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Mega March Madness?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by blueoyster, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. Mar 7, 2011 #101 of 331
    JoeTheDragon

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    well some of the other CW may do some of things that WGN does.

    also in some areas the CW is just a digital sub-channel or not on OTA.

    so if there was games on CW wgn may just put them on 9.2 or maybe temp then to 9.3 if there was a cubs, sox , bulls or blackhawks game.

    They maybe be able to move a cubs, bulls, sox game to WCIU There is more then just moving that with wgn America also mirroring just about all MLB games and some of bulls games. Also there is the MLB / NBA / NHL schedules lead time.
     
  2. Mar 7, 2011 #102 of 331
    JoeTheDragon

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    Most pub's have Direct due to NFL ST, DISH lack of MLB EI , MLB Network, RSN HD, YES, MSG and others.
     
  3. Mar 7, 2011 #103 of 331
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    How does that make any sense? So they'll wait till everyone who is willing to leave because of it has left, then they'll add it to prevent them from leaving next year? Although I'm very disappointed in D* for taking a step backwards on this, I'm certainly not going to switch providers over something that lasts 3 weeks out of the year. And if I did leave and enough followed me and D* followed your logic and got back up to speed by showing all the games in a clear HD picture again, how exactly would that benefit those who left? It wouldn't. Which is why it makes no sense when someone suggests that leaving is the answer. Why is it wrong to maintain some faith in the self proclaimed HD sports leader and express some disappointment and wait for them to make us whole again? They have proven their ability to offer all the games in HD for years now (I'm sure they paid CBS a big fee to do so) and I'm sure eventually they will get there again. Turner will eventually realize they can't charge a high yearly price because they have 13 in-demand games for three weeks out of the year.
     
  4. Mar 7, 2011 #104 of 331
    Hoosier205

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    The NCAA took a step backwards, not DirecTV.
     
  5. Mar 8, 2011 #105 of 331
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    The NCAA now makes every tournament game available to everyone. How is that possibly a step backwards?
     
  6. Mar 8, 2011 #106 of 331
    KK in CT

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    Exactly. For the last 3 or 4 years I've had every game in crystal clear HD on D*. And that was the only place you could get that since they made some deal with CBS to show me feeds from other parts of the country that I could not see at any other time of the year. Now, at least in my area, D* is the only provider available to me where I cannot get all of the games in HD. So to me, the customer, they took a step backwards. Again, not worth giving up all the other pluses with D* to switch for just that. And I think they're very much aware of that. But to say that the HD sports leader didn't take a step backwards on this you must not be interested in the tournament. They went from the exclusive provider of the entire tourney in HD to the only provider in my area unable to offer it all in HD. On basic cable and local channels. There's nothing to debate it's a fact.
     
  7. Mar 8, 2011 #107 of 331
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    "truTV HD is a 1080i high definition simulcast of truTV, which is available from Dish Network along with cable television providers such as AT&T U-verse, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Cable and Cablevision."


    I say it again and again, ever since Liberty took over Directv the music has stopped and the dancing has diminished. I have been with Directv since '96 and sports was its crowning achievement. The failure to continue the tournament in HD is an example of Liberty spending away its inheritance. Most cable customers will see the whole tournament in HD!
     
  8. Mar 8, 2011 #108 of 331
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    TruTV HD launched on 1/10/08. That has given Directv over 3 years to do the 'dance'. Unfortunately, they failed.

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  9. Mar 8, 2011 #109 of 331
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    The NCAA leveled the playing field and D* was the only major provider who couldn't adapt, even though they were the only major provider to offer all the games prior to this year. Yet somehow it's the NCAA's fault? That's funny.
     
  10. Mar 8, 2011 #110 of 331
    joed32

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    Thanks, never heard it called that before.
     
  11. Mar 8, 2011 #111 of 331
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    All of that gets more HD coverage than TruTV in households. So, what is your point?

    BTW, the Cubs and Sox don't play regular season games during March Madness. And somehow I doubt they would preempt one of the biggest ratings items for a single game they could put elsewhere, if the conflict even arises.

