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#1 OFFLINE   gkamer

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Posted 01 February 2006 - 10:30 PM

OK, here is my situation..... I just ordered a 42" plasma and want to change from my old analog cable to satilite cable. I have been looking at both DighTV and DirectTV.

So far I am leaning towards Dish, only because they offer an option to get an HD package with my regional sports station (I want FSN Northwest to watch my beloved Seattle Mariner's).

I see DirectTV only offers regional sports channels on their high end $93.00 package. I don't intend to pay that much for any type of cable package. Hell for a few more bucks I could buy a season ticket and watch the game live.

So does anyone know if DirectTV offers something like that?


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#2 OFFLINE   Newshawk

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Posted 01 February 2006 - 11:10 PM

No, D* offers FSN NW with Total Choice and up. TC Premier gives you out of market RSNs, but any D* basic package gives you your in market RSN.

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Posted 01 February 2006 - 11:16 PM

But... other then the "YES" network, and the rare special situations...

DirecTV doesn't carry any of the RSNs in HD
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Posted 01 February 2006 - 11:27 PM

Errr... Dish does not offer the regional sports nets in HD either. Which package on Dish are you talking about?

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Posted 02 February 2006 - 02:15 AM

gkamer,

The package comparison screen on D*'s web site doesn't "x" the RSN's under Total Choice Plus (locals - the $45.99 package), but the following line is at the top of the screen, "Local channels vary by area and are not listed here. To find your local channels lineup, simply click here and enter your ZIP code."

When you sub to your locals, your local RSN is included. They also offer all RSN's as a Premium Package, which starts at $12.00 a month, depending on how many premiums you have. That's why they show all RSNs checked under the $93.99 package, becuase that includes the RSN premium package.

You would get YOUR RSN under the $45.99 package. And as mentioned, I don't know of any that are HD (except maybe YES in NY).

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Posted 02 February 2006 - 06:33 AM

occasionally D* will toss up HD games that various RSNs broadcast on the upper 90s channels.... if it happens to be the broadcast of your local RSN. you'll be able to watch... good luck finding a schedule though. it's just potluck from my experience.

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Posted 02 February 2006 - 06:58 AM

I have a question regarding regional sports networks in HD for DirecTV. If one is outside of the NY market and subsribes to both SportsPak and MLB Extra Innings, would we get the YES network Yankee games in HD or would we have to live in NY market to get those games in HD?

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#8 OFFLINE   gkamer

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Posted 02 February 2006 - 09:14 AM

OK guys, thanks for the info, that was what I was looking for. Somehow I suspected DirectTV must offer some sort of regional sports somewhere if for no other reason that to compete with what Dish offers....

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Posted 02 February 2006 - 09:32 AM

If one is outside of the NY market and subsribes to both SportsPak and MLB Extra Innings, would we get the YES network Yankee games in HD?

Thanks


yes. the same is also true with the other sports packages. for example i pay for NHL:CI. I get any of the HD games they put up unless my local team (pens) are playing in that game and they are using the opposing market's feed. To further explain, if pittsburgh is playing new york and D* puts up an HD feed of the game and that feed is from FSN-NY... it will be blacked out. If that feed is from FSN-Pittsburgh, I'll be albe to watch. Basically, if the game is offered by your RSN, you are forced to watch it on your RSN (hence the reason all pens games on HDNET are blacked out for me).

that make sense?

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Posted 02 February 2006 - 10:23 AM

gkamer,

The package comparison screen on D*'s web site doesn't "x" the RSN's under Total Choice Plus (locals - the $45.99 package), but the following line is at the top of the screen, "Local channels vary by area and are not listed here. To find your local channels lineup, simply click here and enter your ZIP code."

When you sub to your locals, your local RSN is included. They also offer all RSN's as a Premium Package, which starts at $12.00 a month, depending on how many premiums you have. That's why they show all RSNs checked under the $93.99 package, becuase that includes the RSN premium package.

You would get YOUR RSN under the $45.99 package. And as mentioned, I don't know of any that are HD (except maybe YES in NY).



Locals are irrelevant, your local RSN is included in Total Choice and above, if you sub to locals or not.
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Posted 02 February 2006 - 11:13 AM

OK guys, thanks for the info, that was what I was looking for. Somehow I suspected DirectTV must offer some sort of regional sports somewhere if for no other reason that to compete with what Dish offers....

Directv is owned by News Corp. guess who owns the Fox Regional Sports Networks. (News Corp.):)

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Posted 02 February 2006 - 05:53 PM

Locals are irrelevant, your local RSN is included in Total Choice and above, if you sub to locals or not.


