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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

BTN: WTF?!

Okay, with so many rumors floating around out there, does anybody know for sure what the hell's going on for those folks who can get the Big Ten Network this weekend?

We all know a large portion of Michigan - and Big Ten folks all over the Midwest - will be unable to get the channel this weekend due to Jim Delaney screwing over his own conference's fans as a negotiating tactic (as much as I'm no fan of big cable companies, in my opinion, the fault here rests squarely with Delaney's insistence that the BTN is a national sports network and not a regional niche channel that belongs on a sports package tier. Period.)

But what's going on for those who can get the channel but live outside of the Midwest, say on the east or west coasts? By that I mean, if a Michigan fan lives in San Francisco and gets the BTN on his cable/satellite dish but there are two Big 10 games on at the same time, will he be able to see them both? I've heard rumors of "spillover" channels to take care of this problem, but is that really going to happen in, say, the Boston market? Is a cable company so far away from Big 10 country really going to give up "X" extra channels to carry a game(s) that, in all honesty, might not be of much interest to a majority of their subscribers?

Anybody know? I've been getting a few emails but, honestly, with so much misinformation out there, I'm not sure what the hell is going on.

You know, I never had this fucking problem when the games were on ESPN's Gamplan. Thanks, Jimbo.

11 comments:

Crabapple Buck said...

AFAIK, DirecTV is the only national carrier. BTN will be on channel 220. If there are simultaneous games, they will be on additional channels like ESPN alternate does. I don't know if the big cable companies will pick it up nationally, but may do it regionally. Lucky for me, I have had DirecTV for many years, and will not miss the big tOSU-YSU or UM-ASU tilts on Saturday... unless I decide to play 36 that day.

Out of Conference said...

Do you have to have the Sports Pack on DirecTV to get the BTN?

goblue said...

thats what i wanted to know! i live in atlanta and have directv, so i better get the um/asu game.

DanteJones said...

Props for the completely unintentional Boston Market reference. Now I want some mashed potatoes...

ChicagoWolverine said...

As far as I know it's part of the Basic DirecTV package -- you shouldn't need to buy a package. Anyone know if they plan on any HD broadcasts?

J said...

Yes, BTN is on DirecTV with any Choice (basic) package.
I don't think DirecTV will have HD for the first few weeks. I believe the HD feeds will be on the new Satellite, which isn't online just yet. From what I have read, that may be in the first two weeks in September.

TitleIX said...

and just for the record, the "premium sports package" on Comcast is $4.95/month. I know, because I've already got it.

I say start calling the Big Ten offices and tell Delaney to quit holding us hostage....

Matt said...

I am a Comcast subscriber and, like many of you, have eagerly been awaiting the 2007 season. But thanks to Jim Delaney and Comcast, I'm going to have to wait an extra week before I see my boys in Blue play again. (I have to be home that day.) Instead I have to watch other fans enjoy their teams. Way to support the Big Ten fans.

Billy said...

Seriously, titleix. Delany and the BTN need to stop being so stubborn and just put the games on television. If Putting the games on a sports tier gets the games on TV, then that's what I'm for.

IamCris said...

Michigan vs App. St.channel 220 direct tv San Diego, Ca. 9 a.m. pst....hey sorry it took a bit to get the info up...because the channel has not launched yet it's hard to search and find games that are being broadcast. So to be continued....

IamCris said...

furthermore, there should be a SPORTSBAR somewhere not too far away from where you live that might have Direct tv, get on the phone now and ask if they plan on showing our beloved Wolverines game. Just making suggestions so that you don't have to listen on the radio or watch the yahoo or espn gametracker.