No more Gameplan or Fullcourt?

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  1. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

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    Nice find! That makes me a bit more optimistic that the thought (more of a wish really) I had over a year ago that they might use the additional bandwidth their new satellites provided to carry ESPN3 via satellite will come to pass!
     
  2. mws192

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    Those plans haven't been announced by ESPN or MLS. The plan was originally to have games on ESPN3 this season but it was pulled back at the last minute and reverted back to Direct Kick (PPV).
    http://worldsoccertalk.com/2015/02/09/delays-in-mlss-streaming-partnership-with-espn-leads-to-further-disappointment/
     
  3. JoeTheDragon

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    Some cable systems have College Zone channels in sports pack that is just game plan / full court.
     
  4. zimm7778

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    Game Plan and Full Court were for games not available in your local market. It was not ppv of ESPN.
     
  5. Mariah2014

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    I wasn't surprised this occurred the fact they were offering HD online for those feeds in ESPN3, but were not through the ppv packages was a telling sign. As far as ESPN3 games being mixed in I wouldn't be surprised if they are referring to the ESPN buzzer beater channel/ Goal Line and lifting of the college blackouts on some of the RSNs of those games that ESPN has rights too. Anyway it's just a thought.
     
  6. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    ESPN referred to it as PPV. The games were sold as an extra package.
    The description has now been removed from the ESPN web site and replaced with:

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    Catch Over 600 Live
    College Sporting Events


    Stay Tuned for Details
    There is still a reference to it on espn.go.com ...
    http://proxy.espn.go.com/ncf/gameplan/gp08indexTest?status=viewpage

    PRICING
    Early Bird Package: $115
    Weekly Package: $24
    That is PPV. The two prices is similar to how one can subscribe to the porn channels for a time block or monthly.
     
  7. cpalmer2k

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    Some cable providers have put out notices listing channels for College Extra already. Bright house for example is allocating 8 channels to it
     
  8. Mariah2014

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    The message has changed.


    Since ESPN no longer offers GamePlan and Full Court, where can I watch out-of-market college basketball and football games?
    ESPN has removed GamePlan and Full Court from its lineup, so we no longer carry them as separate packages. But don’t worry, you can still watch live out-of-market ESPN college football and basketball games with a subscription to DIRECTV® Sports Pack (Channels 788-798). You can also get your up-to-the-second college football and college basketball with ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater (included with Sports Pack).

    ESPN Goal Line provides live look-ins and analysis of college football games around the country. It’s available on Channel 615 from 12PM to 12AM ET on Saturdays during the college football season, from late August to the end of November.
    ESPN Buzzer Beater provides live look-ins and analysis of college basketball games around the country. It’s available on Channel 615 from 7PM to 11PM ET on Tuesdays and 12PM to 11PM ET on Saturdays during the college basketball season.
     
  9. JoeTheDragon

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    so it's like how some cable systems that moved game plan / full court to the sports pack.

    Will it go HD? have RSN remaps? No RSN black outs? ESPN 3 feeds?
     
  10. KyL416

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    Local blackouts will still exist since in many cases these are the games sold to local stations and RSNs.

    HD is iffy, the satellite feeds ESPN distributes to providers will remain SD only and use the same feeds that ESPN used for ESPN PPV. However, they will now make them available in HD to providers via fiber using the same fiber network they used to deliver ESPN 3D.
     
  11. Mariah2014

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    It's anyone's best guess at this point. I guess we will find out over the next month.
     
  12. James Long

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    Wait and see? Wow, what a concept! :D
     
  13. JoeTheDragon

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    Out of market RSN blackouts that have HD games vs the same game on gameplan SD. Back in 2010 D* tried to get gameplan HD. ESPN 3 has the games in HD or higher bit rate SD.

    Also the few ESPN 3 only games that some times in the past have been on local cable systems.
     
  14. jw_rally

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    If some sort of pay package is created for college games that were previously available via GamePlan / FullCourt, I wonder if the games will be available for viewing with a combination of Sportspack and the WatchESPN app?
     
  15. ejbvt

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    I think that's what this thread is saying. It would make sense. GP and FC were a waste of bandwidth because it was the same games on the RSNs, but not HD. My GUESS, and it seems to be backed-up here, is that we'll just get them on the sports pack, on their proper channels, in HD, without blackouts. We we must wait and see exactly happens, if the "ESPN3 on TV" promised forever ago actually happens, and what ESPN allows.

    ACC Network programming would be nice to have linearly (is that a word? Chrome thinks so). I get some of the ACC Network games on WSBK-Boston but they don't carry weekday BB and they favor Boston College so having the programming on a national part-time channel with blackouts for what, if any, games are available locally would be nice. They used to do that with the CBS BB games (I think it was 728 and 729 or something), so that'd be nice for ACC Network, until ACC Network as we know it now takes the SEC Network route becomes a full-time, unique channel.
     
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    Still no actual confirmation that it will have espn3 games though. It could just be the out of market syndicated games from small markets and the Raycom games. I wish they'd release a schedule
     
  18. KyL416

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    That was already revealed over a month ago, read the second page of this thread for details.
     

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