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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by kb24sd, Jul 1, 2012.
GolTV is still available on DIRECTV
Technically, yes. But how many fewer people have access to it now that it has been removed from the sports package?
Regardless, the channel is a shadow of its former self, and its long term survival is questionable, at best.
Angels games are either on Fox Sports West or part of their local deal with channel 13 (KCOP). Not exactly sure what the blackout question is. Yes, they were some games that were picked up nationally, but typically they are flex schedule deal where those games are picked up in season and not scheduled prior except for the very first games of the year on FOX, ESPN, etc.
Interesting note on the Angels website about DISH and UVERSE as it relates to the Angels: "If you're an AT&T U-verse or Dish customer, unfortunately, you will not receive all Angels telecasts this season. FOX Sports West this year has increased its TV schedule and will show approximately 150 Angels games in 2012. The additional games have been made available to local TV providers. Most distributors have decided to carry all the games, but a few have not, including AT&T U-verse and Dish. If you are not receiving all Angels telecasts, we encourage you to contact your local TV provider to request that they carry the full schedule of games"
Doesn't use Sunday Ticket use the same feeds? And isn't it so that if a game is say.... on your local CBS affiliate, that the Sunday Ticket CBS feed (which might come from another city) is blacked out in your zipcode?
I don't have ST, but I understood something along those lines is the case, so that people who have access to their local will watch the game on said local so that they get presented with the local ads.
I could be wrong though, I never watch football.
NFL ST uses national feeds directly from CBS and FOX
Yes but it is a much more difficult choice. I am an Choice Ultimate and Sports Pack subscriber, and I would need to spend additional money to get GOL-TV. I completely understand that the worth of the channels has diminished to such an extend that it would save DirecTV a lot of "per subscriber" fees if it moved it to a package that many do not subscribe to, or isn't easy to get without paying money on TOP of Ultimate and Sports Pack.
If Los Angeles CBS Channel 2 shows a certain game, will it then show on both channel 2 *and* the national feed through ST on channel 70x? Or will 70x be blacked out so the local affiliate can insert Los Angeles area commercials?
ST feed is blacked out.
They both use the national feed but channel 2 puts its own local commercials on. Technically, DirecTV could do that now, but...
Which isn't really the problem. The problem is that the RATINGS go down if people are watching on ST. It isn't the specific commercials during that time period but the overall ratings of the local channel go down, affecting ALL commercial monies locally.
That deal would have to mean the same market pentration, as well. Getting your games on TV is as important as rights fees. Games on TV are advertising. Something the Dodgers did not undertand in the 60s and 70s. I think they get it now.
This makes no sense. You are in the LA market proper or are you in an outer/secondary market.
Why, if the game is going to be blacked out locally (and as far as I know, the only time ESPN has exclusive rights is Sunday night), would FSN even put the game on at all.
Exactly. There must have been a technical problem with Channel 692 that night, because under no plausible scenario should that game have been blacked out.
They probably DID NOT put the game on at all indeed. However, I received a completely black screen and a "this program is not available in your area" message. This could also mean that DirecTV just screwed something up of course. Or it could mean Fox Sports West put the game in the guide info by accident, and DirecTV's system reacted to it. Who knows....
All I know is this.
- I know there is an Angels game on.
- I tune to Fox Sports West.
- "This game not available, use game search?"
- Game search finds game on ESPN.
- Tune to ESPN, watch game.
HOW this actually happened, who knows.... could be DirecTV's fault, could be Fox Sports West fault, could be that there was no actual programming set during those hours (even though FSW is fulltime HD).... Hell, it could even be the MLB's fault, perhaps they supply DirecTV with a list of games that need to be blacked to what market areas, and that time slot was on there.....who knows. All I know is.... the above happened. Can't imagine it being that important now either, really.
You have your opinion and I have mine. Just like you have your opinion of the sports channels DirecTV does not carry or stopped carrying, and I have mine.
Let's leave it at that.
My precious statement stands. Your opinion is your own and is not supported by the facts.
Unfortunately when I called I was told it was no longer available in HD...and I still would have signed up, AND paid an additional $14 per month or so for the Spanish package, just for the one channel I would watch...in SD no less...GolTV.
But when they tried to add the channel it did not show up, and after speaking to technical support they decided I needed a dish upgrade of some sort to receive the channel. So I passed.
Satelliteracer, if you have an alternative way for me to receive GolTV, I would love to hear it!
Whatever. You never came back and said what sports channels DirecTV did not carry in the past, while I listed channels they do not carry right now.
The question is, why would FOX sports west even broadcast a game if its blacked out everywhere? I can not see a situation where a broadcast from them would be available to people outside our market, but blacked out in our market. Are flex games during the week exclusive? I thought only Sunday night was exclusive games.
How do the networks know what channel is being watched? Does D* (or other TV services providers) keep track of what channel each receiver is tuned to?
By the way, in regards to ST and the national feeds shown in the 700's as opposed to the local CBS/Fox feeds, I'm pretty sure that both feeds show the exact same commercials here in Los Angeles (at least from what I can remember).
I watch ST on multiple screens, including Game Mix, (which shows the corresponding ST channel on one of the boxes) and it appears to me that both feeds show the exact same thing. If they are sneaking in local commercials that are different on the local feeds, I've never noticed.
If they truly are the same feeds (here in Los Angeles), they should at least lift the ST blackouts in our particular DMA, which would allow all feeds (when watched on multiple screens) to be in sync with one another. The LiL, West DNS, and OTA feeds are all just a bit off in relation to the ST, Game Mix, and Redzone feeds (which are all in sync).
I apologize for going way off topic. But the ST blackouts have always bugged me.
I thinking more like, I live in San Diego, have Sunday ticket, but I want to watch the Minnesota Green Bay game, so my local channel gets nothing from me in terms of ratings and therefore ad revenue because I'm not watching my local team on its local channel.
I've been using the iOS app and do not have access to the list. Let me know when you can prove your false statements.