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Larger than life: Sports live in HD

Post-Season MLB and Sunday NFL to be broadcast FREE live in HD at The Paramount Theatre starting Friday, Oct. 4
RUTLAND - The  Paramount Theatre recently announced that it will add post-season baseball and Sunday NFL football, free of charge, to the programming season, in collaboration with Catamount Radio. This new initiative will be broadcast live in HD with enhanced exhibition technology.  The 'Sports in HD' offerings will complement the previously announced Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD Series which runs Oct. 5 - May 18. 

"This new direction offers an altogether exciting new initiative to our Season line-up. This is a sports-mad area and we are so very happy to be able to offer this expanded live exhibition activity," said Executive Director Bruce Bouchard.

The first game will be broadcast at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, when the Red Sox host the beginning of the post-season American League Division Series. Their opponent will be determined at Wednesday night's wildcard game. AL games will be broadcast live Oct. 4, 5, 7 and 8. All air times TBA.

Should the Red Sox advance, the American League Championship Series and The World Series will be aired as The Paramount Theatre schedule allows.

Eric Mallette, Programming Director commented, "What a great opportunity - for audiences, here in Red Sox Nation, to be able to see the Boston Red Sox, in one of their most exciting seasons, in 30' x 24' in high definition, with incredible surround sound. It will be a shared audience dynamic like no other. The NFL will bring a number of Patriots games and other top-rated games of interest."

"This new initiative which we are able to offer to the greater Rutland community free-of-charge, will allow The Paramount, in a new and different way, to continue to stimulate the local economy. We hope to appeal to many who have never been inside the building to come and enjoy this beautiful hall as "Everyone's Theatre," Bouchard said. "This could be a game changer."

The test of the new equipment was impressive, Bouchard said, "we had a broadcast test drive when the Red Sox clinched the American League East and we could see individual blades of grass and David Ortiz' name on his bat. The image is out of this world!"
The Paramount will start the NFL series with three Sunday games. Additional Sunday football broadcasts will be driven by demand and interest.

Initial broadcasts include: New England Patriots at New York Jets on Oct. 20, Miami Dolphins at Patriots on Oct. 27, and Pittsburgh Steelers at Patriots Nov. 3.

While 60% of programming will favor the New England Patriots (AFC), The Paramount will respond to the unfolding season and will pick up additional games of interest from both the AFC and the NFC.

The NFL broadcasts will offer barbecued food for purchase and a selection of $3 beers and wines.

"There is nothing like the fellowship and excitement of an invigorated crowd at an exciting sporting event. We are really looking forward to this exciting new opportunity we are able to bring to our community…for free of charge!" Mallette said.

In addition, The Paramount also announced the airing of five special events later in the season: The Academy of Country Music Awards on Nov. 6, The Grammy Awards on Jan. 26, The Superbowl on Feb. 2, The Daytona 500 on Feb. 23, and The Oscars on March 2.

The Paramount Theatre is a registered 501-c3 not-for-profit organization in its 13th season of bringing live entertainment to central Vermont.

Games are live, consult local listings for times of all games or visit www.paramountlive.org.

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