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Listen up Oregonians!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Tivoenthused, Oct 31, 2007.

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  1. jefbal99

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    D* may already have a slot available for this channel in their current line up. FSN NW used to be the RSN for Portland, so they had an alternate feed for Blazer games, etc. I'm guessing that will no longer be needed as, the Blazers are now on CSN NW.

    I checked this morning and FSN NW Alternate was still listed at 650, but I would make a wager that when carriage is reached, thats where the channel will go
     
  2. FlyinV

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    Big ad in the paper today telling people to call their local cable or satellite provider.
    If I get a chance I will try to check in with D and see.
     
  3. Tivoenthused

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    Here's the whole article satellite racer was referring to. Doesnt look good for us.

    Comcast likely to be only carrier of Portland RSN at launch
    By JOHN OURAND
    Staff writer
    Published October 29, 2007 : Page 04

    When Comcast launches its newest regional sports network in Portland on Thursday there’s a good chance that it will be available only to Comcast subscribers.

    Just a week before the network’s planned launch, the RSN had failed to cut carriage deals with any other cable or satellite operator, and several of the biggest distributors in the area say they are not likely to carry it at launch.

    If no other deals are reached this week, the channel would launch on expanded basic to nearly 600,000 of Comcast’s 1.7 million subscribers in Washington and Oregon. Charter is the region’s next biggest cable operator. DirecTV and EchoStar also don’t have deals.

    Comcast is charging cable and satellite operators $2 per subscriber and expanded basic distribution within the Portland market. Its license fee dwindles to 2 cents per subscriber and digital carriage out-of-market, according to cable industry sources in the Pacific Northwest.

    But Comcast executives say they are not concerned with the distribution challenges, believing that they will work themselves out eventually.

    “The Golf Channel launched to 100,000 homes in 1995, and now it has more than 76 million,” said Dave Manougian, executive vice president of Comcast sports programming and heading up the Portland RSN, and part of Golf Channel’s launch team 13 years ago. “People tend to get overly microscopic about where you are at one point at a specific date and time. … We’re waiting because these things always go down to the last minute.”

    Manougian highlighted the RSN’s programming, which will mix local high school and college sports with NBA and NHL action.

    The RSN’s highest-profile programming will come from the 55 Trail Blazers games it will carry. Comcast is paying $12 million to $13 million a year for those rights.

    It also plans to telecast 60 NHL games, including 25 featuring the Canucks, up to 15 featuring the Sharks and the remaining 20 featuring teams from other markets. It also has the rights to the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winter Hawks.

    The network also has rights to up to 17 University of Oregon basketball games, and will feature a heavy slate of women’s sports, nonrevenue sports from local colleges, and high school games.

    “We can’t only be dedicated to putting top-rated sports on the schedule,” Manougian said. “We need to be committed to women’s sports, high school sports and other sports, too.”

    The RSN is following the model of other Comcast Sports Nets with original news programming. It is planning a morning news show called “SportsRise,” and it will simulcast a local sports radio show called “Isaac and Big Suke.”

    At its launch at 5 p.m. Thursday, the RSN will debut with the show “The Tip Off,” which will tell viewers what to expect on the network. The show is patterned after a similar show that launched Golf Channel, called “The Approach.”

    “Oregon sports are going to be better off because there’s a network devoted to them,” Manougian said. “If we’re able to make Oregon sports a better place, our brand and our business will take care of themselves.”
     
  4. wilbur_the_goose

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    At least there's the potential of a deal. We in Philly are prevented from getting CSN-Philly due to federal law!
     
  5. FlyinV

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    Reply from DirecTV:
    Could be canned but hopefully the people she says she forwarded my email to about SportsNet NW does something.

    I am thankful the CSR didn't start talking about FSNW again :) that is the usual reply so this looks better :)

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    Welcome to DIRECTV! We're glad to be of service to you. Thank you for writing and letting me know about the your concern about the new channel that Comcast had just launched. I'd be glad to assist you with your concern.

