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ESPNU HD When On DirecTv?

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  1. Aug 20, 2008 #21 of 445
    harsh

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    I'm thinking you would have to go out a couple of decimal places to represent the percentage likelihood.

    Unless ESPN pulls some major strings, ESPNU will remain in everyone's sports package.
     
  2. Aug 20, 2008 #22 of 445
    ActiveHDdave

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    I was listening to The Heard on ESPN radio yesterday. His radio show will be broadcast starting Monday on ESPNU.

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  3. Aug 20, 2008 #23 of 445
    Herdfan

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    Please, please, please. :)

    I will be glad for this to be on TV so I can have it on in my office after Mike & Mike and not have to deal with a radio.
     
  4. Aug 24, 2008 #24 of 445
    Steve4242

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    I wrote to DirecTV customer service asking if they were going to add ESPNU HD when it starts in late August and here was their reply:

    Response (Generoso B. - 100132932) - 08/23/2008 04:17 PM
    Dear MR. XXXXXX,

    Thanks for writing.

    While we don't have plans to add ESPN in HD at this time, we're working to bring you even more HD channels in the near future. I have forwarded your request to DIRECTV management. Stay tuned to directv.com/hd to keep up with the latest HD news.

    Sincerely,

    Gene B.
    Employee ID xxxxxxxx
    DIRECTV Customer Service

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  5. Aug 24, 2008 #25 of 445
    TheRatPatrol

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    Where are you reading this at, do you have link? Thanks
     
  6. Aug 24, 2008 #26 of 445
    arwalke

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    I've read August 28 as the launch date for ESPNU HD...to coincide with the first Thursday night college football games of the season. I would assume DirecTV will add the U in HD as soon as it's available.
     
  7. Aug 24, 2008 #27 of 445
    Michael D'Angelo

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    August 28th is the date that ESPNU HD will launch and a lot of us assumed it would be picked up by DIRECTV right away or shortly after that but it is not looking that way as of right now.
     
  8. Aug 24, 2008 #28 of 445
    dcowboy7

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    whenever u make a statement like that always think "mod squad"....pete, julie & linc.

    ok not spelled the same but.
     
  9. Aug 24, 2008 #29 of 445
    harsh

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    Perhaps this is another one of those nuggets of information that came in verbal form only. Podcasts are a most excellent way to store information in a form that cannot easily be searched or validated.
     
  10. Aug 25, 2008 #30 of 445
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    I hope so.....This is the first time in five years that I have had Saturdays off so I am looking forward to watching Bowling Green play in HD on Saturdays!
     
  11. Aug 25, 2008 #31 of 445
    Jason Whiddon

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    As much as Id hope so, I wouldnt count my chickens.
     
  12. Aug 25, 2008 #32 of 445
    tommy_mc

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    I wrote DirecTV customer service last week re: ESPNU-HD and got back the following reply. I have a strong feeling that this was a canned response and doesn't actually mean anything.

    "I understand your anxiousness to be able to watch your favorite games in HD. While we don't have plans to add ESPNU in HD at this time, we're working to bring you even more HD channels in the near future. Stay tuned to directv.com/hd to keep up with the latest HD news.

    I have also forwarded your feedback on to the DIRECTV Management so your voice will be heard.

    Thanks again for writing and for giving us the opportunity to respond to your concerns."
     
  13. Aug 25, 2008 #33 of 445
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    ESPN pays $2.25B for SEC rights

    ESPN will pay the Southeastern Conference a staggering $2.25 billion over the next 15 years, about $150 million a year for the conference’s TV rights, giving the network all of the SEC’s content that was not taken by CBS, industry sources confirm.

    The deal effectively ends any conversation of a conference network, and it knocks Raycom Sports (formerly Lincoln Financial and Jefferson Pilot) out of the SEC’s distribution business for the first time since 1986, when JP Sports began distributing SEC basketball.

    Combined with the 15-year, $55 million a year that the SEC will receive from CBS for the over-the-air package of games (SportsBusiness Journal, Aug. 18-24), the conference will bring in an average of $205 million annually in media rights beginning in 2009-10 and running through fiscal 2025.

    That’s nearly three times what the SEC had been receiving in TV revenue as part of its current deal, which runs out next spring. That amounted to around $70 million per year.

    SEC athletic directors met in Orlando last week to finalize the deal, which is expected to be announced later this week.

    What won’t be announced next week, though, is a forthcoming agreement between ESPN and Comcast that will initially put ESPNU in about 7 million Comcast homes. That deal could be finalized in the coming weeks and could potentially give ESPNU full digital basic distribution of around 14 million homes on the country’s biggest cable operator. ESPNU, which is in 25 million homes, previously had failed to gain carriage on Comcast, but this deal eventually could push it to reach about 40 million homes, a critical threshold for advertising, industry sources say.

