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Setanta Sports Free Preview 8/16-8/18

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Steve615, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. Steve615

    Steve615 Hall Of Fame

    Feb 5, 2006
    Middle TN area
    I noticed this in my "DirecTV Entertainment Guide" e-mail for August a few minutes ago.There will be a free preview of Setanta Sports on channel 615,beginning on 8/16 and ending on 8/18.I looked on DirecTVs site for this info,but didn't see it posted anywhere on there yet.I guess it was just part of the e-mail messages sent out from DirecTV.
  2. tyjudd

    tyjudd Cool Member

    Apr 30, 2007
    I remember that last year they gave a free preview during the opening weekend of the Barclay's Premier League. I like this channel. It is a shame that they don't include it in the sports pack with the other soccer channels.
  3. dcowboy7

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    u didnt mention the other free preview:

    Preview BabyFirstTV 8/7-8/10 Ch. 293.

  4. Steve615

    Steve615 Hall Of Fame

    Feb 5, 2006
    Middle TN area

    It looks like I didn't need to mention it,eh?

  5. Jimmy 440

    Jimmy 440 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2007
    T.O told him ! <lol>
  6. tftc22

    tftc22 Godfather

    Mar 29, 2007
    Thanks for the heads up. If anyone wants to know what all is carried by Setanta, there seems to be a "free preview" pretty much every night at 11pm Eastern. Unfortunately, it's just an hour long promo with no live sports.
  7. dhines

    dhines Godfather

    Aug 16, 2006
    they probably wouldn't need to give a free weekend to get customers aware of their product.
  8. Ed Campbell

    Ed Campbell Hall Of Fame

    Feb 17, 2006
    Been a subscriber since Day One. Just wish they'd send the SD at 16x9. They do it every now and then by accident. Just as FSC sends Dream Team in 16x9 SD the same.

    I can live with hearing the announcers saying, "Tune to channel 408 for this match in Hi-Def" for a while longer. But, it surely would be nice to have the whole visual real estate used for a match.
  9. liverpool

    liverpool Legend

    Jan 29, 2007
    If they would offer this with fox soccer channel as a soccer pack I would subscribe. But at $27 per month it is just too expensive for both. Some good games that might be on all times british summer time are.

    Saturday, 16 August 2008
    Arsenal v West Brom, 12:45
    Bolton v Stoke, 15:00
    Everton v Blackburn, 15:00
    Hull v Fulham, 15:00
    Middlesbrough v Tottenham, 15:00
    Sunderland v Liverpool, 17:30
    West Ham v Wigan, 15:00


    Sunday, 17 August 2008
    Aston Villa v Man City, 15:00
    Chelsea v Portsmouth, 13:30
    Man Utd v Newcastle, 16:00
  10. myselfalso

    myselfalso Godfather

    Jan 25, 2006
    I'm looking forward to seeing this. Sadly, I'll be in upstate New York for a wedding during this weekend. I'll have to TiVo something.

    On that note, does either Setana or FSC show Australian Rules Football? I used to record it off FSC, but it's been a while (years).
  11. cmasia

    cmasia Icon

    Sep 18, 2007
    Las Vegas
    We're at their mercy right now for their pricing and the horrible PQ.
    And I do cringe when I remember it's $180 per year.
    I pay it as I'm a football and rugby nut.

    But what gets my goat is Setanta's hubris in not giving its subs a break on their PPV matches.
    $25 per IRB World Cup match was a disgrace, and part of the blame goes to D*.
    E* offered a $199 package for the entire PPV offering - 25 of the 48 matches. D* did not.

    Why can't existing Setanta subs get a 50% discount on PPV?
    Do they really think a high "home" price protects their "bar" business?
  12. Araxen

    Araxen Icon

    Dec 18, 2005
    If this channel ever goes HD I'll subscribe to it again. Till then they won't see a dime from me.
  13. awalt

    awalt Legend

    Jul 30, 2007
    I jumped into this thread hoping to see some news about HD but of course I did not -- I too will subscribe as soon as they go HD, but not before!
  14. vansmack

    vansmack Godfather

    Aug 14, 2006
    Well this announcement will save me about $3.
  15. dhines

    dhines Godfather

    Aug 16, 2006
    btw, i sent them an email months ago about HD and they gave the standard response of "we can't afford it based on our subscriber base". i then responded with the 16x9 SD request and all i got was circkets.

    to me, if FSC and setanta cant get HD, the minimum they could do is give us a 16x9 SD feed (but i seriously doubt it will happen).
  16. dub2501

    dub2501 Cool Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    I've contacted them many times, even Shane O'Rorke himself to ask about SD 16x9 feed - however I've never gotten a response other than HD is not in their plans currently.

    Not looking for HD, just the 16x9 screen feed that you are carrying for every game, before you smash it into 4x3 and it looks like crap.

    $15 a month - you'd think 16x9 wouldn't be too much to ask, it has to be close now as to whether there are more widescreen tvs now than 4x3.
  17. vansmack

    vansmack Godfather

    Aug 14, 2006
    And I bet its even less for their target market. If you can pay an additional fee every month simply for one or two sports, I bet you have a bigger TV than most.

    Setanta is expanding this season to other providers, so I think their "market size" excuse will need to be replaced.
  18. dhines

    dhines Godfather

    Aug 16, 2006
  19. Araxen

    Araxen Icon

    Dec 18, 2005
    They are really dropping the ball on HD. I'd pay $20/month to get AFL, Rugby games in HD.

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