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Sports Channels/Networks not offered by DirecTV

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by joshadam84, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. Feb 9, 2013 #1 of 170

    joshadam84 Cool Member

    Jun 20, 2010
    I was bored and decided to see which sports channel haven't been added to DirecTV as of yet. Here's a list of what I could come up with after viewing other providers list of channels. Feel free to mention any others. I also made a note of the channel's website, what the channel is about (either from their own website or wiki),and also some of the providers that carry the channel. The list is in no particular order.

    Racetrack Television Network (www.rtn.tv)
    • Live Simulcast Feeds (Full Cards, Unedited, Uninterrupted)
    • Exact Same Simulcast Feeds As In Racetracks And Simulcast Outlets
    • Every Race From Every Simulcast Every Day
    • Every North American and Select International Track Simulcasts Available (Largest Simulcast Menu Anywhere- Commercial Or Residential)
    • Coverage Includes Thoroughbred, Harness, Quarter Horse, Greyhound Racing, Jai- Alai Games, Major Horse Sales, Special Industry Events, Racing Related Programming
    • Up To 80 Simultaneous Channels (Varies Due To Track Racing Schedules)
    • Can Be Installed In Homes, Offices, Training Centers, Stables Areas, Horse Farms, Sports Bars, and Restaurants (Pricing Varies For Commercial Locations)
    • A Must Have For Bettors, Breeders, Owners, Trainers, Jockeys, and Industry Employees
    • Available Only On DISH Network (DISH Subscription Policies Apply)(Ask For RTN When Ordering) (all from website)

    HRTV (http://www.hrtv.com/)
    • HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, is a television-based multimedia network dedicated to serving the news, information and entertainment needs of one of the world’s largest but most underserved audiences, horse fans. (from website)

    • Available on Dish, AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Cox

    Pac 12 Network (http://pac-12.com/)
    • The Pac-12 Networks is a full-time linear network available to cable, satellite and telephone companies, dedicated solely to the Pac-12. It will consist of a national network and six regional feeds that will provide 24/7 access to Pac-12 teams and universities. The networks will televise more than 800 live sporting events annually and will showcase 12 Conference Championship events each year (from website)

    • Available on Dish, TWC, Cox, Comcast, etc..

    World Fishing Network (http://www.worldfishingnetwork.com/tv.aspx)
    • World Fishing Network is a multi-platform brand that shares in every angler’s passion and adventure for fishing. As the leading entertainment destination and digital resource for anglers throughout North America, we distribute diverse, engaging content to fishing and outdoor lifestyle enthusiasts. (from website)

    • Available on AT&T, Comcast, Dish, Verizon

    One World Sports (www.oneworldsports.com)
    • ONE World Sports is the first English language multi-screen, multi-platform network in the United States with a focus on sports from the Asian region. ONE World Sports has exclusive live and same-day coverage of international sporting events including top Asian soccer such as the Champions League, Asian Cup, Japan's J-League and the Chinese Super League. (from website

    • Available on Dish

    Fight Now TV (http://www.fightnow.com/)
    • America’s first 24 hour television channel dedicated to giving viewers
    a front row seat, seven days a week to experience the very best in boxing,
    wrestling/grappling, mixed martial arts, and other combatant styles along
    with top-notch “fight theme” movies, documentaries, and wrap around news
    coverage making Fight Now! TV™ the Undisputed TV destination for fight fans! (from website)

    • Available on TWC, Cablevision

    CSN NW (http://www.csnnw.com/)
    • Comcast SportsNet Northwest (CSN Northwest) is a regional sports network that covers local sports teams throughout the Northwestern United States, particularly Oregon and operates as a member of the NBC Sports Group. The Portland Trail Blazers and Oregon Ducks are the main attractions, but the channel also covers other northwestern U.S. sports including college and high school teams. (wiki)

    • Available on Comcast

    CSN Philadelphia (http://www.csnphilly.com/)
    • CSN Philadelphia was the first Comcast SportsNet channel. It is the cable home of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, NHL's Philadelphia Flyers, MLB's Philadelphia Phillies, and MLS's Philadelphia Union. The network also covers local college sports games, including the Philadelphia Big Five, the Atlantic 10, and the Colonial Athletic Association. (wiki)

    • Available on Comcast, Verizon

    Cox Sports Television (http://coxsportstv.com)
    • Cox Sports Television, the exclusive regional sports network home of the NFL's New Orleans Saints and national college power LSU Tigers, is an innovative 24-hour local sports network that delivers exclusive programming, including both professional and collegiate sporting events and is available to over 2 million viewers in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Virginia and Missouri. CST televises over 300 events per year. Cox Sports Television is available to pay television distributors throughout its coverage area and is a part of Cox Communications Louisiana, LLC, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the State of Louisiana. CST is available on Galaxy 23, transponder 1. (from website)

