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Lakers New Regional TV Network - NOW ON THE AIR

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by kb24sd, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. Sea bass

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    Off topic, yes, Brown really has no idea what to do with the pieces he has. WOW! what a mess! :nono2:

    Back on topic, the way last nights game turned out, a few extra days without TWCSN won't hurt!:D
     
  2. fleckrj

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    That is because all of us on the East Coast were already in bed :D
     
  3. maartena

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    The Lakers LOST their first game.... so they really aren't that hot. :D

    Anyways.... it is starting to become clear that this channel will NOT be launched before tonight's game.

    There were quite a few posts about people switching and/or cancelling before the start of the regular season. Of course if you live in Cox country (south OC) you can't.... but now that Charter, U-Verse, FIOS, and Brighthouse have it.... has anyone called their favorite alternative TV provider yet for an install?
     
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    After last night and Coach Brown, I am less interested in the channel. Fire Brown, hire Phil. Do it Mitch!
     
  5. maartena

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    Last night's loss may make it easier for DirecTV to hold out longer.
     
  6. iceturkee

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    daytona...

    phil might be the lone person who could square howard away. however, i don't believe he's coming out of retirement any time soon.

    in other news, as i expected, my cable co (bright house central florida) will add thi channel and its spanih version dcember 11.
     
  7. maartena

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    By the way.... TWC is doing their utmost best with radio commercials to have people switch, saying they have "all your favorite local teams" unlike other competitors. And they also name PAC12 USC/UCLA with that, as well as the Lakers.

    They are milking this as long as they can, TWC can also wait 2+ weeks before advertising income is starting to be affected, and in that time many might switch to TWC.
     
  8. iceturkee

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    daytona...

    my problem is i was hoping to dump cable by the first of the year, especially considering my dtv rates will go back to normal pricing as my win back promo ends.

    however, given the sports channel bright house continues to add that dtv doesn't will make this a harder decision.
     
  9. TheRatPatrol

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    And you assured us that we would have both channels by now. :p

    Yeah this is exactly what they want you to do, drop satellite and sign up with them, or cable. I'm sure they gave cable a sweet deal while trying to milk D*.
     
  10. maartena

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    My mind was completely changed after seeing the PAC12 negotiations play out. DirecTV doesn't play nice anymore. That, combined with Viacom and how DirecTV played hardball there.... got me convinced they wouldn't just bend over here either.

    I was wrong.

    Yep, TWC is heavily marketing right now.... Lakers is a HUGE reason to switch, and although TWC needs DirecTV for the advertising, they will get as many customers out of this as they can pull, so they probably don't mind this lasting a week more.

    DirecTV will have a CLOSE eye on how many customers call to cancel in the next few days, and react to it. They may be very very close to a deal, but they were "very close" to a deal with PAC12 as well and they seem to be on bad terms with them now.
     
  11. dxtrfn80

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    The network may fold up like the Charlotte Bobcats C-Set network in 2005 when the games weren't broadcast widely and the Bobcats moved to FSN South the next year. We got a lot of sports disputes that have been going on for years like the Blazers and on Dish with the New York RSN's.
     
  12. maartena

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    I don't think you can compare the 30-Million (including Nevada, San Diego, Hawaii, Central California) market that the Lakers broadcast to, to the Market of the Charlotte Bobcats.

    With Charter, U-Verse, FIOS, and Brighthouse on board, it would also seem that TWC is wanting these networks as widely available as possible. Besides DirecTV, the 2 biggest holdouts are Cox and Dish Network. If it can reach a deal with Cox, Orange County, Las Vegas and parts of San Diego have multiple options.

    This network, by the way is NOT "The Lakers Network", it is "TWC SportsNet", and the Lakers is currently simply their biggest franchise. They expected to bid BIG for the Dodgers rights next year, and they also have L.A. Galaxy and Sparks rights, along with the rights to several local Universities (that aren't in PAC12).
     
  13. inkahauts

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    That's just not going to happen.
     
  14. kb24sd

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    Well it's the beginning of the end with Directv for me.

