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ESPN Gameplan 2009 in HD???


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#51 ONLINE   JoeTheDragon

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 08:34 AM

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.


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.

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#52 OFFLINE   Paul Secic

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 09:58 AM

I never said UCLA was tops. I said the LA TV market was tops. There are MORE people in LA than Birmingham, AL, New Orelans, LA, Atlanta, and so forth.

Even IF the whole state of Alabama was on TV, LA is still bigger, like it or not. S Cal is also a highly educated poplulation compared to the deep south.

No doubt SEC is tops for football and no doubt that people watch the games. But the LA tv market is bigger.


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Posted 21 July 2009 - 06:40 PM

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.


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?

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 07:53 PM

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.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 06:17 AM

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.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 06:22 AM

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.
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 06:28 AM

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.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 07:40 AM

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.


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.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 07:50 AM

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.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 08:18 AM

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.


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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Posted 24 July 2009 - 12:44 PM

I have D*, but I'm planning to cancel, too. Last year I noticed how much college football there was on CBS, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, Big 10 Network, CBS College Sports and the local RSN among others (most of them in HD). Seems like there ought to be enough to choose from, even if I don't sometimes get that one game I wanted to see most (and as a Verizon DSL customer I get ESPN360, too, and maybe some of those games on GamePlan will be there).

And with ESPNU now moved to the D* basic tier (i.e. not part of a premium sports package), there should be plenty of college football available without dropping a C-note on it.


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Posted 24 July 2009 - 01:09 PM

http://www.multichan...ngton_State.php


You mean ESPNU-HD?
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Posted 24 July 2009 - 06:50 PM

Looks like we will get ALOT of SEC football (IN HD) even without Gameplan...especially if you live in the south!!!

http://sportsillustr...espn/index.html

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 04:57 AM

This is not totally related to D* but ESPN360 is up and available for COMCAST broadband customers as of now. No Gameplan on D* for me this year.

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 09:44 AM

Thanks for the heads-up.

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 12:27 PM

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.


The HD for MLB goes to the NFL Sunday Ticket, and in the past they haven't shared those feeds with Saturday football.

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?


Yes. If the game is in HD on one of the RSNs then you'll have access to it on the Sports Pack. And D* have several of the RSNs in HD 24/7 now, and alternate HD channels for the others.

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 12:32 PM

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.


True. But the point was they don't even provide HD games to GamePlan that are broadcast in HD on D*. All games on GamePlan are SD (and look terrible on an HDTV). I just saw this years ad and there was not one mention of any game in HD, so it's another year I won't be subscribing.

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 05:45 PM

yeah ive been seeing the commercials too and their not in hd which 95% means that gameplan will not be in hd, ill still buy it but it will look terrible on my 42 inch uhhhhh :(

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 07:35 PM

I canceled GamePlan after several years. After upgrading to HD, you just can't watch sports in SD, especially with how badly D* compresses those channels. I subscribed last season after there was a buzz that some games would be in HD. That never happened and nobody is even talking about that possibility this year. We probably won't even get ESPNU in HD for football season. Hopefully when the new satellite is lit up D* will get off its butt and start adding HD again...

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 09:46 PM

It's bad enough that the Pac-10 game on ABC at 3:30/12:30 is never in HD for some reason.

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 10:44 PM

I canceled GamePlan after several years. After upgrading to HD, you just can't watch sports in SD, especially with how badly D* compresses those channels. I subscribed last season after there was a buzz that some games would be in HD. That never happened and nobody is even talking about that possibility this year. We probably won't even get ESPNU in HD for football season. Hopefully when the new satellite is lit up D* will get off its butt and start adding HD again...


+1. I was a GP subs since I started with DTV until this season. I dropped it partially to trim the DTV bill some but the other reason was the same, SD feeds everywhere. If I hear that this fall's feeds are mostly HD, I might jump back in there. After watching those 'Bama Raycom feeds last year....:nono2:

But with the new ESPN contract, maybe it'll be a better picture this season.
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Posted 26 August 2009 - 07:43 AM

Hey, has anyone been billed for auto renewal for GamePlan yet. Seems like we should have by now and have not.


DirecTV, please don't make me have to go back to watching March Madness in standard Def! Oh, and the usual begging for AMC and BBC America. You are so close to actually being the HD Leader.

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 07:59 AM

I got billed and it looks like they are billing it in 4 increments of $28.99.

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 02:23 PM

i think some of the games will be in hd and some will not beacuse i looked on the directv.com gameplan schedule and it said SD channel and HD channel for each game so im getting my hopes up!!!

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 03:44 PM

i think some of the games will be in hd and some will not beacuse i looked on the directv.com gameplan schedule and it said SD channel and HD channel for each game so im getting my hopes up!!!


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