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#1 OFFLINE   sacalait

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 11:29 AM

I stoked. Looks like most will be getting the U soon.



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DIRECTV TO OFFER ESPNU IN ITS CHOICE™ PACKAGE
ESPNU's Distribution More Than 46 Million Subscribers

Disney and ESPN Media Networks and DIRECTV, Inc., today announced an agreement to widen its distribution of ESPNU to DIRECTV's CHOICE™ programming package beginning July 1. ESPNU will now be available to more than 46 million college sports fans across the country. As part of the agreement, DIRECTV will also launch ESPNU HD by the end of the first quarter 2010. Additionally, ESPN Classic will be repackaged into the DIRECTV SPORTS PACK.

ESPNU provides college sports fans with more than 550 live events annually and televises some of the top Division I conferences in the nation, including: the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, SEC, Sun Belt and WAC. The network also has a wide-ranging, long-term agreement with the NCAA that includes extensive coverage of 22 NCAA Championships, including sports from each of the three collegiate seasons.

"ESPNU is committed to college sports programming 365 days a year, and this move to DIRECTV's CHOICE package allows better access for college sports fans -- nationwide -- to all of the quality content provided on the network," said David C. Preschlack, executive vice president, Disney and ESPN Media Networks.

"DIRECTV continues to offer the best sports programming to its customers," said Derek Chang, executive vice president, Content Strategy and Development, DIRECTV, Inc. "By expanding the distribution of ESPNU, we take that commitment to another level for all college sports fans across the country."

About Disney and ESPN Media Networks:
Disney and ESPN Media Networks' diverse portfolio contains the most compelling entertainment, sports and news content available to consumers today, including ABC Family, ABC News Now, Disney Channel, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPNEWS HD, ESPNU, ESPNU HD, SOAPnet and Disney XD. Delivering the most popular media brands with their passionate audiences, Disney and ESPN Media Networks brings content distributors exclusive opportunities across multiple platforms including broadband products such as ABC News Now, Disney Online's Disney Connection and ESPN360.com, as well as video on demand services, including Disney Channel on Demand and ESPN on Demand.

About DIRECTV
DIRECTV, Inc. (NASDAQ: DTV - News), the nation's No. 1 satellite television service, presents the finest television experience available to more than 18 million customers in the United States and is leading the HD revolution with more than 130 HD channels - more quality HD channels than any other television provider. Each day, DIRECTV subscribers enjoy access to over 265 channels of 100% digital picture and sound, exclusive programming, industry-leading customer satisfaction (which has surpassed all national cable companies for eight years running) and superior technologies that include advanced DVR and HD-DVR services and the most state-of-the-art interactive sports packages available anywhere. For the most up-to-date information on DIRECTV, please visit directv.com.

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Colleen Stack Lynch
860-766-4235
colleen.s.lynch@espn.com

Amy Phillips
212-456-0226
Amy.phillips@espn.com

DIRECTV Media Contact:
Robert Mercer
310-964-4683
rgmercer@directv.com


Edited by Stuart Sweet, 19 May 2009 - 11:41 AM.

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#2 ONLINE   IndyMichael

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 11:37 AM

If I read that right, they are giving choice subs the U, but taking away classic?

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 11:39 AM

Wow, interesting trade between ESPNU and classic. Why would they do that?

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 11:39 AM

If I read that right, they are giving choice subs the U, but taking away classic?


Looks the way

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 11:39 AM

If I read that right, they are giving choice subs the U, but taking away classic?


That's the way it reads to me also. And since I'm still with the TC package, I won't have either. :(

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 11:39 AM

If I read that right, they are giving choice subs the U, but taking away classic?


Yup. IMO Classic is worthless anyway.

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 11:39 AM

I believe you're correct. But that's OK with me, I don't think I have ever tuned to Classic, but I always see stuff in the listings on the U that I want to watch.
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Posted 19 May 2009 - 11:43 AM

Will be sweet for college football season :D
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Posted 19 May 2009 - 11:43 AM

Many times when live events go long, they move or start the scheduled one on classic, so not so worthless to me.

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 11:44 AM

Will be sweet for college football season :D


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Posted 19 May 2009 - 11:46 AM

Looks like most will be getting the U soon.

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 11:47 AM

Will be sweet for college football season :D


Sure will, I just don't understand the give and take.

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 11:54 AM

Sure will, I just don't understand the give and take.


It was already posted in the previous thread why they are doing that.

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 11:55 AM

Darn! No ESPNU HD for fall SEC football? I hope all of the ALABAMA games will be either on CBS or ESPN HD instead.

DirecTV, please bring the HD channel online by August.

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 11:57 AM

As part of the agreement, DIRECTV will also launch ESPNU HD by the end of the first quarter 2010.


Not in time for college football season.

Sure will, I just don't understand the give and take.


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Posted 19 May 2009 - 12:05 PM

It was already posted in the previous thread why they are doing that.


Which thread is that? I only see this one about it?

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 12:10 PM

Which thread is that? I only see this one about it?


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Posted 19 May 2009 - 12:10 PM

Will be sweet for college football season :D


Which thread is that? I only see this one about it?


I think he's referring to a thread which has been active for quite some time about ESPNU HD and this story was also mentioned in there today before Stuart locked it. Oops, Cowboy, correct me if I'm wrong.
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Posted 19 May 2009 - 12:12 PM

Will be sweet for college football season :D


yeah, college football season 2010 :(
nothing like having way too much sports programming . . .

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 12:15 PM

Darn! No ESPNU HD for fall SEC football? I hope all of the ALABAMA games will be either on CBS or ESPN HD instead.

DirecTV, please bring the HD channel online by August.


This is most likely because they won't have the bandwidth to support ESPNU HD until D12 get launched in late September. So the 1Q 2010 date doesn't surprise me. You will probably start seeing a lot more stuff coming online in HD around Christmas.

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