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

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Rob37, Oct 17, 2019.

  1. Rob37

    Rob37 Well-Known Member

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    b4pjoe you aren’t going to get Marquee unless you are in Cubs territory.
     
  2. evotz

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    And if MLB thinks you're in the Cubs territory, you won't get the games on Extra Innings or mlb.tv.

    And if you can't the Marquee network... then you are SOL.

    And that is exactly the same problem I have (or more so my relative that are Cardinals fans) have with Fox Sports Midwest and the Cardinals games.
     
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  3. techguy88

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    Something tells me you should log into your account and double check that "Pamela" didn't add the Sports Pack thinking that would resolve your issue. o_O
     
  4. BigJ52

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    Yep, screwed up situation. At that point I think you have to go with trying to get a different (fake) VPN so you can get the game on mlb.tv.
     
  5. Rob37

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    Just out of curiosity has anyone tried texting "Order" to 223322? On channel 664 that is what it is telling me to do. I wonder if doing that would allow you to see the channel. Is Marquee going to be “Seperate” ?
     
  6. inkahauts

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    Here’s an issue with your distance argument. What would Las Vegas get as a hone team? Right now I believe they get 5 teams but if you can’t claim one that’s more than 150 miles they’d get none and anyone that wanted baseball would have to have extra innings. That seems a bit much imho.

    I think part of the issue is DMAs vs cable network reach and NL vs AL.

    And it’s all a bit ridiculous... the only reason the As are still in Oakland instead of San Jose is territory rights and the giants.

    It is all way over complicated but I’m sure if I sat down long enough I could figure out a better layout that was at least more sensical.
     
  7. inkahauts

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    I personally would wait to add anything and see what actually happens first. I wouldn’t subscribe to sports pack or extra innings till after the start of the season. Extra innings is usually free the first week I believe so you if you are out of market you’ll know and be able to get it on extra innings free week. If you are in market you’ll find out pretty dang fast and get the first games that way. And you’ll find out if you need the sports pack.
     
  8. Rob37

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    The blackout boundaries are outdated and have been for decades. I am not the only person who has said this either. They were put in place decades ago back when not everyone had cable or satellite television service. They were put in place back during the “rabbit ear” days of “over the air” television.
     
  9. barnabas

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    Holy cow cubs fans are getting screwed over so many cubs fans went from being able to watch 140 games on WGN for years into the late 90’s now to none at all holy cow
     
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  10. b4pjoe

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    I have the Premier package and sports pack already and Extra Innings is set to auto renew.

    The issue is that Marquee says I am out of market. MLB and DirecTV has always had me in-market.

    So I can't see Marquee because Marquee says I am out of market but if DirecTV and MLB show I am in-market as they have in years past I won't get the Cubs through Extra Innings or MLB-TV as they will be both tell me I have to watch the in-market network which is Marquee. But again...Marquee says I am out of the area.
     
  11. techguy88

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    Ah I didn't know you had Premier and EI. Hopefully the worst case scenario doesn't happen and you can at least watch Cubs on EI & MLB TV.

    Well with D* you have until the end of the first week to cancel. They use the first week of the season when it is on free preview mode as a grace period. After the first week you can't cancel a seasonal sports package as per their policy. So if @b4pjoe goes to watch a Cubs game on EI during the first week and it blacks him out he can still call and request it to be cancelled and all payments up to that point refunded.
     
  12. BigRedFan

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    Yep, we have gone from being able to watch most Cubs games on basic cable/sat (WGN) for decades up until only a few years ago to now having them on the most "exclusive" RSN in the market. Where not even Sports Pack subs can watch any Cubs-related programs.
     
  13. techguy88

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    One would think if you can get NBC Sports Chicago for White Sox you should get Marquee for cubs since on the map it looks like they share the same territory. Marquee really isn't doing themselves any favors.

    I don't watch sports much but does the White Sox and Cubs play each other? That would be an interesting scenario to see how it plays out on TV.
     
  14. MrMars

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    It is tough to say why it is unavailable in the sports pack, I doubt its something DirecTV or even Marquee wanted. Usually it comes down to money, i'm sure the out of market RSNs do get paid for out of market sports pack subscribers, guessing its peanuts/pennies on the dollar for out of market viewers but doubt its free. Maybe Marquee says they are so many Cubs fans all over the country so we want 10x more then any other RSN out of market. Or something along those lines. Obvious speculation but like everything do feel it comes down to $$$
     
  15. mrro82

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    Unless it's like the ACC Network when it launched. They had that messed up in the system too.

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  16. njohn2121

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    I've tried to read thru the thread and haven't found it. Is Marquee available on Legacy packages? I'm still showing the 721 error on 664.
     
  17. evotz

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    Do you all get the ACC, SEC, and Big Ten networks? I get all 3, I'm assuming that none of those are considered "regional" sports networks since I assume everyone in the nation gets them (if you're on the Choice (?) package? or higher?)

    What's really the point of starting a new network now that isn't national? I mean, 50 to 60 years ago, probably 99% of a town's sports following was one team (usually the closest team). But now... there are Yankees fans in Oregon. Cubs fans in South Carolina. Regional boundaries don't mean that much any more. I kind of would have thought Sinclair would have known this when they got into bed with the Cubs and Marquee.

    I kind of had hopes when they announced the Marquee network that it might be national, given that it wasn't being called the Cubs Network or Sinclair Sports Chicago. The name Marquee doesn't necessarily tie it exclusively to Chicago. Those hopes were quickly dashed though shortly after it was announced.

    What real difference does it make if DirecTV charges 5 million subscribers, in zip codes surrounding Chicago, $6 on their bill or just raises all 15 million subscribers $2 on their bill?

    The same with Youtube and Hulu.

    Was YES the last regional sports network to launch? When was that? I kind of wondered then if that should not have been a national network. But that was at least a handful of years ago.

    I mean, Marquee could potentially sign up other sports for exclusive rights. You never know if Ultimate Frisbee might become the next great sport following and Marquee could sign a contract to carry various teams a la ESPN with Sunday Night Baseball or Monday Night Football.
     
  18. tsduke

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    Marquee zip lookup say's I'm in territory but I get the 712. I've been in Cubs territory for over 20 years. Comcast sport and NBC sports Chicago for last several years. Nice launch. smh

    Directv support says it will be live at 7pm. :(
     
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  19. njohn2121

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    I got fed that line too. Pretty sure it was BS...
     
  20. TheRatPatrol

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    I think the last ones to launch were the Dodgers and Lakers channels.
     

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