Cubs Marquee Network & AT&T/DIRECTV Reach Agreement for carriage.

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  1. slice1900

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    There's a Fox Sports Net package that includes them all.

    I don't think a restaurant being able to get it means anything as far as a residential account being able to get it in the same location. The channels are offered differently to each, there is no "sports package" you can buy as a commercial account that includes everything. If you wanted "everything" you'd have to get a bunch of different things like the aforementioned Fox Sports Net package, various other groups of channels in packages, plus channels that are sold individually like Golf Channel, BTN and SECN.
     
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    dtv757

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    I was able to watch today via mlb.tv

    Also I like the new graphics reminds me of the new FOX NFL graphics

    This is from a replay I was watching this morning [​IMG]

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    I am not a fan of the new graphic dead center at bottom of screen and the never disappearing ticker. How can they use that much screen and not have the pitch speed anywhere? :mad:
     
  4. mrro82

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    The ticker is from MLB Network and not Marquee no? I watched Marquee games on At Bat and it wasn't always there.

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    I quickly looked at last night's padres @ cubs via mlb.tv and the same graphic appeared.



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    Gotcha. I noticed the logo in the bottom right as being MLB Network so I thought that was why it was always on.

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    In the photo I was watching a replay of a cubs spring training game on MLB network.....

    I live out of market for marquee so get blackout on marquee via DirecTV even tho I have MLB EI and sports pack.

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  8. b4pjoe

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    No that is from Marquee. I could see having it popup occasionally to show scores but it shows news and scores from all sports and is there always. And the game info graphic right above it needs to be moved to the upper left or right corner. And it needs to show the speed of pitches thrown too.

    I watched the first part of last nights game on MLB-TV via a web browser on a Mac with a Retina 5K display. The last half I watched at home on my TV via MLB-TV on the Apple 4K TV and the PQ was very noticeably better on the ATV.
     
  9. Apr 1, 2020 #269 of 327
    Rob37

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    The Dodgers just signed a deal with AT&T/DIRECTV to allow their channel to be available on Channel 690 after 6 full seasons of not being available it finally is. The Cubs channel Marquee shows up in the guide but isn't available to Sports Pack Subscribers. The Cubs need to make this right and allow the channel to be available on the Sports Pack as well.
     
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    It is Marquee and the Cubs that only wants it available in the Chicago market.
     
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    How do know this? I suspect they wanted the same fee for everywhere or only do in market. And I assume everyone would balk at charging the same amount in all markets when you can’t even get the games out of market.
     
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    b4pjoe

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    It was either at Cubs convention or when Marquee launched Crane Kenny was interviewed and stated that they would consider expanding outside of the Chicago market at a later date.
     
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    Rob37

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    Right. Let's just hope it doesn't take 6 years like it did for the Dodgers Channel.
     
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    Honestly, I think it's going to take much less time than that. DirecTV already has the channel, which is a big help.
    It still floors me that looking at how the other RSNs work across the country, that the Cubs and Sinclair didn't simply take care of the channel being cleared on satellite nationally like NBC Sports Chicago and the other networks from the start. Maybe such a thing would have held up negotiations so they figured, let's take of Cubs territory first and then everything else later.
     
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    I'll bet that's the reason. They saw what happened with the Dodgers Channel and didn't want any part of that fiasco. Allowing providers to negotiate for Chicago carriage only made it a lot easier to get them to sign up, since it doesn't affect a provider's P&L outside that area. Sinclair just needed to get a few big providers signed up, that puts pressure on the rest to follow or risk having customers leave for another.

    I always assumed Sinclair bought the RSNs so they can bundle them up when their contracts for locals are renegotiated. So when Sinclair's locals contract comes up with AT&T the contract will include not only the locals, but also all the RSNs and require Marquee be carried in the sports package nationwide. When Dish's contract for Sinclair locals comes up, I'll bet Sinclair forces them to add back all the RSNs - or pay a higher price for those locals than anyone else is paying.
     
  16. Apr 3, 2020 #276 of 327
    JoeTheDragon

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    They can force comcast to take the cubs network or cut off local news even if there are 0 games on
     
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    slice1900

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    They can't "cut off local news" until the contract for locals expires.
     
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    This is true but this is Sinclair they can wait until the contract expires and the pandemic is over then pull the locals to get Comcast to carry Marquee.
     
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    slice1900

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    Yes that's what I've been saying was likely their plan ever since they were mentioned as a suitor for the Fox Sports Net RSNs.
     
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    So MLB season starts this week and I have Extra Innings. I am NOT in the Cubs broadcast area so I do not get Marquee which is the only network that will carry Cubs games. But Marquee channel 664 just gives me the standard not subscribed 721 page. I think what should happen is when a Cubs game is played I should get that game on 664 but since it has the 721 page I'll bet that it don't come on when a game starts. Does anyone else that has EI and are not in the Chicago area get the 721 page on channel 664? Or maybe just a page with DirecTV logo which is how I think it should be if I am in fact going to be able to watch Cubs games...with the 721 page I don't think it will come on when a game starts. Last nights exhibition game against the White Sox was on ESPN but people that do have Marquee were able to watch it on Marquee, ESPN and NBC Sports Chicago (White Sox broadcast). I could watch it on ESPN and NBC Sports Chicago but channel 664 only had the 721 page.
     

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