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Setanta Sports & Fox Soccer Plus

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by topher2041, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. Jan 29, 2010 #21 of 237
    dhines

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    because that is still one month where they can pull in $15 per paying customer. additionally, if they give it away . . . do you think folks are going to be willing to pay for that same (similar) content on FSC+ when they go live on 3/1?
     
  2. Jan 29, 2010 #22 of 237
    badlydrawnboy

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    FSC is horrible tonight, the US Honduras game is letterboxed..
     
  3. Jan 30, 2010 #23 of 237
    bri637

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    It's a little bit better this morning for the Birm/Tott game. It just sucks that they keep promoting all these upcoming games in HD, but we're stuck watching it blurry low def.
     
  4. Jan 30, 2010 #24 of 237
    MadMac

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    Any "official" statement from Direct as yet? Surely we, as the paying subscribers to a premium channel that is going away, should be hearing something, even if it's just a "We are in discussions and would like to assure you that you will not be billed for Setanta beyond February 28"?

    UPDATE: If you search the DTV website for 'Setanta', one of the FAQs is:

    http://support.directv.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2701/related/1
     
  5. Jan 30, 2010 #25 of 237
    Civrock

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    Also: http://support.directv.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2698/related/1
     
  6. Jan 30, 2010 #26 of 237
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  7. Jan 30, 2010 #27 of 237
    Ed Campbell

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    Setanta is now running the signup crawl for Fox Soccer Plus. Still says 1st March.
     
  8. Jan 30, 2010 #28 of 237
    bones boy

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    I will miss Setanta. There is less cable channel "influence" on Setanta than there is on Fox. Setanta broadcasts more of the original feed of most games than Fox does. Setanta has a lot less Paid Programming than FSC. Plus - no Christian Miles on SET. That's worth the $15/month.
     
  9. Jan 30, 2010 #29 of 237
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  10. Jan 30, 2010 #30 of 237
    quaresma10

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    fsc plus will be a premium channel... call 1-877-810-kick the operator says fsc plus will be in hd and will be a new premium channel to complement fsc (hd) and that they are trying to worout a deal with carriers and to visit foxsoccerplus.com to request the channel from your tv carrier hopefully d....... has it part of the sports pack if not and its stand alone let's hope its a reasonable price at least
     
  11. Jan 31, 2010 #31 of 237
    Shades228

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    Because their programming agreement won't end until 2/28 and therefor they are obligated to still use it. It's quite possible that they make a temporary agreement for the remaining month just to get it into a lower package and a much cheaper rate but there's probably no real desire to do so.
     
  12. Jan 31, 2010 #32 of 237
    vansmack

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    I'm a little bummed they couldn't put the HD version of Arsenal - Man United on one of the unused NFL/UEFA HD bands. The SD picture is improved, but this one's huge and it would have been a nice gesture to your customers who are paying extra....
     
  13. Jan 31, 2010 #33 of 237
    jefbal99

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    Gotta have a carriage agreement to carry the HD version of the channel. Perhaps DirecTV suggested a a Game time onl/Part time HD channel for events, when bandwidth is available and FSI/FSC said "No, all or nothing..."

    Ya never know with private negotiations...
     
  14. Jan 31, 2010 #34 of 237
    Ed Campbell

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    I've never gotten a satisfactory answer from anyone handling stateside retransmission as to why we don't automagically get the SD telecast from the UK - which is 576i and 16x9. I've had it for parts of matches when someone in the UK screwed-up and sent it out by mistake plus some of those "thrilling" football soap operas are always offered that way.

    Cripes. At least I could watch the whole screen.
     
  15. Feb 1, 2010 #35 of 237
    jazzyjez

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    Not only that, it's doubly letterboxed - a 4:3 broadcast letterboxed to fit into 16:9 and then that's letterboxed to fit the 4:3 channel requirements. Viewed on a 16:9 display it takes up only about half the display width!
     
  16. Feb 1, 2010 #36 of 237
    crabtrp

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    I got my 58" plasma yesterday in readiness for FSC Plus HD. I am sure my buddies at Directv won't let me down.
     
  17. Feb 1, 2010 #37 of 237
    jazzyjez

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    Yes, it seems they really don't want to use the widescreen flag on any of their SD channels. Perhaps they're worried that viewers with old TVs and/or old connections (composite video) wouldn't have the correct aspect ratio. You could say the same for some other channels too - e.g. BBCA - that regularly show programming that originated in 576i widescreen. Hopefully this will be a moot point soon as these channels become HD!
     
  18. Feb 1, 2010 #38 of 237
    jefbal99

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    I'll take a wild stab that you will be waiting 28ish days and both FSC HD and FSC+HD will be added on March 1st
     
  19. Feb 1, 2010 #39 of 237
    vansmack

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    Oh, I know - I wasn't blaming DirecTV. I was just thinking that for such a big game, it would have been a nice morning treat to wake up and see that match in HD...especially given the outcome!
     
  20. Feb 3, 2010 #40 of 237
    tkrandall

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    What format (576i, 1080i....) are 16x9 Premier League and UEFA produced in in Europe, and then what are the US networks (namely ESPN and Fox RSNs) delivering to US customers in?
     

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