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Comcast Philadelphia

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by valleygreen22, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    If they got Comcast Sportsnet Philly, then yes Philly would be a fantastic growth opportunity. At only 4% market penetration, there is PLENTY of room for growth. DirecTV like to show those positive numbers every quarter. It would be a great untapped market.
  2. wilbur_the_goose

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    cypherx - excellent point. Almost all my friends would switch if they could get CSN-Philly and the sports packages (especially NFLST, of course)
  3. spaul

    spaul Godfather

    Jul 18, 2009
    Directv would add 10,s of thousands in the Philadelphia region if they did get CSN Phila.That would have to be a big incentive for them to push this eventually.Besides keeping people like me either way there is plenty that live in pockets that satellite is their only choice since, Comcast finds it not worth the time and money to bring service to them.These people are doubly punished not being able to watch their home teams games under none of their doing.
  4. austen0316

    austen0316 AllStar

    Jun 21, 2006
    just noticed cablevision added csn Philly hd
  5. stoutman

    stoutman Godfather

    Feb 8, 2003
    Interesting development because now there is a price point. A step closer to Directv having the channel, but not worth a countdown.
  6. espnjason

    espnjason Armchair Referee

    Sep 30, 2008
    Update, I just confirmed for the Mercer county (Trenton) area. I am not sure how recent it is.

  7. digidan

    digidan Cool Member

    Apr 24, 2006
    CSN HD was added to Cablevision Nov 1st. Still no TCN.
  8. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    so you will not get any CSN + games unless comcast changed that or cablevison got CSN + as part of there deal.
  9. la24philly

    la24philly Hall Of Fame

    Mar 8, 2010
  10. sdk009

    sdk009 Icon

    Jan 19, 2007
    Kihei, Maui, HI
    OK, now I'm confused.
    From the FAQ referenced above:
    "The Comcast Network is available to every TV distributor - cable, satellite and telco - that serves viewers in the network's territory [roughly defined as the Greater Philadelphia area, including Eastern & Central PA, South NJ and Delaware, subject to league rules and restrictions]. Please contact your TV provider to request that the network be added to your lineup." (Bold type is mine)

    If I'm not mistaken, I don't think that statement is true.
  11. la24philly

    la24philly Hall Of Fame

    Mar 8, 2010
    well when i looked at that site,

    i saw listings for comcast, service electric, and verizon. I didn't see any other providers.

    that list is from csnphilly/ comcast network site.

    If something isn't right then that would be comcast fault for not updating or providing correrct info.

    I thought all local cable providers in philly would have TCN. I also noticed on that list they don't offer the channel number in HD besides the comcast listings.
  12. n3ntj

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    I am guessing that they are saying that it is available "for the right price" to satellite distributors. Pretty funny that Comcrap says that their Comcrap Network is available on satellite. Another Comcrap lie.
  13. oldengineer

    oldengineer Godfather

    May 25, 2008
    It may be that Comcast is really making TCN available because it's a garbage channel that only has Flyers/Sixers games on when there is a conflict with programming on CSN. TCN without CSN is as useless as .......... (fill in your own answer)
  14. jpl

    jpl Hall Of Fame

    Jul 9, 2006
    No... that statement is true. Comcast made that channel available to everyone to pick up. But not everyone did. I've said this before - DirecTV could add that channel today if they wanted to. They just don't want to. Verizon didn't have it initially either (and they still don't carry it in HD). It was only after some very vocal grumbling by folks in this market that Verizon reconsidered and added the SD version of the channel.

    Yes it has some fall-over games, but for the most part it's basically a souped-up local access channel, which is probably why there's so little interest in other providers carrying it.
  15. wilbur_the_goose

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    sdk009 - that may well be true. We may now have a situation where D* and E* have decided not to carry CSN-Philly.
  16. joewdial

    joewdial Cool Member

    Aug 30, 2007
    No, this is saying TCN (The Comcast Network) is available to everyone. NOT Comcast Sportsnet. For the few games a year on it, I could see why DTV didnt pick it up.
  17. dvdmth

    dvdmth Icon

    Jul 24, 2008
    Denver, CO
    There's no incentive for D* to get TCN unless and until they get CSN. It would be like (using my home town as an example) carrying Altitude 2 without carrying Altitude. It only adds to their cost without getting them any new subscribers (or if they do get any, it'd be very few). Once D* gets CSN Philly (which I speculate will happen sometime next year, as I believe the FCC will move forward on that issue once the MSG issue is over with), then it would make more sense to add TCN, especially if Comcast requires it to get CSN+ games (which apparently they do in that market, unlike any other). That said, depending on the price for TCN, it may still not make good business sense to pick it up even after getting CSN, though if they made that choice they'd risk having Comcast move a bunch more games to TCN.
  18. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    but how will the fcc take that? the moving games to TCN can end being a other court case as well.
  19. sd610

    sd610 Cool Member

    Jun 10, 2010
    But I wouldn't put that past Comcast. They love their stranglehold on SE PA.
  20. wilbur_the_goose

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    sd610 - Would you handle it any differently if you were a Comcast exec?

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