    Local affiliates that carry local sports preempt network programming all the time. Not usually national sports events, though.
     
  12. Mar 8, 2011 #112 of 331
    tonyd79

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    Minor correction. I think it was only 2 years. Before that, while you got the games on MMM, most of it was not in HD. Only the swing games were in HD and they switched in and out while CBS did its swing around the nation.
     
  13. Mar 8, 2011 #113 of 331
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    It is amusing to see just how many people ignore Satelliteracer's posts and then wonder why they are wrong. Placing games on truTV was a step backwards. DirecTV wanted to make the games available to their customers. DirecTV isn't going to agree to a bad deal over only 13 games.
     
  14. Mar 8, 2011 #114 of 331
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    What Satelliteracer says is irrelevant. The HD version of the channel has been available for over 3 years, and Directv has not added it, just like they have not added AMCHD, BBCHD, etc. They are well behind their primary competition when it comes to standard HD. This time, their apparent reluctance to add standard HD in the past 2 years just so happened to tarnish their image as the 'sports leader'.

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  15. Mar 8, 2011 #115 of 331
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    What's wrong with Hoosier's sig?

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  16. Mar 8, 2011 #116 of 331
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    Dish added some HD a few days ago.
     
  17. Mar 8, 2011 #117 of 331
    Hoosier205

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    :lol: That's the funniest thing I've read in a long time. :lol: Think again...

    ...and? What exactly is your point? The HD version of this channel doesn't even show much in HD. Do you have any idea what what type of terms they are asking DirecTV to agree to? No...you don't. If you want a short-term payoff with long-term issues, go with Dish. DirecTV will make the best deal possible and they aren't going to shoot themselves in the foot over a a channel like truTV.

    They are well ahead of their primary competition when it comes to overall HD. Not to mention the fact that they actually offer 1080i channels in their full resolution and with a healthier bitrate. Again, if you want to go with a provider that doesn't value picture quality and tends to settle for poor deals which lead to future problems...Dish will be happy to have you. DirecTV had added a healthy amount of new HD channels in recent history and more is on the way. Of course, we already know that many of the most vocal critics here would complain no matter what happens.

    They offer far more sports in HD than any other provider in the country. Having only 13 out of 67 games in SD rather than HD will absolutely not "tarnish their image." :rolleyes: Folks seem to forget that there are millions of DirecTV customers who haven't upgraded to HD. You will not miss any games. None. Zero. Zilch. Every single game will be available to you. 13 will be available in SD rather than HD. That's it. It will not be the end of the world. We will all survive to see another day.

    I'll get to it soon enough. DirecTV continues to dominate Dish Network however...no worries there. This isn't a competition between DirecTV and Dish Network. It's a massacre and only appears to be getting worse following the recent Q4 results.
     
  18. Mar 8, 2011 #118 of 331
    Hoosier205

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    I haven't updated it to include Dish's addition of OWN HD. I might as well hold off. With the types of ratings that network is pulling in...it may not be around long. I could film my cat playing with a ball of yarn and get more view on Youtube.
     
  19. Mar 8, 2011 #119 of 331
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    Making all the games available to basically all providers in HD is a step backwards how exactly? The only provider in my area taking a step backwards on this one is D*. Every other provider took a huge step forwards on this particular issue. I would say if D*'s SD was better it wouldn't be as big a deal. But since the past three years they have shown all the games in HD it is a step backwards. Some refuse to accept that, but it doesn't change the fact. It's ok to admit that D* isn't the leader in a specific situation.

    So to clarify, D* losing about 20% of their HD coverage for the tourney is not a step backwards. However, the rest of the major providers gaining roughly 60% more games, all in HD, now that's a step backwards. Yeah that makes sense...
     
  20. Mar 8, 2011 #120 of 331
    Hoosier205

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    ...as has been said already...DirecTV wanted to make all the games available in HD. They are not the ones who chose to put 13 games on a joke of a network like truTV. DirecTV is still the sports leader obviously. These 13 games in SD will do nothing to change this. Every single game will be available to DirecTV customers. Let's not overreact.
     

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