MLB Extra Innings exclusively to DIRECTV/NHL CI future

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  1. RangerBoy

    RangerBoy TRUST THE PROCESS

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    MLB has reportedly reached a deal with DIRECTV to make the MLB Extra Innings package exclusive to DIRECTV starting in 2009.The deal hasn't been announced yet but there has been a significant backlash from digital cable and Dish Network customers

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/20/sports/baseball/20base.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

    An extra $30 million.$1 million per.A utility IF costs $1 million

    Here comes the NHL tie

    http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6404687.html

    I read an article in the Sports Business Journal in late December that DIRECTV approached the NHL about doing an exclusive deal with DIRECTV for NHL CI but the NHL said no

    It looks the NHL CI will not be taking the MLB route of taking their package to DIRECTV

    Comcast and Cablevision are two of the biggest cable operators in the United States and both are NHL partners.I wonder if indemand doesn't attempt to make NHL CI exclusive to indemand/digital cable customers.The cable companies are refusing to add the NFL network because of the NFL's agreement with DIRECTV
     
  2. Shoalzie

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    Very good news! :yo:
     
  3. X0ssbar

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    Yes...extremely good news.....I hate to say it but if CI went exclusive I would have to go exclusive as well...can't live without my CI.
     
  4. SaintRon

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    Here, here, great news. Not everybody can get Directv. Some ppl, like myself would have to go out in the middle of the night and cut down my neighbors trees which are in the way of the signal.

    If Directv does get CI exclusively, I guess I'll have to move.:eek:
     
  5. Hunter Gathers

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    I've seen people in extremely wooded areas get DirecTV. Do you live in like the middle of the forest?

    Oh, and if the NHL went exclusive to EITHER cable or DirecTV, it would just be them alienating more of their fans.
     
  6. SaintRon

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    Yup, the middle of a forrest. Part of the forrest is on my property and part (the part that faces SW) is on my neighbors property.

    I spose I could get it to work by putting the dish on a 120 foot pole.:eek:

    Directv showed up to install it for me. The guy got out of the truck, knocked on the door and said, "You're refund check should arrive soon. Unless the neighbors trees are cut down(the forrest), you're screwed."

    It worked for a month or so after I bought the house and then spring came.

    Hopefully, when my area gets Verizons' Directv access all problems will be solved.

    That or another Isabel would do the trick. :D Personally, I'll pass on another Isabel.
     
  7. Hunter Gathers

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    Hahahahaha, that's pretty good. I like that. I wonder what they were thinking when they drove up. Probably thought you were Paul Bunyan or something!
     
  8. RangerBoy

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    The number of homes in the United States who have digital cable and access to NHL CI/NBA League Pass/MLB Extra Innings greatly outnumbers the DIRECTV subscribers

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_y...LYF?slug=dw-directv012307&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

    The other 17 million have the analog systems
     
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    I had that deal where if you move, they come and install it for free. I asked the guy if there was ANYTHING (whatever the price) he could do to get it installed and he said,

    "Yes, pick your house up and move it about 300 yards to the West".:biglaugh:

    Getting the signal (with trees or other obsturctions) in the way is such a pain in the tookas.

    The things I'll do to watch my hometown team play Football (from afar).
     
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    Well I am les than thrilled with the decision. I want MLB EI and with no Direct TV here in Canada I will not be getting it. I was told by Bell Express Vu I "get enough baseball". Yes some woman on a phone from some call center somewhere tells me I am getting enough baseball. Center Ice could not possibly go exclusive to Direct TV and block off those in Canada from getting it.
     
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    Don't know why MLB EI would go exclusive for an extra 5 mill. That blows!
     
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    Extra $5M???

    DirecTV bid $100M/yr ($700M over 7 years).

    InDemand bid only $70M to keep the rights - a difference of $30M/yr and over $200M over the life of the deal.
     
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    Ed Snider has his hands in Comcast. No worries.
     
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    The NHL also clamped down on the video game liscense monopoly as well. Copying the other 3 sports hasn't worked, so I think the NHL needs to distance itself from the pack.
     
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    2009? I thought it was starting this season, 2007.
     
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    Believe it or not, alot of people who live in big cities cannot get DIRECTV. I live in a residential area of Brooklyn, so I have it. But alot of people who live in high-rises in Manhattan and even my dad who lives in a 3-floor apartment in Westchester cannot get the dish. Also considering that alot of people in Philadelphia would not be able to get DTV since they don't have Comcast Sportsnet (I believe this is correct), they would be shutting themselves out of alot of markets. So I don't see this happening.
     
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    Both Comcast and Cablevision (two of the largest Cable Companies) own NHL teams. Because of that I doubt the NHL (or NBA package for that matter) will go satellite exclusively.
     

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