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Comcast Sports Northwest

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

  1. TheRatPatrol

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    If he owns the cable company and the Trailblazers, why didn't he just start his own sports network when all of this happened?
     
  2. desulliv

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    This is why I don't think this Blazer request to the FCC is going to change anything. As Eksnyt points out, Comcast has offered the channel to the satellite providers. The FCC would have to tell Comcast they have to offer the satellite at a price the satellite providers are willing to pay for anything to change. That's not going to happen.
     
  3. Eksynyt

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    Not only that, but Comcast is basically in the government's pockets anyway so they are going to side with cable.
     
  4. ajc68

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    If they're not offering the channel at even close to a reasonable price, are they truly offering the channel to all? That is what the FCC has to decide.

    Additionally, the 101 isn't offering original content (FNL still airs on NBC) or live sports, so there's nothing anti-competitive about it. And Sunday Ticket is an NFL property that is rewarded to the highest bidder. So those examples don't really compare to the CSN NW situation.
     
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    Because in the early 00's he failed miserably at doing just that. Remember the Action Sports Cable Network? It only lasted 16 months and folded prior to broadcasting regular season Blazers games.

    http://seattle.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2002/11/04/daily22.html

    Tuesday, November 5, 2002
    Paul Allen's regional sports network shuts down


    Paul Allen's sports cable television venture, Action Sports Cable Network, ceased operations at midnight Monday, after going 16 months without a distribution agreement with cable company AT&T Broadband.

    Allen intended the regional sports network to broadcast sports events involving Northwest teams, such as Allen's NBA team, the Portland Trail Blazers, and preseason games of his NFL team, the Seattle Seahawks, in the Portland market. But Action Sports Cable Network was never able to strike a deal with AT&T, Portland's dominant cable company. Action Sports Cable Network had been broadcasting on other cable systems in the market, but their reach were not wide enough to go on.

    "Unfortunately, ASCN was never able to achieve sufficient distribution of its product to allow it the remain in business," said Harry Hutt, chief operating officer of Action Sports.

    The network's demise leaves the Trail Blazers scrambling to find alternatives for the 30 games it had intended to broadcast this season via their sister company. Blazers president Bob Whitsitt said the team will hold discussions with cable operators, satellite companies, Fox Sports Northwest and local television stations to explore options. KGW Channel 8 in Portland is scheduled to air 31 Blazers games this season.
     
  6. ASG82

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    Highest bidder, the bidder I liked best, what's the difference? Networks are not the government, they can accept whatever bid they choose.
     
  7. JoeTheDragon

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    also comcast was willing to trade CSN Philly for NFL ST. And that is after they turned down NFL ST.
     
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    Problem with that though is that NFLST is not DirecTV's to resell.


    The product belongs to the NFL.

    They and they alone decree who gets to broadcast ST.

    They've chosen DirecTV. As long as there are Network Broadcast Partners in the NFL Tv business, there will NEVER be more than one provider of NFLST.
     
  9. ASG82

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    Unlike Comcast, who can claim anybody can get cable so they don't need to sell their channel to DTV, DTV cannot say anybody who wants ST can get it if they switch providers. There might be a legit claim that Comcast has to offer CSN to other cable providers but they don't have to offer it to DTV.
     
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    Are you insinuating that cable is available everywhere?
     
  11. ASG82

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    I do not know anywhere that does not have some form of cable television.
     
  12. bamaweather

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    Trust me, there are plenty of locations where cable is unavailable. That's one of the primary reasons many people have satellite television.
     
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    My in-laws can't get cable. Several cities in Arizona were without cable when the cable company was busted for just using DirecTV to bring channels into the headend instead of paying the channels themselves.

    I live in a state where many rural phone companies are the "cable" company.
     
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    My parents can't and they live 5 minutes outside of a city with a population of around 300,000. It just wasn't an option for us when I was growing up.
     
  15. JoeTheDragon

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    Do you any links for more info on that?
     
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  17. Eksynyt

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    I'm sure this whole FCC thing will just get swept under the rug. Remember, Comcast pays off government officials.
     
  18. JoeTheDragon

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    so do DISH and DIRECTV
     
  19. Eksynyt

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    I still say Comcast gets more favoritism from the government than DBS.
     
  20. Eksynyt

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    By the look of things, Oregon will be the toughest team in the Pac 10 to watch this season. With Larry Scott now allowing all teams to broadcast whenever they want with no exclusivities, all games should be televised. However, in weeks where no national outlet picks up Duck games, we will be stuck with CSNNW, and no way to see the game. I can watch all the other Pac 10 teams easily...but not Oregon. I have never hated a corporation more than I have hated Comcast. I wish nothing but the worst of all misfortune to fall upon them. The government should step in and break up their company, or at least something needs to happen to force everybody to sell their stock in them as fast as possible.
     

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