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SNY in HD on Time Warner. Finally.

Monday night I flipped through my Time Warner Cable high definition channels, and what to my wondering eyes did appear but SportsNet New York.

Nice job, Time Warner -- about 2-1/2 years later than you said.

Prior to the 2006 baseball season, I remember going to Time Warner's Web site and seeing a page that told subscribers that coming soon to the HD lineup were the Yankees' YES network and the Mets' SNY. Well, the YES Network has been playing ball in HD for all of the last three seasons on Time Warner while Mets watchers had to put up with the standard screen. What a shocker: Mets playing second banana to the Big Apple's other team.

Now that the Buffalo Bisons will be the Mets' Triple-A team, it really makes sense that we have SNY in HD, but it is awfully long overdue.

I suppose we can thank all those Verizon FIOS placards on peoples' lawns, and the DirecTV commercials advertising a gazillion HD networks, for Time Warner finally getting its act together and giving subscribers more in HD -- particularly in sports. Recently added have been ESPNU, ESPNews (prepare yourself for all the info they pack into the wider screen), MSG and TBS (which showed up right on time for its postseason baseball coverage).

Which brings us to another timing issue. Unless I missed it Sunday afternoon, Time Warner added the Mets' network in HD one day after Mets ingloriously ended their season. Actually, maybe Mets fans with Time Warner were better off not seeing that last loss in high definition.

But thank goodness we'll get to see "Jets Weekly" in HD. (To be fair, SNY's programming includes tons of college football, hoops and hockey, which will be welcome on my HD screen).

---Keith McShea

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