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AMcoffee
12-07-2010, 01:32 PM
Consumerist reposts a report in a trade publication that DirecTV is considering dropping several feeds on its service "Channel Dumping" in a cost-cutting move. Their report (see link to trade publication in the OP): "Among those vulnerable channels that may be on the chopping block are regional sports channels."

http://consumerist.com/2010/12/directv-hints-at-channel-dumping.html

From the linked trade article: "DirecTV executives mentioned that satellite TV competitor Dish Network has not carried key regional sports networks that it has deemed too expensive and seems to be doing fine."

Does this mean the various Fox regional services and perhaps some others as well now carried on DTV would be eliminated, thereby reducing the number of games the college hockey fan can see during the season ?

I would drop DirecTV in a heartbeat if not able to watch 3-4 college games on a typical Friday, starting with a NESN game in the east, then meandering to the Gophers feed, the occasional game involving the Sioux, ending with something from the West on Rocky Mountain with Denver or CC playing. The reason I subscribed to DirecTV in the first place, dropping my local cable service, was because DTV had wider carriage of channels that show D1 college hockey than any other video provider.

This may prompt schools or conferences to broker deals with "Conference" channels (BigTen Network perhaps) or provide some internet streaming service, to carry their games.

johnnypohlfan
12-07-2010, 02:02 PM
If DirecTV followed through with this, I will drop them faster than a Kardashian sister drops her panties around a professional athlete.

Nevergoodenough
12-07-2010, 02:36 PM
If DirecTV followed through with this, I will drop them faster than a Kardashian sister drops her panties around a professional athlete.

Add me to the same list. (NOT the professional athlete OR the Kardashian sisters...)

Gurtholfin
12-07-2010, 03:02 PM
I got rid of DirecTV last summer and I really miss the Regional channels and the various games that I could get. The problem with those is that they compete with my own team's games. I like the weekend series format, but would prefer a setup more like college hoops so I could see more games. Oh well.

Why did I drop it? We're getting a bigger house and I needed to trim unnecessary expenses in preparation for a bigger house payment. I kept the local cable due to internet, phone and the 6 TVs I have hooked up throughout the house.

The other bad part about dropping DirecTV is that very few of the NHL Center Ice games are in HD on my local carrier. It seems that most were on DTV.

Fu_ckin TV providers. :mad::mad::mad:

Jeff_Jackson_for_Pres.
12-07-2010, 07:15 PM
The problem with those is that they compete with my own team's games. I like the weekend series format, but would prefer a setup more like college hoops so I could see more games. Oh well.


I routinely DVR 4-5 games a weekend and then watch them after getting home from ND games. I have no life outside college hockey and if DTV dropped these channels, not only would I drop DTV, but I'd have to get a life too. Of course I'd have little more money to use in that life...

SteveP
12-08-2010, 06:45 AM
I routinely DVR 4-5 games a weekend and then watch them after getting home from ND games. I have no life outside college hockey and if DTV dropped these channels, not only would I drop DTV, but I'd have to get a life too. Of course I'd have little more money to use in that life...

I have a life -- it's called summer! ;) :D

aparch
12-08-2010, 11:13 AM
It's probably posturing by DirecTV to keep MSG, YES, Fox Regionals and other niche networks to keep their costs in check so they don't have a fight like Fox did with Dish.

As of right now, the only National carrier of MSG and YES channels is DirecTV.

bsubuffs33
12-08-2010, 03:57 PM
The thing is they charge extra for the college sports pack (not sure the actual name of sports package) so they would lose out on money also. I am betting they are threatening this to lessen the blow of increasing the cost of this package. i am with everyone else if this happens. Goodbye Direct Tv hello Dish Network or local cable.

thebrain
12-08-2010, 04:02 PM
One thing I've learned about Dish Network is the regional sports channels are not HD 100% of the time. If they run out of bandwith, they'll only have the SD feed. It happened a couple times over the summer with Fox Sports North and the Twins.

Wol4ine
12-10-2010, 03:30 PM
When was the last time you saw such posturing by the cable or dish companies for the Lifetime channel, or Home Shopping Network? If not for the sports channels there would be no TV at all. I'm convinced of that!!!

bigblue_dl
12-10-2010, 03:39 PM
I have Dish and I just signed up for the package to get all of the regional sports channels, so I'm not sure which "key regional sports networks" Dish doesn't carry. On a typical weekend I'll get 3-4 or more college hockey games to choose from.

aparch
12-10-2010, 06:11 PM
I have Dish and I just signed up for the package to get all of the regional sports channels, so I'm not sure which "key regional sports networks" Dish doesn't carry. On a typical weekend I'll get 3-4 or more college hockey games to choose from.
Here's the comparison I quickly whipped together.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=0AqLVgU9sRTcVdExzdlR2cWZzWUtrME9qbDVNSXJCa 2c&hl=en&output=html

bigblue_dl
12-10-2010, 06:35 PM
Here's the comparison I quickly whipped together.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=0AqLVgU9sRTcVdExzdlR2cWZzWUtrME9qbDVNSXJCa 2c&hl=en&output=html
There aren't many, if any, that dish is missing that would carry college hockey. Maybe FSN Wisconsin, but I don't think the badgers are on there much. The games that they carry on fox college sports are usually also on rocky mountain, north or detroit.