    Signed up for AT&T U-Verse and since I was a new customer that gets me a $300 visa gift card. I have no contract with them and can cancel at anytime.The $300 gift card will be used to pay the Directv ETF.Got my installation date set for 11-6.I'll be suspending my Directv account on the same day and once I get the gift card in 4 to 6 weeks the 2nd call will be to cancel Directv.I will make sure to cancel the debit card I have on file for automatic payment with Directv.When it comes time to pay Directv's ETF they will get the Visa gift card #.

    AT&T are backed up with orders because a bunch of people in my area are switching to U-Verse over this specific issue.

    I really REGRET signing up for Directv 4 months ago and they will NEVER again have me as a customer.
     
  15. maartena

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    I'm really surprised at that quick date.... usually AT&T U-verse installs with television are pushed back 3-5 weeks. Perhaps they were preparing for a push :)

    Anyways, goodluck with U-verse. I will never go with a provider that would take away from my internet bandwidth (each HD station tuned eats about 6 Mbit/s away from available profile bandwidth, which in turn affects internet if you have either the 18 or 24 Mbit/s plan) and only allows 3 HD streams (including recordings) for the entire house. Even with the 2 of us, it isn't uncommon that 2 things are being recorded..... and that means only ONE other TV can be tuned to HD. It's not for me. I would have gone with cable instead.

    Anyways, good luck :)

    I still think DirecTV will get the channel. Might even happen before 11/6.
     
  16. kb24sd

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    I was a U-Verse customer for over 3 years before switching to Directv last June.Honestly the picture quality is very close to Directv PQ.The only real edge Directv has over U-Verse is their DVR which Directv's HR34 lets you record 5 HD show at the same time.
     
  17. inkahauts

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    Just an FYI canceling a debit card from the bank may not stop a auto payment debit from your account. They often just charge the new account at the bank automatically so you don't bounce any payments and send you a reminder letter to update your utilities as a courtesy. I found that out in a bizarre situation. You may want I call and ask your bank about that.

    I'd think it might be easier to ask DirecTV how it easiest to do that. I think a quick email to Ellen's office asking along with a nice explanation as to why your leaving would be good. I'd send that the day you suspend. That would give it more value as to why your going to likely leave. Just say you suspended to test out a provider that carries the channel and will likely cancel in about a month if they haven't picked up the channel yet and your happy with AT&T and you want clarification on paying the eft if you decide to cancel.

    As for saying you'd never come back because they didn't immediately pick up a channel they never said they'd have on day one, thats a bit harsh IMHO, you have no idea what AT&T or any other provider may do in the future.
     
  18. maartena

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    I disagree BIG TIME regarding the picture quality, but everyone's eyes (and television sets) are different, so it is futile to discuss it.... let's just say my personal experience is that DirecTV provides a much clearer picture.

    I also subscribe to Internet from AT&T U-verse, and that works really well. But again, my main reason is that I wanted the 24 Mbps plan, and didn't want television watching to eat away bandwidth from Internet.... that and the picture quality made me decide to go with DirecTV.

    Now lets hope your wife isn't going to be upset about missing all the Hallmark Christmas movies. :D
     
  19. inkahauts

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    i don't know, AT&Ts picture quality on twc sports nets is a lot better than DirecTVs right now! :lol:
     
  20. maartena

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    Point taken! :D :D

    One thing I would never get used to anymore with cable or U-verse is the different channel numbers for SD and HD.... with U-Verse 0-999 is SD, and HD is 1000 and higher. 4-digit channel numbers for your local channel 4 NBC is not fun. :D

    And I just GOT BBC America in HD.... Wouldn't want to give it up by going to U-verse. But the Lakers trump a lot I would imagine with the true fans :)

    Another thing we west coasties will need to get used to when switching back to cable.... we'll lose our east coast time slots for most cable programming. It's actually really great for my DVR that cable programming prime time starts at 5:00 PM (8:00 EST) so it can record without having any conflicts with prime time shows starting at 8:00 PM in the west.....

    I just don't think I would ever go back. I'd sooner ADD service to get a missing channel I think.
     

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