    ESPN’s syndication arm, ESPN Regional Television, will handle syndication to local broadcasters throughout the Southeast. It also will make regional cable packages available to cable channels, such as Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast and Fox RSNs.

    ESPN’s strategy is to secure high-quality
    programming for its networks
    and broadband platforms.“These extraordinary numbers reflect the continuing increase in value for major college sports,” said Neal Pilson, a TV consultant and former CBS Sports president. “We’re seeing significant increases in value at the conference level and we’re also going to see it for the BCS in the near future. As we’re seeing with the Olympics, sports have a built-in, not recession-proof, but recession-resistant quality. There’s a resiliency in terms of audience and ratings.”

    ESPN’s aggressive bid is part of a strategy to secure high-quality programming for its networks and broadband platforms, while keeping the SEC from launching its own cable channel that eventually could compete with ESPN.

    And Raycom, which had been in talks with the SEC to the end, likely lost out because it was not able to match the size of ESPN’s bid or the number of platforms it can use.

    The SEC’s total payout to its schools in 2007-08 was $63.6 million after the conference’s cut. TV revenue is distributed among the 12 universities and the league; each school received about $5.3 million this past fiscal year. Under the new deal, that annual number could leap to as much as $15 million per school, which is just shy of the projected average revenue Big Ten schools get from their TV deals each year.

    It is difficult to make an apples-to-apples comparison between the two conferences because of the incongruity of the length of the deals and their escalating values. But the Big Ten Network could annually pay its schools an average up to $10.2 million each over the 25-year term of its deal with the Big Ten. The deal started this past year with a payment of $6 million to each school and the number could escalate each year, depending on the network’s revenue.

    The Big Ten Conference’s 10-year deals with CBS and ESPN will produce an average of $9.3 million for each school.

    “By not going with a channel, the SEC gave more value to its broadcast and cable partners,” Pilson said. “You don’t have the dilution of audience. And 15 years out, it’s hard to know what the marketplace will look like, but the SEC will be taking another bite of the apple” at that time.

    ESPN’s package of games will include the SEC basketball tournament finals, which previously were televised by CBS. ESPN also is expected to offer an expanded package of regular-season basketball games across its networks.
     
  14. Aug 25, 2008 #34 of 445
    Jason Whiddon

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    Woohoo!!
     
  15. Aug 25, 2008 #35 of 445
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    If ESPNU starts carrying some of the SEC games I guess I will have to add the sports package even though I sure don't want to, more reasons for DirecTV to move it from the sports package.
     
  16. Aug 25, 2008 #36 of 445
    RAD

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    Gee, sure looks like canned response #27, here's what I got when asking about WGN America lass week:

    "Thanks for writing. While we don't have plans to add WGN America in HD at this time, we're working to bring you even more HD channels in the near future. Stay tuned to directv.com/hd to keep up with the latest HD news."
     
  17. Aug 25, 2008 #37 of 445
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    No, reason for them *not* to move it. You would be willing to pay the extra for the games.
     
  18. Aug 25, 2008 #38 of 445
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    TV Sports Notes
    ESPNU Goes HD
    Launches with football telecast on Thursday
    By Glen Dickson, Broadcasting & Cable, 8/25/2008

    College-sports dedicated network ESPNU will step up to high-definition this week, as ESPNU HD launches Thursday with a live telecast of the football game between Vanderbilt and Miami of Ohio at 7:30 p.m. ET.

    Within the first year of its launch, ESPNU HD plans to air more than 200 events in the 720-line progressive (720p) HD format, including all of its Thursday and Saturday live college football games as well as college basketball, lacrosse, baseball, softball, volleyball, wrestling and hockey. The network will be the fourth HD network offered by sports giant ESPN, following ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNNews; ESPN-produced HD sports coverage also airs on corporate cousin ABC.

    ESPN says it has secured carriage for the new network with Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV, RCN, Atlantic Broadband and Broadstripe, and is working on further distribution with other multichannel operators.

    “ESPNU going HD is a natural progression of this robust brand and we look forward to serving all of our college sports fans this season and for seasons to come with this high-quality service,” said Rosalyn Durant, vice president and general manager of ESPNU, in a statement. “Since the advent of HD, fans have told us that nothing beats the HD viewing experience – especially when it comes to their favorite sports and teams.”

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  19. Aug 25, 2008 #39 of 445
    RAD

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    Scott at StaGuys says a contact he has at ESPN says a deal has been signed with E* but it won't debut there until later in the year, and nothing has been signed with D* as of last week to add it.
     
  20. Aug 25, 2008 #40 of 445
    commodore_dude

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    Great, so when are we going to get CSS on D*? Not that I particularly enjoy watching the abysmal video quality compared to the big Comcast Sportsnets, but if there's going to be a significant amount of SEC content on there I'll have to go back to cable unless DirecTV steps up...
     
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