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ESPN Gameplan 2009 in HD???

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by oklahoma258, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. DawgLink

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    I thought (and I could be completely wrong) that you didn't have those games blacked out because of having the gameplan

    Am I wrong?
     
  2. terryfoster

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    Ok, here's how the reverse mirror works. You have two games. One game is "primarily carried" on ESPN/2 while the second is "primarily carried" on ABC. So if you live in a market where the "primarily carried" ABC game is on your ABC affiliate, you get the ESPN/2 game in HD. If you live in a market where the game "primarily carried" on ESPN/2 is on your ABC affiliate, then you get the "primarily carried" ABC game in SD on an alternate feed for ESPN/2.

    So the only chance you have in seeing both games in HD is to be a market where the ESPN HD feed isn't blacked out. This, of course, assumes they don't provide alternate HD uplinks this fall, which is a VERY good assumption.

    See this site for a good example. The Utah/Michigan game was listed as ESPN2HD which meant it was carried on the primary channel. So if you lived in an region that got the Utah/Michigan game on ABC, then you saw USC/Virginia on the ESPN2 alternate feed.

    Well, you're wrong. The college football games on the sports pack are not blacked out. The only benefit I could see in the GamePlan last year were the syndicated games (Raycom or PPV) and the regional ABC games not carried on the reverse mirror. I have found that only pro sports are subject to black out on the sports pack.
     
  3. JonSamuels

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    Not entirely true. Some conferences will have blackouts on college basketball on Sports Pack. The SEC has done it in the past. Of course that will probably change somehow this year with the new ESPN deal.
     
  4. terryfoster

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    Ha, I don't watch basketball too often. I stand corrected.
     
  5. hancox

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    An outright excellent description of what happened. Kudos!

    And you're 10000000% right about ESPNU - this coming from a UConn fan - the official university of ESPNU football (until Comcast got it). :)
     
  6. terryfoster

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    Another difference is the BigTen's deal makes every home football game nationally televised without the need to subscribe to ESPN GamePlan which provides more exposure. That actually means something now that the big cable companies have worked out deals for BTN.
     
  7. DawgLink

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    Wheh, I knew I wasn't crazy :lol:
     
  8. scoop8

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    I called this week and also cancelled GP for the same reason. If I see that GP will be HD this season, I might call back and get it turned back on. Like you said, that occasional ABC regional game isn't enough for me to keep GP this year. Over the past 2-3 years I've watched GP less than previous years.

    It's hard for me to see why a lot of the Big 12 games weren't in HD last season.
     
  9. Msguy

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    The Choice is very simple for me. I cancelled ESPN Gameplan. The Games are not in HD and last year some of the ESPN Gameplan games were actually available on the Sportspack alone. Channels like MASN from Baltimore and Altitude Sports from Denver were carrying many of the Big 12 games in the clear. I remember watching some games and flipping over to Gameplan last year and it would be the exact same game available. And besides i found myself not even watching Gameplan games because my local CBS Carried the SEC Game of the week in HD, and then my local ABC Affilliate carried the ABC Games those too were in HD also, including the games available on ESPN2, and the Big 10 Channels. ESPN Gameplan is a waste now of about $115 dollars unless there is a die hard fan of a conference where you live out of say an area like ACC Territory where a fan somewhere would want to see an ACC Game that is only carried in ACC Territory, ESPN Gameplan is a waste of money in my honest opinion now a days. Just another note that last year ESPNews channel 207 actually carried some games Live when it got down to like the last 2 minutes of a game. I watched the end of Several SEC Games last year on ESPNews channel 207 in HD because the local SEC Channel that was carrying the SEC Game of the week from Raycom Sports was not carried in HD in my local market. ESPN is the best source for College Footall in the Fall now and for me i just can't justify spending the money for ESPN Gameplan.
     
  10. ajc68

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    GamePlan has sucked the last few years as the games are unwatchable in SD. It was rumored that there might be some games in HD last season, but it never came to pass. And I doubt we'll see any games in HD this year as it doesn't even sound like they will have ESPNU in HD until next year. I think D* is tapped out on bandwidth until D13 goes live. Apparently they get enough subscriptions that they don't feel the need to be creative and find the room for HD feeds.
     
  11. JoeTheDragon

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    Espn does not even up link all games in HD and you do see a bit of stuff on espn1 HD and espn2 HD that is not in HD.
     
  12. Paul Secic

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    Hopfully ESPNU HD will be on D & E by mid August to enjoy.
     
  13. WebTraveler

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    If Directv can play all the baseball games in HD there certainly is enough bandwidth to accomodate a day of college football; maybe it would be tight in September, but after that it's smooth sailing. That's probably not the issue. Directv could also back off on all the PPV movies it has on a Saturday. There are options, but the games need to be available in HD to them.

    This is my first year on Directv, but when I used to subscribe to the sports package on Dish I used to receive most out of market games on the RSNs in HD. Is that the same here at Directv?
     
  14. jonkeee

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    One would think taking some of those pointless PPV channels off the satellites and trumping every other provider with more HD channels would be more profitable in the long run. Especially now that they have VOD PPV.
     
  15. terryfoster

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    As it has been said, ESPN would first need to provide the feeds to DirecTV (or any other provider that offers ESPN GamePlan) so they can pass it along to us. I imagine that ESPN isn't really making enough money off of this product to consider upgrading their service.
     
  16. sigma1914

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    Gameplan was awesome back in 1997 when I first tried it out. I still remember watching Marshall at Army and seeing Randy Moss for my first time. Less games received national coverage back then. Today, every worthy game is shown nationally.
     
  17. mlb

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    I decided against the Gameplan this year. I have had it for the past 3 years, but last year every game I wanted to see I could find in the Sports pack channels (600 level). I think there may have been 1 or 2 games a week that were part of the gameplan that I couldn't get OTA or on the sports pack.
     
  18. nitty316

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    I thought those games were blacked out in the Sportspack. I could be wrong though. I know I tried to turn it to different feeds of the games on Gameplan that were on Sportspack and they were blacked out.
     
  19. mlb

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    SNYHD gets all of the Big East games of the week, never blacked out. If 1 channel is blacked out you typically can find another that isn't further down the list of channels.
     
  20. Red Dog

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    MASN is the same way.

    I was kind of hoping MASN would dump Big East football (since except for WVU, there really isn't much interest in Big East football in the MASN footprint) and see if they could get the SEC package.
     

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