOS devices, Android devices, and the web.

  • Out-of-home access: iOS, Android, and web only. (Spectrum’s connected TV apps don’t work outside the house.)

  • Ad-skipping: No limits on fast forwarding through commercials, and no restrictions on which channels you can record.

The lack of restrictions on ad-skipping is an advantage this service has over Hulu with Live TV and Youtube TV for the price per month, and it acts more like a real DVR than Sling TV and PlayStation Vue. The major problem is that the cloud DVR is not available with any of the TV packages that include regional sports networks, so sports fans, especially those of local teams, will be out of luck—for example, in Tampa, you won’t be able to record Tampa Bay Lightning games broadcast locally.

Still, it’s a step in the right direction for Spectrum. Stay tuned at the TV, Internet, and Phone Blog for more on this product as the story develops.

NBA Finals TV Schedule

Behind heroic play from Kawhi Leonard and the supporting cast being up to the task, the Toronto Raptors have won the Eastern Conference final and advanced to the NBA Finals and will meet the Golden State Warriors, who are going for their fourth title in five years. The finals begin Thursday with Toronto hosting the first two games—the first time the Warriors have opened the finals on the road.

Here’s the TV schedule for the games on ABC in America and different providers in Canada:

TIME GAME NET
Thursday, May 30
9:00p Warriors
Raptors
NBA Finals, Game 1
ABC,
SN1^
Sunday, June 2
8:00p Warriors
Raptors
NBA Finals, Game 2
ABC,
TSN
Wednesday, June 5
9:00p Raptors
Warriors
NBA Finals, Game 3
ABC
SN1^
Friday, June 7
9:00p Raptors
Warriors
NBA Finals, Game 4
ABC,
TSN
Monday, June 10
9:00p Warriors
Raptors
NBA Finals, Game 5*
ABC
SN1^
Thursday, June 13
9:00p Raptors
Warriors
NBA Finals, Game 6*
ABC,
TSN
Sunday, June 16
8:00p Warriors
Raptors
NBA Finals, Game 7*
ABC
SN1^

Fans in the Los Angeles area from Alhambra to Newport Beach will be conflicted in their rooting interest, as many Laker and Clipper fans will want to root against the Warriors—but if the Raptors win, that could mean Kawhi staying with the Raptors in free agency instead of coming home to LA either to unite with LeBron James on the Lakers or the up-and-coming Clippers team coached by Doc Rivers.

Do the Raps stand a fighting chance against the Warriors juggernaut? You’ll have to watch the games to find out.

Spectrum’s First Original Show Debuted Only on Spectrum Cable TV

Cable TV is not just for the NBA playoffs, especially as pay-TV providers have begun offering their own original content you can’t get anywhere else. Spectrum has joined the fray with its first Spectrum Original, LA’s Finest, a cop show starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba that is a spinoff of the hit Bad Boys movie franchise. It is available only on Spectrum through their HD On Demand service.

Here’s more on the show from the company itself:

“We see original content as a way to further differentiate the Spectrum customer experience,” said, Katherine Pope, Senior Vice President, Head of Original Content. “I was brought on board early last year to develop, oversee and launch our new premium content initiative, Spectrum Originals, and my goal has been to find shows that will appeal to different segments of our subscriber base and increase the value of their video subscription.”

The one-hour series follows Syd Burnett (Union), last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel, who has seemingly left her complicated past behind to become an LAPD detective. Paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Alba), a working mom with an equally complex history, Syd is forced to confront how her unapologetic lifestyle may be masking a greater personal secret. Taking on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles while skirting the rules, and speed limits, Syd and Nancy become a force to be reckoned with – on the streets, and in each other’s lives.

“L.A.’s Finest features a great cast, including dynamic and strong female leads with Gabrielle and Jessica; a top-notch and very diverse production team; and a compelling storyline that can’t be found on television right now,” said Pope.

New episodes of the 13-episode series will release every Monday until the season finale.”

The show’s success may determine the direction of further programming from Spectrum and lead to more original content in the future.

NBA Conference Finals TV Schedule

After a couple weeks of action including two game sevens, the second round of the NBA playoffs is finally over and the matchups for the Conference Finals are set. The Golden State Warriors, even without Kevin Durant at the end of their second round series, live on to fight another day taking on the Portland Trail Blazers to see who’ll come out of the West, and the Milwaukee Bucks, after dominating the Celtics, will defend home court against the Toronto Raptors, who barely outlasted the Philadelphia 76ers.

Fans from White City, Oregon to Altoona, Wisconsin will be tuned in to all the action. Here’s the schedule for the first week of action, all times Eastern:

Tuesday, May 14
8:30p NBA Draft Lottery ESPN
9:00p Blazers
Warriors
West Finals, Game 1
ESPN
Wednesday, May 15
8:30p Raptors
Bucks
East Finals, Game 1
TNT
Thursday, May 16
9:00p Blazers
Warriors
West Finals, Game 2
ESPN
Friday, May 17
8:30p Raptors
Bucks
East Finals, Game 2
TNT
Saturday, May 18
9:00p Warriors
Blazers
West Finals, Game 3
ESPN
Sunday, May 19
7:00p Bucks
Raptors
East Finals, Game 3
TNT
Monday, May 20
9:00p Warriors
Blazers
West Finals, Game 4
ESPN
Tuesday, May 21
8:30p Bucks
Raptors
East Finals, Game 4
TNT

Depending on whether or not the Warriors get Kevin Durant back, they could be in for a long series, but remain the favorites to come out of the West. It’s likely the Bucks will do the same in the East, setting up a matchup between the Greek Freak and one of the most dominant dynasties of all time.

Stay tuned right here at the TV, Internet, and Phone Blog for updates and more throughout the NBA and NHL playoffs.