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MLB Extra Innings No Padres or Blue Jays Feed This Year?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Msguy, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. colebert

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    I watched the MLB channel last week during the games and saw their live look-ins. They had CSN:philly and 4SD in HD and it really aggravated me to no end. I really feel like this is just an issue of D* trying to conserve bandwidth (or not wanting to air cable-only nets) by not airing them.

    Throw us a bone, D*!
     
  2. RobertE

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    :new_popco
     
  3. Jaspear

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    It's channel 17 from Philly. Nice!
     
  4. DCSholtis

    DCSholtis Up The Irons!

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    Nice!! Thanks D*!!
     
  5. Jimmy 440

    Jimmy 440 Hall Of Fame

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    Monmouth...
    Sweet !!
     
  6. nybill38

    nybill38 AllStar

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    looks, like Directv is starting to pick up the WPHL coverage of the Phillies, they were on last night, and the schedule shows them starting to be listed and checking the schedule they are all Channel 17 games...no CSN games yet
     
  7. Jaspear

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    There were games from CSN Philly last year as I recall, so my guess is that the problem is - as usual - Comcast.

    Thanks DirecTV, for the 'PHL feeds. Much appreciated.
     
  8. nybill38

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    you recall correct...all Phils games were on except for the the OTA games which channel 57 had at that time
     
  9. colebert

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    I don't think it's a Comcast issue. We already have CSN:Bay Area and CSN:Chicago consistently. The EI package is a MLB thing and they provide the feeds to all EI providers. Comcast, 4SD, Peachtree, etc have no say in how those game feeds get distributed.
     
  10. DCSholtis

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    Notice how even ESPN on their highlight packages never have a CSN Philly feed anymore but they did have the My17 feed last night. CSN Philly might be an MLB Network exclusive same with 4SD remember last season there was no MLB Network yet to deal with so its quite possible the ground rules were changed.
     
  11. Jaspear

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    If that's the case. then MLB has the problem with Comcast. Why Comcast makes the Chicago and Bay Area feeds available for IE but not Philadelphia is beyond me, but Comcast has always had a bug up their rear ends over satellite distribution of the Philly channel. I wish they'd just deal with whatever bad blood they've got and let us see the Phillies. I'm still happy we've got some games from 'PHL no matter who made them available.
     
  12. vansmack

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    Folks in this thread might disagree with that statement.
     
  13. colebert

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    Fairly consisently on EI.
     
  14. colebert

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    No, all the broadcasters of MLB games have to make them available to MLB Advanced Media. For providers of EI who do not have the game on their system the feed is available from MLB. Unless MLB is blocking certain feeds, the reason has to be that D* doesn't want to devote the resources necessary to bring those feeds in during the times they're showing baseball games.

    We've already seen they have shown a 4SD and CH17 Philly game this year when the choice was between showing nothing or showing a feed they haven't regularly carried. So it's not like there is some block the individual stations are putting on their game feeds being shown on D*. Correspondence posted here with stations has also shown that the stations uplink their productions only to MLB and not to the end providers like D*, Uverse, or Comcast. What happens to it after that point is not their concern.

    The most likely reason (to me) why we lost 4SD and don't get more RSNs like Philly is because the price of EI effectively went down this year due to the appearence of the MLB Network. D* quit charging for superfan and folded the HD feeds into the regular package price. It makes sense that when they were discussing the upcoming year and decided to change the pricing structure they also looked for ways to cut their costs to produce the games. Since they already carry about 80% of the games already due to the number of 24/7 RSNs in the SportsPack we get those all the time (including dual feeds.) Where we start losing is when D* has to bring in games it doesn't carry then devote space on their satellite at the expense of PPV. Last year we got like every 4SD game which meant between 6-12 hours of space was dedicated basically every day to the game. That's 2-4 PPV movies times 162 days. It adds up.
     
  15. stoutman

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    Colebert's Advanced Media story is factually correct. I have stayed away from this discussion, but several years ago I talked with a Directv lawyer about the MLB package. Prior to the current contract Directv was responsible for blackouts and feeds. The new contract took those responsibilities away from Directv and placed them on MLB. It fit both parties well. MLB had secured from the owners the broadband rights and wanted to provide an internet package. Directv was looking for the NBA model of the package with less overhead and headaches.

    The second part of his analysis sounds reasonable, but I offer no knowledge of why the shift.
     
  16. Jaspear

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    So, if we had CSN Philly available as an RSN, we'd get more than a trickle of hometown Philadelphia coverage. That would solve the Philly problem, would it not? Why no CSN Philly on DirecTV? That is a Comcast/DirecTV issue, which is what I was eluding to above. Absent the individual channel (4SD as example), your explanation sounds plausible.
     
  17. BarryS14

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    FYI. I checked the EI schedule for Saturday and the Nationals and Phillies have a day-night double hitter. The 1PM and 7PM games will be shown on ch. 723 and 723-1. Interesting EI is able to show the 1PM game. It's the make up game from a previous rained out game.
     
  18. hdfan1

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    I would be totally shocked if that is not a mistake. I have never seen any exception made to the stupid Fox blackout rules.
     
  19. teebeebee1

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    uh, double what??
     
  20. BarryS14

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    Day-Night Double Hitter.
     

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