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

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  1. dtv757

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    Yes I'm in VA with MLB EI and sports pack and get 721 on marquee.

    I believe when there is a live game you will still be able to watch via 700 range or via mlb.tv.

    It's like when Phillies play DirecTV does not have NBC SN philly but games are still in 700 range .

    We will find out soon to confirm

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  2. b4pjoe

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    Looking in the guide the only Cubs games I see are on channel 664 or the opposing teams channel. Not really wanting to have to use MLB-TV or listen to the opposing teams announcers.
     
  3. cmasia

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    I think dtv757 is correct.

    Even though I don't think 664 will light up, you'll get the Marquis Cubs feed on EI somewhere between 721 and 749.

    Those channels have not been populated yet.

    One other thing to note.

    dtv757 is correct about the Phillies and NBCS Philly situation. Those feeds generally appear.

    However, if there is college and pro football in September, the Phillies or Blue Jay feeds are often not on EI, since they are not DirecTV channels and those feeds require additional bandwidth.

    That should not be a problem with Marquis, as EI will only need to "re-map" the existing DTV channel, just like all the other RSN's included in SportsPack.
     
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  4. b4pjoe

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    Thanks for the info. Just will have to wait and see I guess.
     
  5. schmave1

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    I think we'll get the games on there. If DirecTV carries that broadcast, I can't imagine why it wouldn't simply be remapped into the EI channels from 664. And given that DirecTV already carries the channel, there is zero logical reason we won't get the Cubs broadcast every game.
     
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  6. b4pjoe

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    This is MLB and AT&T so not getting it on EI wouldn't surprise me in the least. I've been in the Cubs broadcast network for as many years as I can remember having EI but this year MLB moved me out of it. But I still get the White Sox on NBC Sports Chicago. Just not the Cubs on Marquee. Pretty odd to be in network for one Chicago team and and out of network for the other one.
     
  7. dtv757

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    As you can read earlier in the thread

    This marquee network has some pretty unique. Blackout rules. Which other networks dont have

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  8. Rob37

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    I have MLB At Bat which is linked with my MLB Extra Innings account with DIRECTV. I watched just a little bit of last nights White Sox vs Cubs game on both ESPN Which was available since I am outside Chicago Territory. I was able to get Marquee on my phone via MLB At Bat. If you have MLB At Bat they have the TV Schedules up for each day into the first week of the regular season. They list the Cubs opponent's Network that the game will be available on, but Cubs Marquee Feed is NOT listed anywhere on those AT Bat Broadcasts. I know the season has not officially started yet (Thursday will be opening night) but like I say. As of yet there are no Cub Broadcasts listed and I am out of Market.
     
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    You are correct. I think the Cubs owners don't want anyone outside their immediate broadcast territory to have television access to Marquee. These are the most restrictive blackout rules I think that have ever been negotiated. MLB blackout rules are extremely outdated and they need to be abolished. For years Dodgers fans had no way of getting their team until just this year they finally got a deal struck to be on DIRECTV Channel 690. The Cubs feed might not be available at all to even out of market fans for many years to come.
     
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  10. cmasia

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    Hi, Rob. Have to disagree with you here.

    Out of market games on MLBEI and MLB.tv are owned, controlled, and distributed by MLB, not Marquee.
    MLB has always made feeds from all 30 teams available for the simple reason it adds value to the package.

    There is no reason to think that won't happen here.

    Marquee has been very specific carving out its "in-market" coverage. That leaves everything else in the control of MLB.

    Time will tell but its MLB's call, not Marquee's.

    By the way, the Dodgers situation is not comparable. That was simply a dispute over the price of carriage. And DirecTV even carried Dodger feeds in EI, even though the channel (690) was not available, and EI games were blacked out to in-market subscribers.

    Edit: I do agree with you the blackout rules, in today's environment, are beyond archaic and idiotic.
     
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  11. James Long

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    Who defines the market? If Marquee refuses to have their signal delivered to a particular city or county does that automatically cede that area to the MLB as "out of market"? Or does the MLB define their markets and prohibit Marquee from delivering the games outside of the MLB defined market?

    What happens if the MLB defines a market bigger than Marquee's footprint? That is what I believe has happened. Some people who are "in market" per MLB are not in Marquee's coverage area.

    Most RSNs fix that problem by being available nationwide. (For example, my town is "in market" for the Detroit Tigers but neither DIRECTV, DISH (when they had the channel) nor local cable companies carried FSN Detroit as one of the basic RSNs. Sports Pack/Premier is required to see the Tigers in my town. MLB EI is blacked out.) If Marquee is not part of Sports Pack/Premier they could have gaps similar to the Detroit Tigers - but with no way to watch the game.
     