    • Available on Dish, Cox, Comcast, Charter

    CSN Houston (http://www.csnhouston.com/page/i-want-csn-houston)
    • Comcast SportsNet Houston, a new regional sports network launching Oct. 1, 2012, will be the leading destination for Houston and the surrounding-area sports fans to get exclusive regional coverage of the Astros and Rockets, extensive pre and post-game coverage, team and player programming, major collegiate and high school programming as well as the latest news and analysis of the teams and events that matter most 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is a partnership between the Astros, Rockets, and NBC Sports Group. (from website)

    • Available on Comcast

    Longhorn Network (http://espn.go.com/longhornnetwork/)
    • Coverage of all 20 UT Sports including at least one exclusive football game, men's and women's basketball games (some that won't be provided elsewhere), women's volleyball, baseball, softball and other UT Olympic sports coverage. Additional coverage includes pregame and postgame shows for football and basketball games, coaches' shows,, UT news, coverage of lectures and visiting speakers along with commencement ceremonies and other daily programming. (website)

    • Available on AT&T, Verizon

    CSS (http://www.csssports.com/)
    • CSS is a 24-hour sports channel carrying a full slate of college sports programming and can only be found on cable. With over 40 live football games including the SEC, Sun Belt, Conference USA, and Gulf South Conferences, the channel offers a comprehensive sports lineup throughout the year. The channel also offers more than 140 men's and women's live college basketball games and over 60 live baseball games, as well as a comprehensive mix of sports news and in-depth sports analysis geared toward fans in the south. (from website)

    • Available on Comcast, Charter

    Fox College Sports (Atlantic, Central, Pacific) (http://msn.foxsports.com/fcs)
    • Fox College Sports: FCS is a set of 3 national college sports Networks, FCS Atlantic, FCS Central and FCS Pacific, providing 72-hours of college sports programming each day. FCS features over 600 NCAA live events each year including programming from premiere conferences such as the PAC-12, Big 12, ACC & SEC, including a variety of football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, lacrosse, ice hockey, wrestling and more. FCS is home to the Paradise Jam Men’s Basketball Tournament, exclusive Big 12, PAC-12 & Ivy League football, Western Kentucky & Oral Roberts Basketball, and the MCLA lacrosse championships. FCS also offers over 150 coach and magazine shows from across the country. (website)

    • Available on Comcast, TWC, Charter, Cox

    Neoprime (http://www.neosports.tv/america/index.aspx)
    • NEO Prime (formally called NEO Cricket) is a channel dedicated to sports entertainment. Launched as NEO Cricket on April 2, 2008 this channel was dedicated to cricket. It is a part of Nimbus Communications Limited and is headquartered in Mumbai, India and broadcasts to 30 countries. Nimbus has the exclusive broadcast rights for all International cricket played in Bangladesh and New Zealand. This channel also broadcast Asia Cup cricket. In 2008 NEO Cricket did broadcast a minimum of 6 International cricket series including 4 featuring India, adding up to nearly 200 days of live cricket. (wiki)

    • Available on Dish, Comcast (some areas), TWC (some areas)
  2. Feb 9, 2013 #2 of 170

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    A note on Fox Sports Atlantic, etc.

    The programming is available via RSNs that can be subscribed in the sports pack. Those channels are samplings for cable systems that don't have space for dozens of RSNs.

    Otherwise, a nice list.
  3. Feb 9, 2013 #3 of 170

    KyL416 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 10, 2005
    Tobyhanna, PA
    And whatever games are exclusive to Fox College Sports are available on 623, 626 or 608. Outside of the exclusive games it's just repeat content from FSN stations in those regions.

    Although, if you're going to include MidCo sports, you'd have to include the countless cablecast local sports stations where the few pro games they have are just there because they're also the designated RSN overflow channel on that cable system. i.e. Brighthouse Sports, MSG Varsity, Blue Ridge 13, FiOS 1, as well as the multiple Cox, Charter, Comcast and TWC Sports channels across the country where nearly every system has their own customized channel.
  4. Feb 9, 2013 #4 of 170

    joshadam84 Cool Member

    Jun 20, 2010
    Are those available throughout a region or just a state? Also, only one one provider or multiple? I was aware of MidCo because they carried the Summit League conference tournament last year so it made me look them up. The channel is available in about a four to five state region and it does offer other smaller cable providers access to the channel. A lot of times the provider makes the channel exclusive to it (like BHSN). If they are offered elsewhere, I can remove MidCo from the list because it would be a little overboard.

