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  1. NKy.Yall

    NKy.Yall Legend

    Apr 8, 2004
    N. Kentucky

    Sounds all too familar, I did the same almost 2 years.Been nothing but :) `s ever since.
  2. Jim5506

    Jim5506 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 7, 2004
    And it should be about a nickle.
  3. scooper

    scooper Hall Of Fame

    Apr 22, 2002
    Kansas City KS
    If you all REALLY REALLY want BTN - I'd suggest switching to D*, or getting a one receiver system for BTN programming until the end of your E* contract.
  4. Aransay

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    Jun 19, 2006
    we rellyened btn
  5. Darkman

    Darkman Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Gold Club

    Apr 16, 2002
    OK .. if EVEN Aransay said so, then we really DO! :D
  6. KCCardsfan

    KCCardsfan Godfather

    Apr 18, 2007

    AT&T's agreement is for their U-Verse IPTV, it goes live thursday and will be available in all of their packages in all of the markets where U-Verse is available. U-Verse customers will not have to pay extra for the Big Ten Network unless you want Big Ten-HD, it will be included in the $10 HD package with all the other HD channels, the regular Big Ten channel (SD) is free. The same is true for the NFL network, no extra charge & NFL-HD is included in the HD package.
  7. iahawks550

    iahawks550 Mentor

    May 23, 2006
    Running out of time........
  8. terfmop

    terfmop Legend

    Sep 28, 2004
    I turned on CSTV tonight and saw that Texas A&M Commerce is playing Pittsburgh State. It's college football and I'll watch it, I'm sure there are other college sports fans out there like me that will do the same. But I bet any other college football fan around the nation would watch a Big Ten matchup, even if it is a '3rd tier' game, over a D2 matchup on CSTV anyday. I also expect a woman's softball game at the level of the B10 would garner higher ratings than a similar D2/D3 showing on CSTV.

    Although I enjoy CSTV, I expect the BTN would have a better product all around. Does anyone know the financials of CSTV on E*? Is the BTN asking for a deal that is a significant excess from CSTV?
  9. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Gold Club DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    I believe people would watch BTN if they had it. People watch the infomercial channels but probably wouldn't request one sight unseen.

    In my mind the "need" to add a channel comes from when people want to watch something that they can't find. Not the random surfer who says they might as well watch it since it is there, but the ones who actually miss the channel.

    Some of that "need" has been created by BTN removing content from other media ... perhaps your BT school was televised and those games are now BTN only. Some of that "need" has been created by "marketing" telling people they will be missing something (even if many or most people wouldn't miss BTN at all).

    The "marketing" is extra heavy right now ... a lot in the press including on TV about where BTN won't be available. Not so much for the areas where people will get it. Perhaps this station will be missed more by non-viewers than viewed by those who can.
  10. heisman

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    Feb 11, 2007
    James has finally gotten rid of me. I signed up for D* tonight. I called the referral number and they gave me more than the website offer. $10 off for 10 months, $10 off for 5 months, free HD access for one year, free superfan, the free portable dvd/tv, 2 HD DVR's for $199 a piece (that was a tough one), and of course the NFLST/Premiere package deal. The best part is that they are installing me on Saturday morning from 6am to 8am, so I didn't have to miss work, and just in time for the Buckeye game!!!
  11. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Gold Club DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    Congrats on your new service. Hopefully the D* installers are not overbooked and don't mess up the appointment (perhaps by oversleeping?).

    How many years is the commitment?
  12. heisman

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    Feb 11, 2007
    24 months is the commitment period. I don't mind them oversleeping as long as they have me up and running by 11am. ;)

  13. mhowie

    mhowie Legend

    Sep 30, 2006
    I would be very interested to learn how the installation goes and your opinion of the D* service offerings, receiver features and quality, etc., etc.

    I may be right behind you as my tolerance for Dish's posturing with every new meaningful channel offering, not to mention refusing to broadcast the Indy locals in HD, has reached a point where I am considering an alternative provider after 11+ years.
  14. cummingsje

    cummingsje AllStar

    Mar 23, 2007

    I would also be interested to see how it goes. I may follow suit.
  15. heisman

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    Feb 11, 2007

    I will follow up right after install to let you guys know what I think. But, only if the guy from Flint is rooting for Sparty and not.....;)
  16. cummingsje

    cummingsje AllStar

    Mar 23, 2007

    I could lie and tell you GO SPARTY!. . . but I've been a WOLVERINE fan all my life! I will root for MSU though unless they're playing UofM. Hope this does not deter your follow-up posts!!
  17. heisman

    heisman Icon

    Feb 11, 2007
    I had hope since so many Flint guys played for Izzo. I suppose since this century we have owned UM on the gridiron and the hardwood, I will let it slide. :p
  18. nmetro

    nmetro Godfather

    Jul 11, 2006
    This was just released by The Columbus Dispatch. I also included a little survey result, as well.

    As for us DISH subscribers, one can only hope for some last minute miracle.

    Go Bucks!


    Big Ten Network, Insight reach deal
    Wednesday, August 29, 2007 4:20 PM
    By Bob Baptist

    The Bucks stop here?
    Who's to blame in the battle between the Big Ten Network and cable companies?
    49% Big Ten Conference and its new network
    13% Cable companies
    38% I blame them both.
    Thanks for your vote. Be sure to read Bob Baptist's story on the Big Ten Network in Thursday's Dispatch.

    The Big Ten Network and Insight Communications reached agreement on a contract today, clearing the way for Insight cable subscribers in central Ohio to watch Ohio State's season-opening football game Saturday in the comfort of their homes.

    Ohio State will open the 2007 season against Youngstown State at noon in Ohio Stadium. The game is one of an anticipated three or four Buckeyes games, including Sept. 8 against Akron, that will be carried on the new network.

    Insight will carry the Big Ten Network as part of its "classic" service package when the network launches programming at 8 p.m. Thursday. In central Ohio, the network will be available on Channel 24 to subscribers without set-top converters and on Channel 26 to those with converters, Insight spokesman Bob Lau said.

    Prior to the agreement, central Ohio fans' only option for watching the game Saturday was via satellite provider DirecTV.

    "We are pleased that we have reached a reasonable agreement with the Big Ten Network," Michael Willner, Insight chief executive officer, said in a statement. "We know that our customers who are college sports fans will be very excited to watch their favorite teams."

    Insight is the second-largest of three cable providers in central Ohio. The other two, Time Warner and WOW, have not agreed to terms with the Big Ten Network.

    In its first year, the network plans to televise 39 Big Ten football games, 140 men's basketball games, 55 women's basketball games and 170 other sports events. At least seven and possibly a dozen or more Ohio State men's basketball games will be shown exclusively on the network.
  19. DCSholtis

    DCSholtis Up The Irons!

    Aug 7, 2002

  20. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Gold Club DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    It sounds like it is NOT on the most basic level of service in Kentucky.
    Perhaps a crack in the door of the negotiations to allow for non-basic carriage?
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