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Fox Sports South HD/FSS Alternate

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by macon_volfan, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. macon_volfan

    macon_volfan New Member

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    So, here in Macon FoxSportsSouth is the affiliate for mid-week Raycom SEC basketball game telecasts. Cox Cable here has the games in HD on Wed night, on the standard FSSHD. Yet for DTV customers the standard FSSHD (ch 646) shows national programing (more poker, yea!!....) and relegates the game to a FSSa (Ch 648), in SD!!! :mad:

    There is a FSSaHD (648-1) that, I suppose, could show the game in HD, but it only says "To Be Announced," and it's always a black screen.

    I guess my question is two-fold:

    a) why does DirecTV FSSHD show different programing than Cox Cable FSSHD, and

    b) why the HD signal isn't utilized on FSSaHD (648-1)

    Any ideas???
     
  2. ARKDTVfan

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    this game isn't in HD tonight so you're not missing any HD
     
  3. macon_volfan

    macon_volfan New Member

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    I talked to a friend in Knoxville who said that....but last night the hated Cats played (and lost):lol: to MSU, and it was in HD....at least for most people...
     
  4. bwaldron

    bwaldron Impossible Dreamer

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    Some of the Raycom SEC games are HD, some are not.
     
  5. durl

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    When a game is played featuring a team within your region, the alternate channel (FSSa) will show the game while the standard channel (FSS) will carry on with the national feed so that something can be seen in other areas of the country ineligible for the regional game.

    Satellite and local cable companies handle things differently. Your local cable company is basically selecting the game feed and making it available to it's customers on the FSSHD channel. Directv makes all RSN content "available" but has to limit what can be seen based upon ZIP codes.

    If the game is not available in HD, then the HD channel on Directv will be black. Cox Cable may have had the Wednesday game on the HD channel, but are you sure the game was actually produced in HD?
     
  6. bwaldron

    bwaldron Impossible Dreamer

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    I can't speak for other regions. However, there have definitely been times here where college games have been produced in HD and shown that way on our local RSN (via cable and/or FIOS), but DirecTV has not shown the HD version on the -1 channel for our RSN. Since I have Sportspack, I have generally (but not always) been able to find and view the HD version from an out-of-market RSN.
     
  7. macon_volfan

    macon_volfan New Member

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    Only prob with that is that the UK/Miss St game on Tuesday WAS in HD, yet the FSSaHD (648-1) was black.

    But no, last night's UT win over the Hogs was not in HD.
     
  8. durl

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    If a network besides the RSN has rights to the game, then Directv won't air it. That doesn't seem to be the case in the examples given above so I'm not sure what might be going on.
     

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