    **Just noticed even on their own website it states it is exclusive; however, in another part of the website it says, "Midco Sports Network is excited to partner with your cable provider to give you access to live event action in your area. Not all live games will be aired. " The channel is in the channel lineup on some of the mentioned providers it's partnered with too. Nice how they contradict themselves! I'll take that one out.
  5. Feb 9, 2013 #5 of 170

    donalddickerson2005 Legend

    Feb 13, 2012
    Next thing they will say is well you don't get the elementary school gamers like there local ones do. Fox sports has every one of these games and for that horse raising network we have TVG on 602 our sports are every station from 600 to 785-1 and then a few in the lowers numbers with ESPN and NHL NBA NFL MLB networks.
  6. Feb 9, 2013 #6 of 170

    joshadam84 Cool Member

    Jun 20, 2010
    Good point. I was looking at a list of games that would be on any of the three FCS channels and found it broadcasted on one of the other FSN Regional channels.

    I think the only thing different on it is the local school programming it provides: (from FCS Central) ORU Sports Report, UND Sports Extra, Mean Green Insider..
  7. Feb 9, 2013 #7 of 170

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Pretty sure those shows are available elsewhere.
  8. Feb 9, 2013 #8 of 170

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    Racetrack Television Network is stand alone.
  9. Feb 14, 2013 #9 of 170

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    The vast majority of those sports channels I would never watch, but would like CSN Philly as it would be my RSN. Any update on negotiations b/w D* and Comcrap? Why is it taking so long if the loophole was closed a few years ago? Why won't D* petition the FCC to get involved in the process for carriage of CSN Philly?
  10. Feb 14, 2013 #10 of 170

    JimAtTheRez Legend

    May 9, 2008
    CSS (although I doubt Comcast will ever let that happen) and CST get votes from me.
  11. Feb 14, 2013 #11 of 170

    sum_random_dork Icon

    Aug 21, 2008
    Now if as Multichannel has reported the $3 RSN charge may be expanding I would sure hope that DirecTV is planning to add the missing RSNs (the CSN's and Pac 12 Networks). If they plan to add this surcharge on for any area where more than one RSN is already featured and an agreement is already in place I think we'll see many people having an issue with the surcharge.

    If they can come to an agreement and carry Pac12 Net then I wouldn't be *that* upset with the added charge because I could see a benefit to it.
  12. Feb 14, 2013 #12 of 170

    6tv's Mentor

    Mar 1, 2008
    I myself am mystified that DirecTV still does not carry HRTV. I would include MavTV and Blackbelt TV, if they still exist, to this list.
  13. Feb 15, 2013 #13 of 170

    fleckrj Icon

    Sep 4, 2009
    Cary, NC
    But TVG does not carry any of the races from any of the tracks owned by Churchill Downs, Inc - Arlington Park (Chicago, IL), Calder Race Course (Miami Gardens, FL), Churchill Downs (Louisville, KY), Fair Grounds Race Course ( New Orleans, LA). Having TVG is like having a college basketball network that did not carry any ACC games or a college football network that did not carry any SEC games. Yes, they have horse rasing, but the best tracks are excluded.
  14. Feb 15, 2013 #14 of 170

    Sandra Legend

    Apr 16, 2012
    This is not always true.

    For example, tomorrow alone there are four games available on the FCS channels but not on any other RSN:

    3:00 PM Northern Arizona - North Dakota, FCS Centeral
    5:00 PM Western Illinois - South Dakota State, FCS Pacific
    7:15 PM Oakland - UMKC, FCS Pacific
    8:30 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi - Oral Roberts, FCS Central

  15. Feb 15, 2013 #15 of 170

    Sandra Legend

    Apr 16, 2012
    I'm a sports junkie...not into boxing or fishing, but I would definitely watch a LOT of these networks if they were on DirecTV.

  16. Feb 15, 2013 #16 of 170

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Channel 626... 3:00 PM Northern Arizona - North Dakota
    Channel 623... 5:00 PM Western Illinois - South Dakota State
  17. Feb 15, 2013 #17 of 170

    Sandra Legend

    Apr 16, 2012
    Exactly...those are FCS channels.

    Tony's point that was not true was that games on FCS are also available on other RSN's. Sometimes they are, sometimes they are not. For the four games I mentioned tomorrow, they are not.

  18. Feb 15, 2013 #18 of 170

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    I was lumping the alternate feeds of FCS as part of the RSNs since you get them with the sports package. You are being too literal. Who cares if it is an RSN specifically or a channel you get it with the same package you buy RSNs?

    Gotta take it in context. It was in the addition of the full time FCS channels. Which is not going to happen.
  19. Feb 15, 2013 #19 of 170

    Sandra Legend

    Apr 16, 2012
    My only point is that games on the FCS channels are not always available on RSN's, which is what you stated.

  20. Feb 15, 2013 #20 of 170

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Fine. Be literal. ;)

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