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Comcast Sports Northwest

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by masmith, Jul 9, 2007.

  1. donm

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    I would do anything if I could FIOS but I live on the Oregon coast and I doubt it will ever be offer here or at least not for many years. I switched from DISH to Directv a couple years ago and am happy except having to subscribe to the sports pack to get NBATV and no CSNW. I would switch to FIOS/Dish/Charter or Comcast if any of them offered CSNW and I could subscribe to them. Blazers, Ducks and even NBATV are very important for me and it is killing me trying to watch on the internet or not at all. I think for people that can't get FIOS or Comcast they will be out of luck until the Blazer/Comcast contract runs out which I think is another 3 years but I'm not sure.
     
  2. Dusty

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    I don't know. When I find myself squinting at the horrible live streaming window for every Blazers game I can't get, I suppose I will miss Blazers games.

    20 hours is too short for me. I have the habit of recording 12 hours of football + 2 hours of post game shows and 3 hours of SHO/HBO series on Sunday. I probably will hate it but I think can live with 35 hours. 20 hours is not enough.

    I also found that Verizon doesn't carry the HD feed. I don't understand it. They obviously have the bandwidth.

    I will not give in to Comcast. I love Blazers, but not that much.

    Tomorrow night's game against Houston was scheduled to be on KGW, but seems to be bumped by presidential address. Why does Obama have to pick this day?
    Edit: I now saw the game has been moved to CSN NW again. *sigh* One of my most anticipated game gone. Maybe I should focus on Tiger's return this week.
     
  3. Dusty

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    The contract was for 10 years. We are only in the second year. Now you know how screwed we are.
     
  4. Mariah2014

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    Somewhere...
    http://www.oregonlive.com/tailgate/index.ssf/2009/02/ducks_baseball_to_be_broadcast.html
    It's funny. Way back last summer, when IMG signed the Ducks up with Comcast Sports Net, Joe Giansante, one of four UO senior associate athletic directors (who work along side three associate athletic directors, two executive assistant athletic directors, four assistant athletic directors and under two executive senior associate athletic directors ... and Pat Kilkenny) ... where was I?

    Oh, yes. Joe said he was assured CSN would get the deals with the satellite providers and Charter Communications done before football games were missed. His heart was in the right place. Unfortunately, his rear end doesn't have a seat at the negotiating table.

    Football games were missed. Basketball games (thankfully) have been missed. Baseball games will most likely be missed.

    A portion of CSN's release after the jump.

    PORTLAND, OR (February 13, 2009) - Comcast SportsNet Northwest, home of the Northwest's most comprehensive local sports coverage, today announced plans to air in-depth coverage - including 13 live, exclusive game telecasts - of 2009 University of Oregon baseball, the Ducks' first season back on the bases after 28 years.
    Comcast SportsNet's 2009 Ducks coverage begins on Sunday, March 1 as the Ducks host the defending College World Series champion Fresno State Bulldogs. Intra-state contests between the 2006 and 2007 national champion Oregon State Beavers, as well as the University of Portland Pilots are also featured on the schedule.
     
  5. BlackHitachi

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    AGREED!
     
  6. Eksynyt

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    Still nothing...how many places in the country is this an issue?
     
  7. ajc68

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    Philadelphia has the exact same problem as the state of Oregon, but in their case Comcast is using a loophole in the law to withhold the RSN. I've also read something about the Oakland A's games possibly not being carried on satellite, even though CSN California is on Directv.

    In the case of CSN NW, I don't understand why the Blazers and Ducks don't team up and force CSN's hand. After all, they are the channel and it wouldn't exist w/o them. And they are the ones, along with their fans that are getting screwed in all of this. Well, except for all the money they took to get into this lousy deal in the first place.
     
  8. BlackHitachi

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    Very well said!
     
  9. ajc68

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    During the Blazers/Lakers game Mike Barrett said they've hopefully said goodbye to SD forever!! Now if they would only let everybody have the opportunity to see it...
     
  10. Eksynyt

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    That will happen in two thousand never.
     
  11. pbg

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    what do you suggest they do? The Ducks & Blazers sold their souls to the Devil. I’d imagine there is something in the contract saying they can’t talk publically about the contract. All you hear from the Blazer brass is how much they wish there could be a resolution. That irritates me even more. They knew exactly what could happen, and went ahead and chose to take the cash. They basically sacrificed their rural fan base for the money. I guess that’s business 2008 style. I’m sure it was a discussed and decided that it was a fiscally sound decision. I just wish they had the stones to admit it.
     
  12. TheRatPatrol

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    Its been reported in this thread that the Blazers do have the option to pull out their contract with CSNNW if things don't get resolved. If they were smart they would, and go back to FSNNW, now that the Super Sonics are gone.
     
  13. bobnielsen

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    Bainbridge...
    According to wikipedia (yeah, I know), FSNNW is owned by Liberty.
     
  14. pbg

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    I agree, that would be a very noble gesture on the Blazers part. Maybe I’m one of little faith, but somehow I don’t see it happening. I don’t see the Blazers giving Comcast their 10M for 10 years back, and start shopping another contract. Let’s face it. It’s a great deal for the Blazers, and they're smitten with it. The longer this drags out, the easier it is for the Blazers to brush the problems it’s created aside. The issue will pop up again at the beginning of next season, but outside of this forum, or few Blazer lists, you don’t hear too much talk of the issue anymore.

    The real question is, can Comcast SportsNW flourish financially without the Direct and Dish contracts? I don’t know. Obviously need be, they can be bank rolled out of Philly, but can they stand alone and be profitable without more contracts with large carriers? That’s really the only hope we have of seeing the channel on Direct short of some sort of governmental intervention.
     
  15. WebTraveler

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    But the Blazers and Ducks could team up and run a PR campaign against their broadcaster. It's clear who is being unreasonable in this situation - Comcast SportsNet Northwest boss David Manougian.
     
  16. harsh

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    This is what is otherwise known as biting the hand that feeds you. It doesn't usually come out well regardless of where or when the technique is applied
    Comcast is exercising the contract that they paid big money for. The only question is whether or not they lived up to their end of the bargain.
     
  17. Eksynyt

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    I just hope there aren't about 3 or 4 Duck football games this fall that end up being on CSNNW only.
     
  18. WebTraveler

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    This is the problem where cable operator owns a channel in the market. There is simply not an incentive to make the channel available to all. It's basically an anti-trust issue, but its' not pushed. Comcast knows darn well if they come down in price the satellite companies will take even more cable customers from them. It will happen. Many of the folks I know still on cable have cable because of this channel.
     
  19. WebTraveler

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    I am not sure that will happen. The Pac 10 is aware of the situation and does not like the fact that Pac 10 games in the school's home market is not available to all.

    The Pac 10 last year forced UofO to not show the games on GamePlan, since it would effectively force the local fan to pay bib bucks to watch the game. Also, Duck requests to get an exemption have been denied.

    I think the Pac 10 is pissed as heck that the Ducks are on a non-ABC or non-FSN channel and I think indirectly the Ducks games are blocked via all of the contractrual means when possible.
     
  20. ajc68

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    As bad as the Blazers deal with CSN NW is for so many, it's way worse for Ducks fans. As someone living out of state, I've always been able to see all virtually all the football and basketball games that are televised, as well as replays and coaches shows for over a decade. Then the Ducks signed a deal with the devil, and miss some football games, most of the basketball games and all of the replays and coaches shows.

    At a time when the program has worked so hard to get itself branded on a national level, it's shocking they would take seventeen steps back with their TV distribution. It will be interesting to see how things shake out over the next couple of years if the proposed Pac-10 Network gets off the ground.
     

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