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MLB Extra Innings Wish List 2010

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Msguy, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. Jersey Girl

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    Bring back the Strike Zone channel! That was amazing.
     
  2. schlagle

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    That's great news about MASN and MASN2. I'm constantly switching from game to game, checking on my fantasy players, and I hate to watch games in SD... yes, I'm spoiled.

    Maybe D* could offer the same ability to get instant stat updates for your fantasy baseball players, like they do for football.

    All of the Yankee games I was forced to watch on MASN / MASN2 may have been in HD last year, and I was still remembering the frustration from 2008.
     
  3. ziggy29

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    Yeah, I miss SZC. The problem is that once D* started carring MLBN, the SZC was in competition with MLBN programming for essentially the same content. Except that the SZC was superior in every way, between having more actual live baseball and having no commercials... :)
     
  4. EricRobins

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    But we still have to listen to those crappy MASN announcers.
     
  5. n3ntj

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    Ditto.. but the Fox blackouts won't end until at least the end of the current Fox/MLB contract which I think is several seasons away, and that assumes that Fox agrees to this change.
     
  6. STL FAN

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    Just curious, what was the strike zone channel? What was the set up, what was on it?
     
  7. rcman2

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    SZC was EI's version of RedZone Channel. Constant highlights and cut-ins from feeds sometimes not available on EI.
     
  8. Boston_bill

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    You're better off watching MLB Network
     
  9. Jersey Girl

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    What on earth would make you say that? :confused: :confused: :confused:

    As ziggy correctly said, the Strike Zone Channel was superior in every way.
     
  10. Boston_bill

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    I think MLB Network did at least as good as the Strize Zone Channel. For a first year network they did an outstanding job on game nights.
     
  11. hookemfins

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    I agree on the fox blackout rules.

    If your local team's game isn't being broadcast but is by the opposing team, don't blackout that teams broadcast.
     
  12. golfnut-n-nh

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    Open up out of market off season classic games/programming to EI subscribers. What are the Red Soxs protecting by blacking out the 1964 Mets video yearbook? :nono2:
     
  13. DodgerKing

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    Their 1986 video yearbook... :lol:
     
  14. Jersey Girl

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    The Strike Zone channel was just like the Red Zone channel, going from game to game to game, catching all the big moments or replaying them right after they happen. Very little commentary, zero commercials. (When does Andrew go to the bathroom anyway???)

    MLB Network handles it totally differently. They break into games, but not nearly with the expediency or the effectiveness of the Strike Zone Channel. Too much talking heads, too many commercials. I want to see the games!

    When you got done watching the Strike Zone Channel for a night, you felt like you watched every game that was played that night. When you are done watching MLB Network for a night, you feel like you watched people talk about every game that was played that night.

    Big difference.
     
  15. ziggy29

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    The Saturday afternoon Fox blackouts are, by a wide margin, the most annoying aspect of MLBEI in my opinion.
     
  16. Albie

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    1.Would be nice but individual agreements would have to be agreed upon with all OTA stations and fees for picking up said broadcast. Still a worthy goal and something MLB should pursue.

    2.A pipe dream, it will never happen. Best case situation would be for MLB to prohibit Saturday start times from 1:00P-7:00P East Coast time. Allow Fox to select two games only for Saturday starts in the broadcasting window. A primary game seen by most of the country,a secondary game in case of inclement weather.

    3. Agreed. Braves popularity warrants Peachtree being provided in HD for Braves games.

    4. Agreed. I believe it will happen this season.:)

    5.Should be made easier by today's FCC ruling .:D

    6.Never happens. Best we could hope for would be for MLB to make the opponents feed available in the Home area, ONLY in case there is no local tv outlet for said game.
     
  18. ziggy29

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    I understand why sports leagues have blackout rules in local markets. I just think MLB's definition of "territory" is ridiculous.

    Viewers in Alaska can get Mariners games blacked out -- as if hopping a plane from Anchorage or Fairbanks to Seattle to watch a game is realistic, and as if blacking out Ketchikan or Juneau is hurting attendance at M's games.

    I live 4 hours away from both DFW and Houston, and the same story goes for blackouts of the Astros and Rangers games which aren't carried by the local RSN. If a game is ALSO carried by the local RSN, blacking out the distant RSN makes sense. But if the local RSN doesn't carry the game and the distant one does (i.e. the other team's announcers), then a blackout is stupid.

    People in Montana can get blacked out from the Mariners and the Rockies.

    The NFL's blackout rules make sense: if you're within a reasonable driving distance to the stadium and the home game doesn't sell out, the game is blacked out in the local DMAs. What's not reasonable is blacking someone out who is 400 miles away from the home ballpark.
     
  19. kenpac89

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    Agreed. Too much talking on the MLB Network, not enough action. I understand that they are trying to avoid walking all over their own blackout rules, but it wasn't nearly as good as the Strike Zone Channel. And a lot of times they just talked and talked and talked about the same point over and over again. Don't get me wrong, I love the MLB Network and I always flipped to it on an almost nightly basis...but I found their recap show the next morning was better than the live coverage they provided.
     
  20. dvrblogger

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    DIRECTV should add the strike zone channel to the MLB game mix so it is easy to see and switch to.
     

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