Lakers New Regional TV Network - NOW ON THE AIR

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

  1. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    I have extra, but that's not needed. And the release did say it depended on market though, so if you are outside of the Lakers market, you will need the sports package.
  2. Sea bass

    Sea bass Icon

    Jun 9, 2005
    Trust me, they were. I had LA locals when I moved back in 2001, ch 5 & ch 9 worked along with 2, 4, 7, 11.
  3. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006

    I expect it to. I'm cool with that.
  4. ChicagoBlue

    ChicagoBlue Godfather

    Apr 29, 2011
    Not really. Deportes was a throw-in. It is "free". Trust me. You get Deportes if you take TWC, but you can't take TWC without paying about $4.00. It becomes an accounting gimmick. Yes, I get where you are coming from in terms of the subscribers and how they bucket all of this, but at the end of the day TWC is going to get a big chunk of change for a service that delivers not that much.

    You're going to see some fractures in not only college but the pro sports world. It won't happen everywhere, but in some markets it will. Chicago, New York, L.A., maybe Dallas or similar type of market.

    When the Disney deal comes up for DTV (which I'm hearing is 2014), Longhorn will be crammed down their throat along with a massive increase in rates over what they are charging now. Have to be able to pay the NFL, MLB and the NCAA for all those rights fees deals they recently cut.

    Ultimately you'll end up with people on very low base tiers or cutting the cord or people having it all (or most) and paying through the nose. There won't be a middle any longer. The question becomes when does it all collapse on itself? If enough people go to a lower tier without the sports, it will violate the contracts the distributors have with the sports channels on the distribution eyeball guarantees. Or, if customers cut the cord entirely, the leagues \ teams lose out on the money due to lack of subscribers. It makes the next negotiation that much more of a nightmare, encourages piracy, all kinds of other nefarious activities.

    Unfortunate, but this is all very predictable. Mike White is dead on right in his remarks, but you can see from the reactions of diehard Lakers fans that they don't care. GIVE GIVE GIVE ME MY STUFF NOW. Understandable, but there are consquences to doing that, which we will see with the further fracturing of the system until it collapses entirely.
  5. kenkraly2004

    kenkraly2004 AllStar

    Mar 14, 2010
    Yeah finally some good news Directv to add the Lakers channel. Thank You Directv. It's too bad I can't watch the Lakers games in my area without getting NBA League Pass though.
  6. lipcrkr

    lipcrkr Legend

    Apr 27, 2012
    As someone who had TWC forever up until a few months ago.........i totally agree with you. DIRECTV rocks!!
  7. tulanejosh

    tulanejosh Godfather

    May 23, 2008
    I'm actually pretty impressed by the production quality of the channel. Feels a lot more polished than anything that Fox Sports is doing (which very often feels hokey and rushed).
  8. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    Moved back where? And sd? The sd feeds aren't on conus transponders these days. Maybe just when they first launched locals in LA if they did that before they had their first spotbeam sat up, which I think is what happened. That's not something I will bother research, to long ago to care.

    I was only referring to hd.

    I know for a fact that the hd feeds of KTLA and KCAL (KCOP as well for that matter) where never launched or have been on a conus beam. They where launched on a spotbeam... 2, 4, 7, and 11 are a whole other story though... Shoot, we had three feeds in HD of those guys for a while... 2 conus and one spot.

    See these threads...
  9. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    While I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't cut the price in half, I seriously doubt that there isn't a specific differentiation monetarily for the Spanish channel and English channels. I also seriously doubt Directv would have ever agreed to pay the same amount for all subs in the full LA market and the entire nation for those who subscribe to the sports pack.

    And yeah, Disney is going to be a big fight, maybe... You never know... I don't think longhorn will see the light of day as a regularly priced rsn on directv though. Will be interesting to see...
  10. WebTraveler

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    Apr 9, 2006
    Mike White's biggest problem is that he is doing the exact same thing on the Directv owned subsidiaries Root Sports. He's not backing off the high fees, he's not suggesting his channels go to a sports tier or an ala carte model, etc. He's not adding his competitors in these markets even though they charge less and have at least equal content (i.e. we still do not get CSN Northwest, but we get Root NW).

    Mike White simply favors the status quo. He wants the old traditional sports channels to continue on and new suitors to not be allowed on his system. It is true the new upstarts are pushing costs up. But if he wants to push back - and yes it needs to happen because its not sustainable - then it starts with him, plain and simple. He really cannot be expected to be taken seriously when he isn't leading with his own channels.
  11. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    Longhorn was not forced on to comcast even on fios is was basic in TX and sports pack out side of it.

    The Chicago teams all own CSN and they split there games over CSN and WGN / WCIU.
  12. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    When they are doing the same thing over and over again, that is not hard.

    I know the channel primarily exists for the Lakers but where is the coverage of anything not Lakers or Galaxy? Every other rsn covers local sports beyond what they carry.
  13. Sea bass

    Sea bass Icon

    Jun 9, 2005
    Oh well, sorry to waste your precious time...yes it was the sd days. They were conus then. LP existed then. KCAL was available, why was it not used was my point. Yeesh...
  14. DBSNewbie

    DBSNewbie Icon

    Nov 3, 2007
    The production quality and graphics, especially, are a bit more sophisticated than what FOX Sports had done over the years.

    However, the one thing I missed about what FOX had that TWCSN doesn't is the on-site broadcasts they do right there on Star Plaza and/or the balcony of the Lexus/San Manuel Club at Staples Center.

    Having the broadcast crew at the game really pumped up the crowd, which carried over to the fans in the arena. So far, the atmosphere at the games has been sub-par compared to the championship years. (But then again, that could have been a result of Mike Brown and his "boring" offense :)) I wasn't at the San Antonio game on Tuesday, so I can't comment on that, but all other games I had gone to this season (season ticket holder) had been pretty "quiet" for the most part, with the occasional bursts of energy for great plays or the "We Want Phil" chants.

    One other thing about TWCSN (Access SportsNet: Lakers & Lakeshow)... Is it me, or is Coach Dave Miller the most "homer" analyst we have ever had? He kind of reminds me of one of our local reporters, Vick the Brick Jacobs, in which he pretty much has nothing bad to say about our team and always seems to praise everyone and everything about our organiztion.
  15. iceturkee

    iceturkee DINFOS Trained Killer

    Apr 1, 2007

    personally, i think lou holtz is the most home analyst.
  16. lipcrkr

    lipcrkr Legend

    Apr 27, 2012
    Don't forget the unveiling of Kareem's statue will be at 4:30 pm on DIRECTV.
  17. HoTat2

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    Hey, sorry I'm late to the celebration; :hurah:

    Had to tend to personal matters that took me away from any access to computers over the last couple of days.

    Very happy to see an agreement was finnaly struck and TWC SN's addition.

    Getting both TWC SN and Deportes here with Premiere.


    Based on the initial testing I thought Deportes was going to be on 119w and part of the Mas packages.
  18. KyL416

    KyL416 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 10, 2005
    Tobyhanna, PA
    The HD feed of Deportes is on 103, the SD feed is on 119.
  19. DBSNewbie

    DBSNewbie Icon

    Nov 3, 2007

    Yes. In general Holtz is pretty homer. Along with Heinson (spelling?) with the Celtics. However, as far as the Lakers go, Miller seems a little too homerish for my taste. (He's worse than Mychal Thompson IMO)
  20. bong... james bong

    bong... james bong Mentor

    Sep 10, 2012

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