The service, available to local Comcast Digital Cable subscribers at no extra charge, allows fans the chance to watch the Tigers on their own timetable. The highlight of the package is the ability to watch the most recent Tigers game from first pitch to last, from the time it becomes available -- usually around two hours after the game has ended, according to FSN Detroit's Tim Bryant -- until the next game is played.
Viewers can watch the game with DVR-like controls, rewinding, fast-forwarding and pausing from their remote. They can also watch a selection of other Tigers programming, including the Tigers Weekly special on the late Mark Fidrych from earlier this season, and past interviews from legends such as Al Kaline and Willie Horton. FSN Detroit and Comcast plan to try to bring in additional content as the season rolls on.
"With the launch of FOX Sports Detroit: Tigers On Demand, we're bringing our customers across Michigan access to the Tigers like they've never experienced before," said Tom Coughlin, FSN Detroit senior vice president for Michigan.
Access to the programming works much like any other On Demand programs. Fans can go to the Channel 1 On Demand station, click on Get Local, then find FS Tigers, then scroll down to the list to find the particular game or other Tigers programming they want to see.
The move is a new one for Comcast and FSN Detroit with the Tigers, though it's one in which they've partnered before on other sports. FSN usually shows Tigers games soon after they wrap up, sometimes multiple times in one setting. Comcast estimates that viewers have watched more than 12 billion programs since the launch of On Demand programming in 2003, with sports and health/fitness items among the most popular.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.