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NBC Sports Network

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by dakn2, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. Oct 9, 2013 #1 of 10

    dakn2 Cool Member

    Sep 20, 2002
    [SIZE=10.5pt]I've been with Dish 13 years now with few issues (knock on wood) . I've been happy with the America's Top 120 pkg and some premiums. I wanted to watch the Chicago Black Hawks and most of their games are on NBC Sports Network. It appears the only two packages that offer NBC Sports Network are the America’s Top 250 or the Everything package. It doesn’t appear to be an alacart choice, nor (strangely) not in the Sports Package… [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=medium]So for 9 months the cheapest I can see the games for is $225 (+$25/month Oct – June) – for that much I will probably finally try another provider![/SIZE]

    [SIZE=medium]Is there any way to do this more economically with Dish?[/SIZE]
  2. Oct 9, 2013 #2 of 10

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Are you outside the Chicago market? You could see practically every game via Center Ice on Dish or online with Gamecenter... both cheaper than $225 and way more games.
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  3. dakn2

    dakn2 Cool Member

    Sep 20, 2002
    No; I'm in the Chicago area.

    I didn't consider Center Ice on Dish or online with Gamecenter; I'll have to look into those possibilities but are there local blackouts?

    Just kills me that most of the other providers have NBC Sports Network as part of their basic packages; while Dish places it in their top tier packages....
  4. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    If you're in the Chicago viewing area, you won't get them with CI or GC, then.
  5. tampa8

    tampa8 Godfather/Supporter

    Mar 30, 2002
    Go for it and switch if you think DISH is overcharging.
    The bottom line to watch the sports you want if you have the Top120 (not +) is you will pay $18.75 a month over a year's time. Good luck finding anywhere that won't be more where it is included in the package other than a promo new customer price. I believe it would be $35 more a month with the Direct TV Ultimate package - $26.25 per month over a year's time.

    (If you have the Top120 $25 a month more)

    (If you have the Top120+ $15 a month more)

    We try and tell people how much sports costs. And before someone says it would be less if A La carte as a single channel add on, I bet it would be very close to the same price. It's not a popular channel and they would have to charge alot to the few who would get it. And it would be ONE channel.
  6. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

    Jan 23, 2008
    Glancing through the 'Hawks schedule I'd say you're incorrect. A great deal of their games are either on CSN-Chicago, WGN or NHL Network. Only 12 'Hawks games are on NBCSN. Barring those 12, stepping to 120+ would get you CSN-Chicago, and I suspect WGN as well, though I think you have that already since that's 'local' to you. You'd only miss the national games, then; moving to Top 200 gains you NHLN, or adding the MSP at $9 a month to get NHLN plus the other sports nets.

    Then you're only missing 5 games.
  7. inazsully

    inazsully Icon

    Oct 3, 2006
    It has always seemed odd that I have CBS Sports but not NBC Sports.
  8. Gloria_Chavez

    Gloria_Chavez Godfather

    Aug 11, 2008
    It would be less, eventually.

    With a-la-carte, ESPN would be between 25 to 30 dollars a month. Obviously, its revenue would decline, and ESPN would be forced to renegotiate its contracts with its sports partners. Eventually, ESPN would charge about 1.50 a month, indexed to inflation.

    What is it that Barry Diller has said about ESPN? That 90% of households are paying exorbitant monthly cable fees so that the 10% of Sports Fans can watch ESPN.

    I'll say it another way.

    Right now every NonSports Household is transfering 25 dollars a month to Sports Fans, so that they can watch ESPN at a reasonable price. The only reason ESPN is able to send the NFL and NCAA billions of dollars a year in TV rights is due to the NonSports Household.

    It is what it Is.
  9. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

    Jan 23, 2008
    Artifact of when NBCSN was Versus.
  10. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    Not true.... not even as an analogy. You are ignoring the cost of other channels AND you are ignoring the concept that we all are paying for channels we don't watch.

    Nobody in any way you slice it is "paying" $25 to ESPN in any fashion. That is beyond a strawman argument.

    Also, all the sport-watching people are paying for those non-sport channels too... so you're getting the channels you like because others are willing to contribute.

    A la carte would reveal just how few channels would be worth the asking price... and you might be surprised when the dust settles what channels survive.

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