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#1 OFFLINE   cavihitts

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Posted 01 July 2007 - 09:46 AM

FYI, The ESPN Gameplan Early Bird offer is now available

July 1st - August 31st

$109 or 2 payments of $54.50

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 12:17 PM

Will DTV be broadcasting the games in HD this year if data source is available? Several ABC games were available in HD on the regional ABC channels but on SD on Game plan.

Last year the video quality of Gameplan channels was so poor. Blurry and pixelating. Far below sd. If DTV is not planning on upgrading the video quality, I probably will cancel my renewal this year and just watch the games on HD channels as I did not watch many Gameplan games last year due to the poor video quality. If the Buckeyes are only available on Gameplan in SD then I will pay the weekly fee for the game. If the Gameplan games are in HD , then I will sign up for the season again.

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 12:27 PM

Will DTV be broadcasting the games in HD this year if data source is available? Several ABC games were available in HD on the regional ABC channels but on SD on Game plan.

Last year the video quality of Gameplan channels was so poor. Blurry and pixelating. Far below sd. If DTV is not planning on upgrading the video quality, I probably will cancel my renewal this year and just watch the games on HD channels as I did not watch many Gameplan games last year due to the poor video quality. If the Buckeyes are only available on Gameplan in SD then I will pay the weekly fee for the game. If the Gameplan games are in HD , then I will sign up for the season again.


Gameplan is not in HD

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 12:34 PM

I would go for it too if it were in HD. ABCHD and ESPNHD do a pretty good job anyway. We have been lucky as the Gators have done well enough to be televised frequently. (Gloat, gloat)

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 12:55 PM

Yeah, we Gators have been lucky. I dropped Gameplan last year due to it not being in HD.

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 01:29 PM

I agree the PQ is just horrible and this will be the 1st time in 11 years or however long it has been that I will not buy this package. There are more games on now every Saturday than I can watch anyways but the driving force is the PQ it is just plain ugly

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 01:33 PM

People mention how poor the picture quality is in SD, I am not so sure anymore. Since we upgraded to HD last fall EVERYTHING looks bad if it isn't in HD. If I go watch a game on an old TV with an old tuner, looks the same as it always did. IMHO

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 01:37 PM

People mention how poor the picture quality is in SD, I am not so sure anymore. Since we upgraded to HD last fall EVERYTHING looks bad if it isn't in HD. If I go watch a game on an old TV with an old tuner, looks the same as it always did. IMHO


That will happen especially if you are using the stretch format.

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 01:48 PM

Yeah, we Gators have been lucky.


You got THAT right!
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Posted 02 July 2007 - 01:51 PM

Understood, I meant that if it isn't HD it is just plain bad. My set does as good as my old CRT's on SD, just makes whats bad, BIGGER!

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 02:05 PM

People mention how poor the picture quality is in SD, I am not so sure anymore. Since we upgraded to HD last fall EVERYTHING looks bad if it isn't in HD. If I go watch a game on an old TV with an old tuner, looks the same as it always did. IMHO


The Game Plan games were far worse than the other SD games that were on FSN, ABC, CBS, TNT etc. It was so bad on some of the score/time tickers in the corner of the screen you almost could not make out the score and time left in the game. With wide shots showing most of the players on both sides of the ball, there was noticeable blocking of the players that is not there on the free SD channels. The quality was just horrible last year.

I also have subscribed for over 10 years to Gameplan, but until it is in HD probably will only buy a week here and there verses the buying of the entire season.

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 02:49 PM

I cancelled my gameplan renewal because of the lack of HD. I hardly watched any games from it last year, because I cannot stand to watch SD if there is an alternative

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 03:17 PM

I cancelled my gameplan renewal because of the lack of HD. I hardly watched any games from it last year, because I cannot stand to watch SD if there is an alternative


I'm just a college football nut, I buy the package to see football...especially games that I can't see due to where I live (I went to a Big Ten school and a Big East school and live on the west coast where those two aren't seen too much).

I'll continue to buy it and Full Court so I can see my Midwest teams

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 08:46 PM

I'm just a college football nut, I buy the package to see football...especially games that I can't see due to where I live (I went to a Big Ten school and a Big East school and live on the west coast where those two aren't seen too much).

I'll continue to buy it and Full Court so I can see my Midwest teams


Just a little FYI Satracer, no more Big Ten games on Gameplan or Full Court.

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 08:15 AM

I was thinking about dropping the gameplan too, but because of the fact that the Tampa DMA has 2 channels that carry Jefferson Pilot sports, (or Lincoln whatever they renamed to last year.) and that blackouts prevented me from whatching several other games of somewhat interest. (I still haven't been able to figure out why, Such as Florida International, a school of 5k kids is blacked out across all of the southeast.) Last year at most on any given weekend I recieved 2 extra games over what I had normally, and sorry BYU and Mississippi state don't thrill me.

But yeh PQ is horrible All around on an HD set, but I end up carrying my reciever up to the parking lot and tailgating with a tripod setup on a 20 inch CRT and all is good.

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 08:23 AM

I re-upped again this year b/c as the previous poster said, I just want to watch some football. Sure the pq was horrid last year, but as long I could discern what was happening on the field that's all that mattered. As soon as ABC/ESPN decide to broadcast all of the regional games on ABC in HD, we'll see a HD version of Gameplan. I think that either next year or 2009 we'll see HD versions of the regional games on ABC.

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 08:37 AM

Just a little FYI Satracer, no more Big Ten games on Gameplan or Full Court.


Yup, I'm aware of that...but my Big East teams are on a ton.

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 10:08 AM

Just a little FYI Satracer, no more Big Ten games on Gameplan or Full Court.