    We're always looking for ways to enhance our services, and customer feedback is very important to us. I have forwarded your comments on to DIRECTV Management.
    We often make changes to our service based on customer requests, and we conduct customer surveys on a regular basis to get feedback and new ideas.

    Thank you again for writing and we do appreciate your patience and understanding.

    Sincerely,

    Cherry P.
    Employee ID 100166661
    DIRECTV Customer Service
     
  6. pbg

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    from this AM's Oregonian.com:

    Comcast still negotiating:
    Quick and I continue to receive a lot of reader inquires regarding the negotiations between Comcast Corp. and other satellite and cable providers. Part of the reason I (we) have not responded to your questions, is, well, because there's been nothing new to report.

    This is what we know right now: Comcast continues to actively negotiate with local cable companies and other satellite providers, such as The Dish and DirecTv, and Comcast officials remain optimistic a deal will get done in the not-too-distant future.

    Comcast already has reached a deal with one cable provider -- Ashland TV -- and that provider will carry tonight's game at New Orleans. However, deals are not imminent with any other providers, and tonight's game will not be available on any other television platform.

    Those of you who subscribe to Comcast or Ashland TV will be able to watch tonight's game from the comforts of your own home. Those of you who subscribe to other providers will have to continue to wait out the negotiations.
     
  7. FlyinV

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    So it will be blacked out on the NBA league pass preview?
    Channel 757

    I was guessing it might be :(
     
  8. pbg

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    So it will be blacked out on the NBA league pass preview?
    Channel 757


    I contacted the VP of broadcasting for the Blazers yesterday. He said that he was going to contact the NBA to see if there was, as he said, any ‘wiggle room’ to lift the blackout due to their situation. He hasn’t gotten back to me, so we’ll see. I kinda doubt it.
     
  9. wilbur_the_goose

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    FlyinV - That's a canned response. You'll the exact same e-mail for any channel request.

    Try it - write and ask for some obscure channel.
     
  10. FlyinV

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    haha thanks wilbur :)

    You have burst my bubble.
     
  11. harsh

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    I'm pretty sure that the Comcast only bought the Trailblazer's rights. The college and high school sports are still with Fox at this point.
     
  12. desulliv

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    Sure enough. 757 shows "Program not available in your area." And I have fully paid NBA League Pass.
     
  13. old7

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    This is the response that I received:

     
  14. FlyinV

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    I am still upset the Blazers themselves seem to careless that possible fans off the Comcast system can't see the games.

    Perhaps they have not changed as much as we thought.
     
  15. Tivoenthused

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    This page on the blazers website is worth a read.... I was impressed by their commitment to respond to every piece of feedback in a timely manner. I am optimistic this can get done quickly... THE NEXT 4 BLAZERS GAMES ARE IN HD ON COMCAST..... SIGN THE PAPERS!!

    http://www.nba.com/blazers/news/Comcast_SportsNet_Coverage_FAQ-242013-1218.html
     
  16. FlyinV

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  17. Tivoenthused

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    I wouldn't get your hopes up. I think n3ntj was fooled by the acronyms.

    CSNW looks a lot like CSNNW... CSNW (Sacramento) is confirmed for HD launch this month.

    If CSNNW (Portland) had an imminent deal in place, we would know about it. The Blazers would shout it from the rooftops as I am sure they're not enjoying the firestorm of criticism they're taking from the fans on this.
     
  18. tuckerdog

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    I did the E=mail comment form on the Blazer Web Site. Asked why no carriage on Directv.
    I am sure the response is canned but they said they were in "active" negotions with D* to carry the channel. Maybe I should cut and past e D* canned response saying no plans to carry the channel. Then the two canned responses can fight it out
    Michael
     
  19. pbg

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  20. DCSholtis

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    FYI they're using the Comcast feed for the game tonight on League Pass.
     
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