  12. Rob37

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    7161C285-556B-430E-843E-2329C091431D.png if you will notice the first game that Marquee *should* be broadcasting will be this coming Sunday between the Brewers at Cubs. Now if you will notice all other games are listed in bold. You can click on each game and it will bring up each network that you have as a choice to watch that game. Keep in mind the Cubs opening night game will be shown on ESPN & the next day which will be on Saturday is a FOX National Broadcast. No other way to see that game because it is being shown by FOX. Now for that Sunday game, there is no way to watch that game at all, it does not even list a Brewer broadcast. I will post the next days game following this post.
     
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    931057F0-C138-465A-941A-65D8A14DE4F4.png Now take a look at what I just posted. This is for when the Cubs go to Cincinnati after the first series with the Brewers. For that game and beyond like I said, you can click on every game on "MLB At Bat" like I have for the Cubs at Reds. It only lists one channel that you can get for that game which will be FOX Sports Ohio. No Marquee listed. Time will tell, but like I said, I don't think we’re going to get Marquee at all.
     
  14. cmasia

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    Hi, James. Maybe this will help.

    This is taken from Marquee's website:

    Marquee Sports Network is a regional sports network within the Chicago Cubs home television network territory in portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin, as determined by Major League Baseball.

    And when I typed in my Vegas zip code, I got this message:

    Sorry, but your zip code is outside of the network territory. Please contact your provider regarding potential availability via out-of-market sports packages.

    Channel Finder - Marquee Sports Network - Television Home of the Chicago Cubs

    Finally, this also appears on the website:

    How can I access Cubs games if I am outside of Chicago Cubs broadcast territory?

    If outside of Cubs broadcast territory (per MLB rules), you can watch the games via the MLB Out-Of-Market Package, which is a subscription based service you can download on your smartphone or mobile device.

    Answers to Questions About Marquee Sports Network - The TV Home of the Chicago Cubs
     
  15. James Long

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    The basic question is: Is Marquee available within the entire in market area?
     
  16. cmasia

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    James,
    Geographically, yes.
    Carrier-wise, no. No Comcast, no Dish, etc.

    Also to Rob. looking at the next week's schedule, there is no data anywhere on the TV and radio coverage for the Rangers, Braves, Brewers, Orioles, Giants, Royals, and yes, the Cubs. Pick any date in the schedule:

    MLB.TV | Live Stream Baseball Games

    So, I wouldn't panic...
     
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  17. James Long

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    Thanks. Based on posts earlier in the thread it sounded like the footprints did not align.
     
  18. JoeTheDragon

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    There where some cases where the system did not pay for in market rights for all outer rings so some people who are in that outer ring are blacked out from the games 100%
     
  19. b4pjoe

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    I am in Illinois and I am 250 miles south of Chicago. Up until this season I was always in the network coverage area for the Cubs, White Sox and Cardinals when checking my zip code for MLB-TV so I could not watch those 3 teams on MLB at Bat when they were home. I had to watch the game on Fox Sports Midwest for the Cardinals or NBC Sports Chicago for the White Sox and Cubs. The problem is that many Cubs games were not on NBC Sports Chicago as quite a few were carried by local TV in Chicago which I could not get being 250 miles south of there. So Marquee was a dream come true. In the Cubs network I should get Marquee on 664 on DirecTV since they have a deal with Marquee. But wait. Marquee says "Sorry, but your zip code is outside of the network territory." So I go check my zip code at MLB-TV and low in behold this year I am only in the Cardinals territory. Yeah I can watch them on MLB at Bat. Maybe. We'll see on that but I don't want to have to watch them on MLB-TV. Last night even though MLB-TV says I am only in the Cardinals broadcast area I could watch the game on both ESPN and NBC Sports Chicago and I have been able to watch several White Sox games this week. So it is confusing at best.

    Also as I said...in previous years I was in the network coverage area for the Cubs, White Sox and Cardinals and I am 250 miles south of Chicago. But this year only in the Cardinals territory. I picked out a random zip code from the furthest county south in Illinois which is at least 400 miles south of Chicago and that zip code. When checked at the Marquee website says it is available on DirecTV on Channel 664. And at MLB-TV it says that zip code is in the network coverage area for the Cubs, White Sox and Cardinals. So how can I be 150-200 miles closer to Chicago than that zip code and not be able to get Marquee when they can? It makes no sense.
     
  20. JoeTheDragon

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    Now will they be like MSG and change an added fee for MLBEI use? Directv just needs to remap but in demand needs to pay the bit fees to link it.
    In July no cubs feeds for in demand but they don't have the bandwidth for a lot of dual feeds anyways.
    http://www.tsq.com/alerts/MLB JULY 2020 Schedule.pdf
     
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