Any Big 10 games shown on ABC regionally can still be on Game Plan. If ABC is showing the Big 10 game on a regional broadcast and your local ABC channel is not showing that game, you can only get that game on Game Plan. The ESPN regional or ESPN Plus syndication games that use to be a part of Game Plan will now be on the BTN. Due to no syndicated Big Ten games on Game Plan, there will be a lot fewer Big 10 games on Game Plan but the ones that they will have will usually be some of the best match ups of the week if you live outside of Big 10 country (like I do). If you live in Big 10 country then it is probably a correct statement that no Big 10 games will be on Game Plan because all of the regional games will be on your local ABC channel and blacked out on the Game Plan Channel.

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 10:26 AM

Any Big 10 games shown on ABC regionally can still be on Game Plan. If ABC is showing the Big 10 game on a regional broadcast and your local ABC channel is not showing that game, you can only get that game on Game Plan. The ESPN regional or ESPN Plus syndication games that use to be a part of Game Plan will now be on the BTN. Due to no syndicated Big Ten games on Game Plan, there will be a lot fewer Big 10 games on Game Plan but the ones that they will have will usually be some of the best match ups of the week if you live outside of Big 10 country (like I do). If you live in Big 10 country then it is probably a correct statement that no Big 10 games will be on Game Plan because all of the regional games will be on your local ABC channel and blacked out on the Game Plan Channel.

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This is correct. The last two years have seen less and less ESPN regional and ESPN Plus games. So those who had GP like I did last shouldn't notice much of a difference when those Big 11 games that were ESPN Plus/regional go to the Big 11 net.

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 10:57 AM

Any Big 10 games shown on ABC regionally can still be on Game Plan. If ABC is showing the Big 10 game on a regional broadcast and your local ABC channel is not showing that game, you can only get that game on Game Plan. The ESPN regional or ESPN Plus syndication games that use to be a part of Game Plan will now be on the BTN. Due to no syndicated Big Ten games on Game Plan, there will be a lot fewer Big 10 games on Game Plan but the ones that they will have will usually be some of the best match ups of the week if you live outside of Big 10 country (like I do). If you live in Big 10 country then it is probably a correct statement that no Big 10 games will be on Game Plan because all of the regional games will be on your local ABC channel and blacked out on the Game Plan Channel.

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With the new contract between the Big10 and ESPN/ABC, all regional games not shown on ABC will be shown on 1 of the main ESPN channels (ESPN, ESPN2). Therefore, there will be NO Big10 games shown on Gameplan. Zero games for anyone throughout the whole country.

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 11:17 AM

I would go for it too if it were in HD. ABCHD and ESPNHD do a pretty good job anyway. We have been lucky as the Gators have done well enough to be televised frequently. (Gloat, gloat)

lucky meaning they haven't had to face USC, yes i happen to finally agree with a gator.

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 11:50 AM

With the new contract between the Big10 and ESPN/ABC, all regional games not shown on ABC will be shown on 1 of the main ESPN channels (ESPN, ESPN2). Therefore, there will be NO Big10 games shown on Gameplan. Zero games for anyone throughout the whole country.


Can you provide a link? I was using the FAQ information on D* Game plan package info and The BTN website, No where does it say that ABC regionally broadcast Big 10 games will be on alterante ESPN channel in out of market areas and not available on GP. I know that ABC/ESPN has shown an ABC game on ESPN in out of market areas which they did do 2 years ago when the west coast ABC stations did not carry a 9:00 AM OSU MIchigan game and was on an alternate espn channel instead. However I dont think it is a requirement for all Big !0 regional games going forward..

If what you say is true, I definitely will not be renewing GP with year, but I can not find any information that supports your comment.

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 12:30 PM

Can you provide a link? I was using the FAQ information on D* Game plan package info and The BTN website, No where does it say that ABC regionally broadcast Big 10 games will be on alterante ESPN channel in out of market areas and not available on GP. I know that ABC/ESPN has shown an ABC game on ESPN in out of market areas which they did do 2 years ago when the west coast ABC stations did not carry a 9:00 AM OSU MIchigan game and was on an alternate espn channel instead. However I dont think it is a requirement for all Big !0 regional games going forward..

If what you say is true, I definitely will not be renewing GP with year, but I can not find any information that supports your comment.

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That is LAST years FAQ it probably won't be updated for a few more weeks yet. As I said earlier no more GP for Ben Ten games.

Here is a link:
http://bigten.cstv.c.../062106aad.html

All regional afternoon football games aired on ABC will be aired by ESPN/ESPN2 in outer-markets, making these games nationally available;


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Posted 03 July 2007 - 01:58 PM

That is LAST years FAQ it probably won't be updated for a few more weeks yet. As I said earlier no more GP for Ben Ten games.

Here is a link:
http://bigten.cstv.c.../062106aad.html


Thanks Dan, I stand corrected.

Since is looks like there is no Big 10 Games on Game Plan and that Game Plan is not going to be available in HD, I see no reason to continue to get this package for the season. I can always pay for a game/week here and there if there is an interesting game but probably not if not in HD. I sent an email into ESPN to confirm. Will let all know if I get a reply.

Now all I need to know is that D* will be showing all of the concurrent games on alternate BTN channels. One week, they have Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State all playing different games at the same time on BTN. I would not want to be working customer service at D* if all of these games are not available. The phones will be ringing off the hook.

Anybody else notice that ESPN Game Plan ad on the Game plan info web page at D* has a picture of Troy Smith. Sure looks like they are trying to make it look like the Big 10 Games are there.

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 08:51 PM

There may be some B10 games on GamePlan, but those will be non-conference away games as the TV rights fall to the home conference.




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