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The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network launched on April 4, 2005.
The family of Lerner Enterprises founder Ted Lerner subsequently became part-owners in MASN after their purchase of the Washington Nationals in July 2006.
After the Orioles agreed to share their television territory with the Nationals, another controversy arose with television rights.
Comcast Sports Net Mid-Atlantic, the Orioles' cable partner since 1984, dating back to its days as Home Team Sports (which until 2000, was formerly co-owned with WJZ-TV under Group W and later CBS) maintained a ten-year cable television contract to broadcast Orioles games through the 2006 season.
As with all Major League Baseball broadcasts, MASN-produced games are available for streaming out of the teams' respective territories at mlb.tv, with local viewers able to watch highlights for a certain amount of time following the conclusion of each game.
MASN also produces over-the-air television broadcasts of Nationals and Orioles games for television stations in their respective primary markets – producing Nationals games seen on CBS affiliate WUSA-TV (channel 9) in Washington, and Orioles games seen on CBS owned-and-operated station WJZ-TV (channel 13) in Baltimore, which are shown on MASN elsewhere within the network's broadcast area.
As a whole, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network televises more than 600 professional and NCAA Division I collegiate events annually.
In 2012, all sports telecasts on the network began to be letterboxed on the network's standard definition feed via the #10 Active Format Description tag format, with graphics framed for 16:9 widescreen displays rather than the 4:3 safe area; games produced by MASN on WDCW and WJZ-TV utilize 4:3-optimized graphics to accommodate standard definition viewers.
As of 2014, MASN and sister network MASN2 each maintain separate streams for both teams during the Beltway Series.
Beginning in 2006, MASN began serving as the official regional cable broadcaster of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, televising the team's preseason games, as well as nightly airings of team-related programming (including Ravens Xtra, 1 Winning Drive, The John Harbaugh Show, Ravens Report, Game Plan and Purple Passion) and original live post-game shows during the regular season.
Louis in 1954, and have claimed Washington as part of their home territory since the second Washington Senators became the Texas Rangers in 1972.
Since at least 1981, Major League Baseball had designated the Orioles' television territory as extending from Harrisburg to Charlotte.MASN's broadcasting relationship with the Ravens ended after the 2009 NFL season.