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Why isn't ESPN Gameplan in HD?


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#1 OFFLINE   eazy-e

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 12:45 PM

Anybody know why DirecTV hasn't upgraded to HD for gameplan like they do afor all the other PPV packages?

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 12:49 PM

Because ESPN doesn't offer it in HD to any provider.
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#3 OFFLINE   bwaldron

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 12:52 PM

Because ESPN doesn't offer it in HD to any provider.


Correct. My understanding is that DirecTV would be willing to offer it in HD if they were allowed to -- but that ESPN doesn't want to upset cable companies (many of which lack the bandwidth to do Gameplan HD) by letting them do so.

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 01:00 PM

Correct. My understanding is that DirecTV would be willing to offer it in HD if they were allowed to -- but that ESPN doesn't want to upset cable companies (many of which lack the bandwidth to do Gameplan HD) by letting them do so.

ESPN, the world wide leader in sports. :rolleyes:

If D* is willing to pay for it I don't see why ESPN wouldn't let them have it. Cable is slowly catching up on bandwidth, so I see this a mute point in the future.

Maybe ESPN wants more eyes on their main channels then the game plan channels?

No, I don't hate ESPN, I have it on right now. I'm just saying, HD is the only way to watch sports nowadays. ;)

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 03:06 PM

ESPN, the world wide leader in sports. :rolleyes:

If D* is willing to pay for it I don't see why ESPN wouldn't let them have it. Cable is slowly catching up on bandwidth, so I see this a mute point in the future.

Maybe ESPN wants more eyes on their main channels then the game plan channels?

No, I don't hate ESPN, I have it on right now. I'm just saying, HD is the only way to watch sports nowadays. ;)


+1. That's one reason I cancelled GP for the first time this year. Mostly it was for budget reasons but if the GP games were all HD, it would have been a tough call for me.

The other reason is that I wasn't using GP that much the last 2-3 years. The only game I've missed so far is today's USC/Wash game. That's the one that went to GP due to the local ABC and the ESPN Big Ten game getting the reverse-mirror coverage in the Dallas mkt.
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Posted 19 September 2009 - 05:33 PM

Because ESPN doesn't offer it in HD to any provider.


and that is whay I stopped getting before last year started.

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 10:55 PM

I canceled this year and the reason I gave the CSR was no HD for the games. I figure that hits everyone in the pocketbook and may prompt some action.

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 06:20 AM

ESPN doesn't even do alternate games on ESPN/ESPN2 in HD, why would you think they would have the ability to do 5 or 6 games in HD on Gameplan?
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Posted 20 September 2009 - 08:41 AM

ESPN doesn't even do alternate games on ESPN/ESPN2 in HD, why would you think they would have the ability to do 5 or 6 games in HD on Gameplan?


and last year the when the non HD game went to OT they bumped nascar to ECL in SD.

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 09:33 AM

my guess is the cost and availability of HD production trucks is the limiting factor. It's probably far more economical for ESPN to rent the SD trucks, and even if they wanted to do HD, there still are a limited number of HD production trucks that can do an event the size of a football game.

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 09:45 AM

Most of the games that ESPN does is in HD in the area that they broadcast in the area. I would think that Gameplan would use similar amount of bandwidth that Sunday Ticket is using. It does make me wonder if cable companies are having their way by not allowing it in HD because they don't have the capacity. No HD = No Gameplan for me.
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Posted 20 September 2009 - 09:53 AM

thats why I still have a nice SD 53 inch big screen for SD viewing. Cause watch SD on HD looks like an internet feed.
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Posted 21 September 2009 - 06:57 AM

my guess is the cost and availability of HD production trucks is the limiting factor. It's probably far more economical for ESPN to rent the SD trucks, and even if they wanted to do HD, there still are a limited number of HD production trucks that can do an event the size of a football game.


This was true a few years ago, but as someone else said, most of these games are in HD somewhere, so they are produced in HD. THey are just not carried in HD. Actually, if they were even close to what used to pass as SD quality it would not be so bad, but it looks like an internet feed.

We did sub to Gameplan this year, but since all the GP games are now on ESPN360 (and hey, the one good thing about AT&T DSL is ESPN360 access) I will have a couple of computers running by next year on my TVs so we can watch it that way. I just could not find the systems that I wanted in time this year.


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 21 September 2009 - 08:00 AM

We did sub to Gameplan this year, but since all the GP games are now on ESPN360 (and hey, the one good thing about AT&T DSL is ESPN360 access) I will have a couple of computers running by next year on my TVs so we can watch it that way. I just could not find the systems that I wanted in time this year.


I canceled GamePlan before the season and did just that. Why pay for GamePlan if it's not in HD and you can get the same games free on ESPN 360?
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Posted 21 September 2009 - 03:15 PM

Are games that are part of GamePlan blacked out of the Sports Package, a la MLB, NHL, and NBA games? I saw, for example, that Ohio State/Toledo was part of GamePlan, but was also on Altitude, an out-of-market RSN I get via the Sports Package. Would I have been able to watch that game this past weekend or would I have been blacked out? Please advise.

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Posted 21 September 2009 - 04:17 PM

I watched the Ohio St game on Altitude and I'm not a GP subs. From what I can tell early in the season, there's several games on GP that will also be available on one of the RSN's. I cancelled GP for the first time this year and so far the only game that I've missed that I would have watched partially was the USC/Washington game.

I needed to trim my DTV budget and I hadn't been utilizing GP much the last 2-3 years. So far, it's working out. I know there will be some other ABC/ESPN "reverse-mirror" games that I'll miss without GP but I couldn't justify the $'s for GP this year.
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Posted 22 September 2009 - 07:20 AM

Scrolling through the guide I see GP games that are on the RSNs all the time. In fact, already at least once this year, there was a game that was in HD on the RSNs and of course, youtube quality on GamePlan. Guess which one I watched. ;)


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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