Sorry, my bad. I got faked out a bit by the way they have it laid out, too. I've always been getting my locals, so no experience to fall back on. Thanks for clearing that up!

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 08:49 PM

If one is outside of the NY market and subsribes to both SportsPak and MLB Extra Innings, would we get the YES network Yankee games in HD or would we have to live in NY market to get those games in HD?


yes. the same is also true with the other sports packages. for example i pay for NHL:CI. I get any of the HD games they put up unless my local team (pens) are playing in that game and they are using the opposing market's feed. To further explain, if pittsburgh is playing new york and D* puts up an HD feed of the game and that feed is from FSN-NY... it will be blacked out. If that feed is from FSN-Pittsburgh, I'll be albe to watch. Basically, if the game is offered by your RSN, you are forced to watch it on your RSN (hence the reason all pens games on HDNET are blacked out for me).


That hasn't been my experience with MLB Extra Innings and the SportsPak. I'm a Yankee fan living in Texas. My understanding is that most (if not all) Yankee games on the YES Network are broadcast by D* in HD in the NY RSN. However, here in Texas we only get the SD versions, with an occasional HD game thrown in every so often on channel 95.

Believe me, that's the #1 thing I wish would change, and I'm hoping with the new satellites come RSNs in HD. Maybe even NESN. :)

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 11:46 PM

That hasn't been my experience with MLB Extra Innings and the SportsPak. I'm a Yankee fan living in Texas. My understanding is that most (if not all) Yankee games on the YES Network are broadcast by D* in HD in the NY RSN. However, here in Texas we only get the SD versions, with an occasional HD game thrown in every so often on channel 95.

Believe me, that's the #1 thing I wish would change, and I'm hoping with the new satellites come RSNs in HD. Maybe even NESN. :)


ALL Yankee home and selected road games are on Channel 95. {Or no Channel 96 or 97 if within NY DMA}. DMA is irrelevent. HOWEVER if say in your case Texas is playing the Yankees and FSN SW is carrying the game the YES HD feed would be blacked out as well as the SD feed. I was able to see most Yankee games in HD here in Cleveland last season and the season before. Last year they started the interactive feature which is cool. But with that one feature is only available within the YES territory and thats the ability to choose camera angles.
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 07:30 AM

Here in NY (your experience may vary) the info for channel 96 says it is YES and channel 97 says it is SNY (home of the Mets, lets go Mets!). Having only had HD since Thanksgiving I can't say I have seen any baseball on those stations, however, the Nets, also broadcast on YES seem to have every home game in HD. I'm not a basketball fan but I can't turn off the glorious HD picture.
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 11:15 AM

ALL Yankee home and selected road games are on Channel 95. {Or no Channel 96 or 97 if within NY DMA}. DMA is irrelevent. HOWEVER if say in your case Texas is playing the Yankees and FSN SW is carrying the game the YES HD feed would be blacked out as well as the SD feed. I was able to see most Yankee games in HD here in Cleveland last season and the season before. Last year they started the interactive feature which is cool. But with that one feature is only available within the YES territory and thats the ability to choose camera angles.


Unless I'm misunderstanding what you're writing, I believe you're mistaken. If you're outside of the NY DMA (unfortunately), you'll only get the 1 or 2 HD MLB games chosen for that night. That may or may not be the Yankees. But you're not always going to see the HD Yanks unless you're in the in the NY DMA.
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 11:18 AM

OK, here is my situation..... I just ordered a 42" plasma and want to change from my old analog cable to satilite cable. I have been looking at both DighTV and DirectTV.

So far I am leaning towards Dish, only because they offer an option to get an HD package with my regional sports station (I want FSN Northwest to watch my beloved Seattle Mariner's).

I see DirectTV only offers regional sports channels on their high end $93.00 package. I don't intend to pay that much for any type of cable package. Hell for a few more bucks I could buy a season ticket and watch the game live.

So does anyone know if DirectTV offers something like that?



I live in Seattle and have an HR20. Every Mariners, Sonics, etc. game that FSN Northwest shows in HD is shown on DirecTV on channel 96. Hope that helps answer your question.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 01:10 PM

But... other then the "YES" network, and the rare special situations...

DirecTV doesn't carry any of the RSNs in HD


but isn't there "hope" of RSN's in HD once the new SATs go up? please, earl say there is hope...

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 01:57 PM

but isn't there "hope" of RSN's in HD once the new SATs go up? please, earl say there is hope...


I'm with you Texan, but I think the reality is that 2008 is the earliest we'd see that.
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 03:51 PM

Locals are irrelevant, your local RSN is included in Total Choice and above, if you sub to locals or not.


Only problem in the Philly area is that Philly Comcast won't let D* carry it, so no RSN for us.




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