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ESPN Gameplan Schedule?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by jpuiner, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. jpuiner

    jpuiner New Member

    Sep 2, 2009

    I bought Gameplan for the first time this year, and I'm trying to find a schedule on Dish Network. Alas, we've had to change our plans this weekend and go out of town, so I'm trying to queue up recordings of a bunch of games.

    Does Dish Network have a schedule hidden somewhere like the one for DirectTV? Someone asked this same question on this forum in 2006 (t=63935) but the link in that thread is broken and searching on Dish Network now yields no results.

    Can someone who's bought the package before give a rundown on how it works? I see, for example, that the Tennessee game will be shown on channels 412 (Madison Square Garden) and 419 (Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area). Because I bought Gameplan, will one of those channels be unlocked for me? Or should I expect the game to magically appear on one of the game plan channels (455-465) even though there are NO games listed there now on my home DVR? (ViP 722 if it matters).

    Thanks for any help. This is the first time I've bought any pay-per-view from Dish in six+ years as a customer and I'm really frustrated with how little information they provide besides more and more ads to buy something I've already paid for.
  2. coldsteel

    coldsteel Hall Of Fame

    Mar 29, 2007
    It will be on the GamePlan channels, but they usually will not populate until that day.
  3. jpuiner

    jpuiner New Member

    Sep 2, 2009
    Thanks for the quick reply.

    I can record games from those channels, correct?

    If the schedule isn't available tomorrow, I'll call Dish Network and yell at them until they read it to me over the phone. Then I should be able to pre-program the games for the weekend.
  4. nmetro

    nmetro Godfather

    Jul 11, 2006
    To find the GamePlan schedule, look at the EPG for channels 455 - 466, this is where GamePlan has appeared in the past. The games are only offered in SD; at least they were last year, even though ABC or CBS may be carrying a game in HD.

    For Big Ten fans, generally the rules fro game carriage are these:

    1. ESPN opts for a game on one of their networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN Classic).
    2. Next, the game is offered to ABC (National or Regional). For out of market Big Ten viewers, the regional games end up in SD on ESPN or ESPN alternate channels.
    3. Next, Big Ten Network.
    4. Finally, ESPN+.

    In most cases, a Big Ten game will end up on satellite some place. However, once in a while a game will not end up anywhere, except in GamePlan only. This may be the case for this year's Ohio State - Toledo game.

    By the way, the Big Ten Network has multiple channels. The main channels is on 439 (and 9500) , and the alternates are at 9501 - 9504)

    Finally, to get Big Ten Network (out of a Big Ten states), you must subscribe to the Multisport Package for $5.99 a month. Considering NFL RedZone also has the same requirement (Multisport), a subscription will take care of both channels at once.
  5. coldsteel

    coldsteel Hall Of Fame

    Mar 29, 2007
    Do not expect the schedule to be posted until Friday. You can record them however.
  6. demarcoc

    demarcoc New Member

    Oct 13, 2006
    Go to the ESPN College Football page and hit "Schedule." Scroll down to Saturday's schedule and you'll see the TV coverage, including if the game is on GamePlan. Some of those games are subject to blackout if they're already available on your ABC local, etc.
    Schedule is here: http://espn.go.com/college-football/schedule
    Blackout maps are here: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/gameplan/blackout

    I've had GamePlan for years. I live in Michigan, but I graduated from Arizona State and this lets me watch additional Pac-10 games I can't get from the regional Fox Sports networks I also get through the Multi-Sport pack.
  7. 4bama

    4bama Godfather

    Aug 6, 2006
    This is one of the best sites for College Football's TV schedule...It includes ALL games that will be televised, Network, Dish and DirecTv channel numbers..it also includes games that will not be televised.

    This list is updated every Monday, so only print a week at a time so late schedule changes will be incorporated.

  8. coldsteel

    coldsteel Hall Of Fame

    Mar 29, 2007

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