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Directv dropped regional sports network

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by shoelessjoe, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. shoelessjoe

    shoelessjoe Legend

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    I took your advise and just called them. They offered MLB for $39.99/month or $199.00 up front. The person on the phone was nice but offered little help. I'm going to call Comcast and see what they have to offer. I'll either go with them or go w/o baseball this season. I won't pay $200 for something that should be included. We have gotten freebees in the past - most recently, free Stars for 6 months last august. It was offered to me when they billed me for HD erroneously as I had automatic bill pay, etc.
     
  2. joshjr

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    Did you talk to a regular CSR or someone in retention? In this case, retention is exactly who you want. You are looking to leave over this and they are authorized to offer you more then normal to stay. Sounds like it was not someone from retention unless maybe the payment history is not that great on the account. $100 a month with a good payment history and little credits should get you this one time $200 credit.
     
  3. shoelessjoe

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    My payment history is perfect as I have automatic billing. I did not talk with retention as I am not sure I want to cancel Directv. I am not a huge fan of Comcast. The only reason I'm thinking about it is because of MASN. We may just make a sacrifice and forget about MASN.

    As far as credits, I have a $10 HD credit fro automatic billing and currently am getting HBO/Cinemax credit (Cinemax/HBO - same price as one for 3 months).
     
  4. joshjr

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    You dont have to even threaten to cancel but you do need to talk to retention. Just let them know this is for your dad and that you will have to look for options on how to get the O's games this season. If they are stiff at first I would just say that I am gonna shop around to some other providers and see what kind of a deal you can get but dont say your leaving DirecTV. I would also let them know that you heard a cable co in the area offers the station in their channel lineup but that you dont want to leave DirecTV.

    You dont have to threaten to leave to get something from them but if you want a $200 credit I would just let them know, look I dont want to leave but my dad has to have the O's game. Based on your service and great payment record can I get a one time $200 credit to offset MLB EI for this season? It can't hurt. Your wasting your time with a regular CSR though. Also saying cancel at the voice prompt does not cancel service it just sends you to retention.
     
  5. bigwilly087

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    I think you're missing something here. Even though MASN is not his "home RSN" anymore, by subscribing to sports pack he should receive MASN and Orioles games, according to John Metzgar's post above. Much cheaper than Extra Innings, which wouldnt get you the games anyways if his town is claimed by the Orioles. Worth a try at least.
     
  6. David Ortiz

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    Wrong ZIP. Try 17268.
     
  7. studechip

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    When I put 17268 into the rsn lookup, it doesn't show MASN as available at all.
     
  8. studechip

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    He used the wrong zip. Besides, the sports pack has nothing to do with it.
     
  9. bigwilly087

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    It certainly does, just ask people in Las Vegas or Iowa that are claimed by 4 or more teams, they get one RSN as their "home" RSN, but if they subscribe to the Sports Pack they get access to any of those other teams without paying for Extra Innings. Recently that has changed for some people, such as the person in the "no more pirates" thread, but by and large if you're "claimed" by a team you can get them through your regular RSN or Sportspack.
     
  10. David Ortiz

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    MLB Extra Innings is in a free preview right now. If you can't get the Orioles games now during the free preview, then you won't get them when you subscribe.
     
  11. bigwilly087

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    Good call. If he doesn't get channel 640 now, that means he doesn't get it as his RSN or through EI, which means he's in Bug Selig's gray area of death.
     
  12. joshjr

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    I was wondering that. That seems odd to me. He should enter his zip into the MLB.TV tool and see what it says is the local teams for him.
     
  13. David Ortiz

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    I would check home and away broadcasts in the 700s.

    Blacked out according to the initial post.
     
  14. tjguitar

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    Actually, Las Vegas has it pretty good. ALL of the RSN's below are included in choice and above. By adding sports pack, you only get Diamondbacks games on FSN Arizona (No Phoenix Suns or Coyotes).

    As a baseball fan, unless you are specifically a fan of a team that is not one of the 5 listed below, you don't even need EI and you have a ton of games every day + ESPN,ESPN2, MLB Net. WGN and TBS.


    TWCD
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    Time Warner Cable Deportes
    Los Angeles Lakers


    TWCSN
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    Time Warner Cable SportsNet
    Los Angeles Lakers


    FSWHD
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    FS West HD
    Angels
    Los Angeles Kings



    PT
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    Prime Ticket
    Anaheim Ducks
    Dodgers
    Los Angeles Clippers



    FSSD
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    FS San Diego
    Padres



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    Giants
    Golden State Warriors


    CSCA
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    Athletics
    Sacramento Kings
     
  15. David Ortiz

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    You lose out if the games are on OTA local (not to Vegas) channels. In those cases, you're blacked out of out of market broadcasts.
     
  16. tjguitar

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    That's true, but there's so few OTA games these days. Angels, A's and Padres are RSN only. Dodgers are going RSN only next year. Giants are down to like 15 games OTA per year, and I bet some of those are against San Diego or LA (or Arizona) which would be available locally on their RSN's.

    My point was folks who live in Las Vegas get a lot more games "included" in the Choice type package than someone who lives in a one-team or two-team market.

    Of course, if DirecTV decides to just stop offering a RSN there, like what happened to the pirates fan, that would suck.
     
  17. studechip

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    It does in some areas, this isn't one of them.
     
  18. goinsleeper

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    Adding the Sports Pack or going from Choice to Xtra (in very select areas) just broadens your radius for local teams. Extra Innings isn't going to help with a team if they're considered local. Same is said with Houston fans trying to watch the Astro's or the Rockets. Comcrap owns the exclusive rights and even if comcrap isn't offered where you live, you can't watch the games even with NBA LP.
     
  19. shoelessjoe

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    So...you are saying my dad should move to Vegas?:confused:
     
  20. spartacvs

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    Yup I have all those channels in Choice Extra Classic but too bad my team is St. Louis Cardinals so I have to get MLB.TV this year.
     

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