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Big Ten Network

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Elistan98, Jul 26, 2007.

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  1. Bill Johnson

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    Okay Earl, you've convinced me as it stands now I probably won't see my Nittany Lions in HD on Sept. 1. But in any future unattributable conversations, could you tell any D* people that some of us feel it would be a tremendous coup if they could go to whatever trouble is necessary to do HD from the outset.

    It would greatly raise my opinion of D* when it comes to HD after these sometimes awful several years and I might even stop casting glances at (gulp) Comcast.
     
  2. hdtvfan0001

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    Earl...those of us who have been on the CE team for some time know your threshhold for pain is much higher than almost all of us. :D

    ...and even though my Badgers will crush your Illini this year, you still can keep a smile on your face. (You do know I'm kidding.....really......except about the crushing part... :lol: )

    But back to the point at hand.

    BTN has clearly taken a "drivers seat" position in terms of their negotiated relationships with broadcasters. It's good to be the king. The popularity of teams in the Big Ten is driving them to a position of strength in any negotiations. That said, I'm sure this will all work out somehow so that Earl, tony99, and others will get to enjoy their college football in wonderful HD as soon as feasible.
     
  3. DCSholtis

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    Well said!!! Now let's get back to all being the calm, cool and collected D* subs we've always been. Sheesh for awhile it started to sound like a E* thread with some of the bitching. :lol:
     
  4. AaronF

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    This was discussed before and now the information on channel number is on the big ten network website (www.bigtennetwork.com)

    "DIRECTV CHANNEL 220

    DIRECTV has designated its Channel 220 as the location of the Big Ten Network and will make the network available as part of its Choice programming package. The satellite provider has also committed to carrying the network's overflow games so subscribers will have access to all Big Ten Network games when multiple games are being produced. "
     
  5. Bill Johnson

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    Now wait a minute! How can we be "calm, cool and collected" when it comes to our Nittany Lions? There are a number of us that even bleed blue and white, would you believe!

    One other thing, please note, if truth be told, the additional lines below suggested by me that the BTN website should add to the last line of their announcement about "DIRECTV CHANNEL 220":

    "However, Directv insiders advise us that it will be unable to carry football games in HD during the first weeks in September. They would not provide a reason other than to say Directv is fully committed to being the leader in HD; and, for any of their HD viewers who have upgraded or are willing to upgrade their equipment, Directv plans at a later date to carry all available HD games in that format.

    Please contact Directv if you have any questions." end suggested quote :bad_nono:
     
  6. rkjg24

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    Let's not even get me started on my pet peeves...
     
  7. chris8796

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    Its funny to hear all these complaints about no HD to start the season. When most of the bigten fans would be thrilled to know they will be able to see the games SD, rather than the current uncertianity surrounding cable providers.

    Most of these games are going to be over in the first quarter/half anyhow and a glorified scrimmage the rest of the time. I'm just glad I don't have to pay for gameplan to watch these games in SD or the crappy internet broadcasts.

    I just hope the BTN is some successful enough to keep going, otherwise these games wouldn't be in HD for years to come. I think its pretty impressive for the big ten to get most of its games filmed in HD.

    Any word on the commentators, any familar names?
     
  8. purtman

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    Yes. I don't know why they are, but check out the web site. I remember they were listed there.
     
  9. chris8796

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    Thanks Purtman,

    Here's the commentators,

    These nine professionals will round out the network's game-day announce teams. The group includes the award-winning Roger Twibell, longtime ABC Sports journalist; ESPN college football analyst and former Ohio State quarterback Mike Tomczak; Mark Neely, whose resume includes Major League Baseball on ESPN; the versatile Jim Kelly, who has worked for CBS, ESPN and CNBC; former 11-year NFL veteran Richard Baldinger; NFL on FOX veteran Scott Graham; former University of Michigan tight end Derrick Walker; Ron Thulin, who bring 27 years of broadcasting experience; and former Ohio State running back Butler By'not'e.

    Hopefully, they are not so bad they are distracting.
     
  10. GirkMonster

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    anyone else notice that it's the OSU fans that cry the loudest about whether their game against the Northeastern Kentucky Technical College Rusty Lugnuts will be in HD???

    Listen closely - there has never been a Big Ten Network before. You won't have to pay for it and by the time the conference season rolls around, you'll have access to all of the games in HD (well, most - a few may not be available in HD throughout the season). This is all new and it's fantastic!

    So sit back, open a beer and enjoy the glory that is found in having an entire network devoted to your favorite conference.

    Seriously, lighten up. They're working on it.
     
  11. DCSholtis

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    ONE beer?!! C'mon now....:D
     
  12. superunlikely

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    No.
     
  13. gobucks100

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    Actually I have not noticed. Looks like some die hard fans from many schools to me. I am just glad that I have D* to be able to watch the games. It would be great if they start off in HD but I will survive with SD for the 1st couple weeks. And it sure beats paying $109 to get SD lite as the video quality of Gameplan was significantly below SD.

    Heres an interesting article on the mad rush to get D* in Ohio. It would be interesting to hear how many subs D* gained from carrying BTN while others are not.

    http://www.buckeyextra.com/?story=dispatch/2007/08/22/20070822-A1-02.html
     
  14. purtman

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    My line about Buffalo vs. Penn State was actually a joke. I'm a Gators' fan, but I look forward to seeing the Big 10 games.
     
  15. Goodwin

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    Go, ILLINI!
    I am too, but having lived in Madison, WI for over 50 years, I have a tough time when the Badgers play the Illini.
     
  16. DawgLink

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    Earl, one day I gotta tell you my Ron Zook story from his time down here as the Saints DC

    It's a funny one
     
  17. Earl Bonovich

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    :D Okay
     
  18. hdtvfan0001

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    Stay away from State Street...I hear public floggings come into play when Illinois is in town... :lol:
     
  19. Barmat

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  20. Earl Bonovich

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    Yes... most of have all seen the different spins that are out there...
    All sides are throwing blame around that that the other is "flooding" message boards in their favor..


    Bottom line:

    Big Ten wants $x and have it in the basic packages.
    COMCAST doesn't want to pay it...

    It is pretty simple.

    It is Big Ten's product, they have the right to distibute how ever they want.
    If COMCASTs margins are going to be hurt so much, then they will have to charge their customers....
     
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