Big Ten Free Preview Is Over

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  1. Mar 19, 2008 #1 of 124
    tsmacro

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    I just rec'd the following:


    Big Ten Network Free Preview Ends

    What? The Big Ten Network free preview for America’s Top 100 ends.

    Why? As announced when the Big Ten Network launched in September 2007, America’s Top 100 customers had the unique opportunity to preview the network until early 2008. That preview period is now over, and the Big Ten Network will be carried on America’s Top 100+ or higher for customers residing in the designated eight-state Big Ten institution territory.

    When? Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at 5 p.m. ET.

    How are customers being notified?
    A screen crawl will appear on the Big Ten Network channel (Ch. 439) for America’s Top 100 customers starting March 17, and ending on March 19, 2008.

    Which programming package is affected by this change? America’s Top 100 (AT100).

    Which channels are impacted?
    Big Ten Network: Ch. 439/9500 Big Ten Network Alternate 1: Ch. 440
    Big Ten Network HD: Ch. 439/9500 Big Ten Network Alternate 2: Ch. 441
     
  2. Mar 19, 2008 #2 of 124
    garn9173

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    I'm surprised E* doesn't make BTN a part of it's sports package.
     
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    Would shock me if they didn't have it there by the time football season starts
     
  4. Mar 19, 2008 #4 of 124
    epokopac

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    The last I heard about it (via Wikipedia) was:

    "However, Dish Network, which began airing the channel a week after it started, has indicated that in March 2008 it will move the Big Ten Network to its America's Top 100 plus package for subscribers in the eight state Big Ten region and on some as yet undetermined tier for other subscribers."

    I consider it an RSN and nothing more. Logically it belongs in the Multi Sports Pack.
    Can't say that I remember much of anything being blacked-out last fall whenever I tuned in. 24/7 viewers may have a different opinion. Never tuned in again once the football season was over.

    I guess we'll know what's happening before too long.:)
     
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    jefbal99

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    They had excellent B-Ball coverage, and occasional HD hockey, which was a big plus
     
  6. Mar 19, 2008 #6 of 124
    Stewart Vernon

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    Big Ten seemed to have a down year basketball-wise, in my opinion, so I didn't watch much... but the production quality was nice on the channel. My main interests are football and basketball, so my interest would be pretty much gone until August when football kicks up again, so still some months to decide if its worth kicking in extra for the multisport pack to get this channel back.
     
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    Is it still available in HD Only package? (in the 8 states?)
     
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    James Long

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    Is there anyone outside the eight state area with sports pack who can verify if BTN is available in sports pack or truly has gone "RSN only"?
     
  9. Mar 19, 2008 #9 of 124
    James Bond

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    Yes. It is in the Multi Sport Pack which I subscribed to the other day. I found out about this last week from another source.
     
  10. Mar 19, 2008 #10 of 124
    epokopac

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    Lawrencevill...
    James:

    I live in Georgia and have the Multi Sports Pack with AT200. I'll see what shows up on the EPG when I get home tonight and I'll report back. I believe the preview for the "less than AT100+" subscribers disappears at 5:00 PM EDT. I'm usually home by 6:00 PM.

    Be interesting to see what's left. All B10 channels? 439 only? Alternates only? One or two alternates? Nothing?

    Regards,

    Eugene Pokopac - Lawrenceville GA:confused:
     
  11. Mar 19, 2008 #11 of 124
    James Bond

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    DISH said in a retailer chat last week it would be available in the Multi Sport Pak. That is why I got it last week because I did not want to lose Big Ten. There is no doubt it is in Multi Sport Pak.
     
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    nmetro

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    Hi Everyone,

    I have AT 250 and the Sports Pack ($5.99/month). At 3:00 PM MDT (5:00 PM EDT) BTN is still being received in Colorado. The only question is will we be able to receive live sporting events on BTN. As BTN is being treated as a RSN, we may no longer receive live sporting events which seems to be the practice of other out of market RSNs. I guess we'll have to wait for the weekend at the earliest to find out (wrestling, gymnastics, etc).

    Nick
     
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    nmetro

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    Addition to my last post. All BTN channels and HD equivalents are still active with At 250 and Sports Pack as of 3:00 PM MDT (5:00 PM EDT).
     
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    James Long

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    Good to hear ... especially for the transplants who have left the eight states. :)
     
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    Stewart Vernon

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    Even though from a customer perspective BTN is essentially like an RSN now... unless and until they get rights to carry any pro games it should be better than an RSN in that there should be no blackouts. Other RSNs have college games out-of-market but all the pro sports are blacked out... but I can't think of any reason why anything would ever be blacked out on BTN... so for Big Ten fans who are out-of-market this should be a good channel to have and may bump subscriptions to multi-sport.
     
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    Stewart Vernon

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    Good question... No other RSNs are included in the HD-only package, and you can't add multisport to the HD-only package... so my gut says no. However, since it is different from the other RSNs as being college-only, perhaps Dish may make an exception?

    Someone will have to chime in who has only the HD-only package and let us know.
     
  17. Mar 19, 2008 #17 of 124
    epokopac

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    BTN still on in Georgia!

    I have AT200 and the Sports Pack.

    Usually the only RSN sports that are blacked out are professional (MLB, NHL, NBA ...). It's possible that some PPV (ESPN Game Plan. Full Court and the like) college sports MAY be blacked out on the RSNs at the time the PPV provider is showing them.

    Looks like this is the criteria to get BTN (so far):

    In the 8 state BTN region - must subscribe to AT100+ (or greater)
    Out of the 8 state BTN region - must subscribe to AT100+ (or greater} "AND" the Multi Sports Pack:)
     
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    This is why I hope for an "SEC Channel" ... outside of SEC territory SEC basketball (and the few football games) on RSNs are blacked out. Some of these are part of FullCourt, some not.
     
  19. Mar 20, 2008 #19 of 124
    sievers

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    I have hd-only and I get big ten network. I also live in the 8 state big ten region. Not sure if those outside the region with hd-only get it too.
     
  20. Mar 20, 2008 #20 of 124
    Madison Hawk

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    According to the BTN's website, you are correct:

    Q: On what level of service does DISH Network offer the network?

    A: Inside the eight states with Big Ten universities, Big Ten Network is now available on DISH Network's America's Top 100 Plus package. Outside the eight states, subscribers to America's Top 100 Plus also will need to purchase DISH's Multi-Sport Pack.

    Q: Why did DISH Network change the level of service?

    A: Big Ten Network and DISH had agreed the network would reside within America's Top 100 Plus in the eight Big Ten states after DISH's national customers had an opportunity to see the network's initial football and basketball seasons. That preview ended in March 2008. AT100+ includes all of the top regional sports networks and national sports networks like Big Ten Network, and is DISH's equivalent of the expanded basic level of service on cable.


    http://www.bigtennetwork.com/corporate/FAQ.asp
     
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