Maine high school basketball fans who cannot make it the state championship venues Saturday will be able to watch on one of the two Maine Public Television stations.
Make sure to check your local TV listings or with your local cable company or satellite provider for the station numbers in your area.
Seven of the eight state games also will be rebroadcast Sunday beginning at 6 a.m.
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The two Maine Public channels that are airing the state games are MPT HD 1 and MPT HD 4 World. Televising the games on two channels will let viewers watch the games they prefer because there are time overlaps for several of the contests.
All of the state title games will also be live-streamed by MPT at www.mainepublic.org/programs/championship-weekend.
MPT HD 4 World will carry the Saturday afternoon state finals featuring the Mount Desert Island and Gray-New Gloucester girls at 1 p.m. from the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland and the ensuing B boys game featuring Caribou against Cape Elizabeth at 2:45 p.m.
MPT HD 4 World also will air the Class AA games between the Oxford Hills and Scarborough girls at 6 p.m. and the Bangor-Bonny Eagle boys at 9 p.m., both from Portland.
MPT HD 1 will show the Class D finals from the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor between Greenville and Southern Aroostook (2 p.m.) and Forest Hills-Schenck boys at 3:45 p.m.
MPT HD 1 also will broadcast the Boothbay Region-Penobscot Valley Class C girls game at 7 p.m. followed by the Winthrop-Houlton boys game at 8:45 p.m., both from Bangor.
The replay of the Greely-Hampden girls game will be on MPT HD 1 at 9 a.m. Saturday with the Greely-Lawrence boys game to follow at 11 a.m.
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On Sunday, the repeat broadcasts, all on MPT HD 1, will start with the Forest Hills-Schenck boys game at 6 a.m., the Boothbay Region-Penobscot Valley girls game at 8 a.m., the Winthrop-Houlton boys contest at 10 a.m. and the MDI vs. Gray-New Gloucester girls game at noon.
The Caribou-Cape Elizabeth boys game will re-air at 2 p.m. followed by the Oxford Hills-Scarborough girls at 4 p.m. and the Bangor-Bonny Eagle game at 6 p.m.
Replays of Friday night’s Class A title games will air Saturday morning, and Saturday afternoon’s Greenville-Southern Aroostook’s Class D girls title game will be shown again at 11 p.m. Saturday.
Maine Public Television in 2016 signed a three-year contract with the Maine Principals’ Association to televise and live stream the 10 state championship games in all five classes.
It previously broadcast the regional semifinals and finals in addition to the state title games, but arrangement ended after the 2014-15 season when the field expanded from four classes to five and were held simultaneously at three sites rather than two.
A Maine Public spokesman at the time said it did not have sufficient resources or personnel to broadcast from all three sites.
But the National Federation of State High School Associations Network, the Northeast Sports Network and Bangor’s WVII-TV (ABC Channel 7) stepped in. Between the three of them, they have covered different stages of the tournaments through the regional finals for the last three years.
The NFHS streamed the quarterfinals and the NSN had the regional semifinals and finals. Channel 7 also took the feed from NSN and aired six games.