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Why is NBA Channel on 601?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Erocwolverine, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. Jan 2, 2009 #1 of 20

    Erocwolverine AllStar

    Jan 19, 2007
    I realize it has been there for a long time, but with all the new "league channels" and their placement it makes me scratch my head why it is still there. Is DirecTV thinking of moving it to the other "league channels" area? ... 212 NFL ... 213 MLB ... 215 NHL ... 217 Tennis?

    Seems like a smart move to me if they would?

    Could even see them moving the Golf channel there as well (maybe have them recall it PGA Channel ... lol.
  2. Jan 2, 2009 #2 of 20

    cforrest Icon

    Jan 20, 2007
    I think NBA TV is not part of the basic package, you need Sports Pack or Premier to get it. That is most likely the reason it is in the 600s. Of course it is included with NBALP package as well.
  3. Jan 2, 2009 #3 of 20

    JDubbs413 Icon

    Sep 4, 2007
    All part of the package deal. I expect them to move it in the future.
  4. Jan 3, 2009 #4 of 20

    LCDSpazz AllStar

    Dec 31, 2008
    While they're at it, they should more CNN and Headline News over to the rest of the news/info channels, they're all alone in the low 200s.
  5. Jan 3, 2009 #5 of 20

    ChrisPC Godfather

    Jun 16, 2003

    From what I've always heard, that's part of their their contract with CNN. D* is obligated to keep their channels at the bottom.
  6. Jan 3, 2009 #6 of 20

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

    Jun 29, 2006
    Same with ESPN.
  7. Jan 3, 2009 #7 of 20

    jediphish Godfather

    Dec 3, 2005
    Outdated idea (low channel numbers). People don't channel surf like they did in the old days when it paid to be earlier in the lineup.
  8. Jan 3, 2009 #8 of 20

    TechMoe Cool Member

    Nov 30, 2008
    I was just having the same discussion with my brother about the NBA channel. From what I have read, it has something to do with the agreement that NBA has with DTV and the other operators. When it started out it was supposed to be a bonus of the League Pass and sort of an adjunct to it. But I have never understood why they did that because if you have League Pass you have the games anyway so why do you need a channel to watch highlights of the games that you can watch yourself. Isn't that what ESPN is for too by the way.

    I think NFL's move to put their channel in the basic tier was a smart move on their part. Look at how that channel has exploded and I don't even pay attention to NBA TV anymore, because although I do want it, I don't want to get either the sports package or League Pass just to get it and I don't think its really worth it or much of a channel anyway. Its so belongs in the basic tier with all the other ones, and I'm sure NBA will realize this soon enough and move it down if they want that channel to be meaningful. Lets hope they do it sooner than later.
  9. Jan 3, 2009 #9 of 20
    Jimmy 440

    Jimmy 440 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2007
    I personally think all the sports channels should be in the 600s,starting w/ESPN at 600.
    But they have it in their contract for a low #.I have heard this many times before when this topic has been brought up.
  10. reds1963

    reds1963 Godfather

    Aug 28, 2007
    because the hot water is on the left , jus sayin
  11. tftc22

    tftc22 Godfather

    Mar 29, 2007
    I agree that the idea is outdated. It actually used to make sense logically (not just being low channel numbers) for the CNN channels to be in the lower 200s. The CNN channels were placed together while having CNN/Sports Illustrated on 205 next to ESPN. Now (without CNN/SI), I think CNN would benefit by being grouped with the other news channels.
  12. Satelliteracer

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    Ding ding ding. We have a winner
  13. celticpride

    celticpride Icon

    Sep 6, 2006
    NBA TV also televises live nba games a couple times a week also,not just highlights for example the celtics knicks game is on nba tv nationally right now! other wise if you dont have nba tv you have to live in boston or new york to watch this game,because it also wont be on nba league pass.
  14. kryscio23

    kryscio23 Godfather

    Sep 4, 2007
    I don't know how much stock can be put into this page (see link below), but according to the Yahoo-DirecTV channel listings/lineup ... they have NBATV listed as channel 214 and The Golf Channel at 216 ... which would give a very solid lineup:

    212 NFL NET
    213 MLB Net
    214 NBATV
    215 NHL Net
    216 Golf Channel
    217 Tennis Net


    Of course, the official DirecTV site doesn't have it that way ...


    but maybe the realignment is on it's way? ...
  15. Jeremy W

    Jeremy W Hall Of Fame

    Jun 19, 2006
    That's very interesting. It's not uncommon for changes to be found on third party sites before DirecTV makes them...
  16. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    They must have saw my post in the other thread. :)

  17. Jeremy W

    Jeremy W Hall Of Fame

    Jun 19, 2006
    Yeah, except for Versus, which IMO shouldn't be moved. It's a general sports channel, the rest of them are all focused on a specific sport. It's fine where it's at.
  18. dvdmth

    dvdmth Icon

    Jul 24, 2008
    Denver, CO
    According to Zap2It, channel 214 is MLB Alternate.
  19. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Well there goes my theory of moving NBATV to 214 then.

    They did move Golf to 218 this morning though. So maybe NBATV to 216?
  20. terryfoster

    terryfoster Godfather

    Nov 14, 2006
    Sure, they don't necessarily channel surf, but they do page though the guide. I typically will start at the beginning of the guide (locals) or from ESPN and page down until I find something I want to see ignoring the idea that something better might be on a channel with a higher number. So I wouldn't completely discount channel placement as being important.

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