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 Posted: Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 01:38 pm
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Interesting as the NFL Network finally has a game worth watching ...

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is still urging NFL fans to pull the plug on cable, especially those who want to see next week's NFC showdown of 10-1 teams on NFL Network.

The Cowboys and Green Bay Packers both won Thanksgiving Day, a week before they play for the outright NFC lead.

The NFL Network has been in a dispute with large cable providers who don't carry the network on a basic tier. The network is available in about 35 million of the nation's more than 111 million homes with televisions.

"I am frustrated that we've got literally several million fans that won't get to see that game because Time Warner won't be carrying it," Jones said in the locker room after the Cowboys' 34-3 victory over the New York Jets. "I'm hot about that. I hope those fans will go to AT&T satellite or go over to a competing cable company."

Time Warner is the primary cable provider in the Dallas area.

Jones is the outspoken chairman of the league's NFL Network committee. His comments came just three days after Comcast, the nation's largest cable company, sent a cease-and-desist letter to the NFL Network demanding the channel's representatives stop encouraging fans to leave the cable provider.

"I know I have been given a cease and desist to quit saying that, but that is a fact," Jones said. "It's frustrating to think millions of Cowboys and Packers fans won't be able to see it."

Fans in each local market will be able to see the game. NFL rules require that games televised on cable must be made available to an over-the-air provider in the home market cities.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 04:36 pm
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DirecTV carries the NFL network.  I don't know what the limitations are for cable companies, but I happily have DirecTV.  I must admit to being bored during the Colts-Falcons game last night, and turned it off to pop in the "Valiant Brothers HOF on 24/7".



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 Posted: Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 06:11 pm
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Cable companies are butt hurt because they don't get Sunday Ticket, so this is their revenge. Plain and simple.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 08:20 pm
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If I had to choose between buying food and paying for my DirecTV, it's a no-brainer.

My fat ass needs to lose weight anyway. :D



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 Posted: Sun Nov 25th, 2007 09:45 pm
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I live in Philly area and Comcast moved the NFL Network to a special sports tier which costs $10 a month.

I can't believe that I am typing this (since I generally despise Comcast) but their logic on this issue is correct.  They have stated that the NFL is trying to hold them hostage with a huge subscriber charge.  If you want to see the NFL Network and all the other crappy sports channels then you can pay for it.  The NFL wants everyone to pay for it even the people who don't care about football.

I think the NFL is going to find out, that while people would love to see the game, there will not be a significant shift to direct TV or any reaction against the cable outlets.  If the NFL was smart ( and they usually are), they would have given the cable comps and Direct TV a small ownership in the network.  That would have given them the motivation needed to pass the subscriber costs onto everyone. Instead the NFL got greedy and overplayed it's hand.  Now they are left with a network that very few watch.  One of their top 3 games of the year will only draw 30 to 35% of the normal audience.

It is time for Goodall and the owners to go back to the drawing board in regards to the NFL Network.

 

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 Posted: Sun Nov 25th, 2007 10:51 pm
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I like watching football but I have no desire to dump my cable system over 1 channel. However if Time Warner offered it to me for $10.00 or less a month I would pay for it.



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 Posted: Mon Nov 26th, 2007 01:01 am
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Ultimark wrote: If the NFL was smart ( and they usually are), they would have given the cable comps and Direct TV a small ownership in the network.   


Not happening, both sides leave the table immediately if the other owns a piece. The Big Ten Network is having trouble with the big cable companies because DirecTV owns a piece.

Like I said, the whole issue with the cable companies has nothing to do with the price. If they cared about that, they would dump all sorts of channels no one cares about. It's all about Sunday Ticket and DirecTV's exclusivity.

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 Posted: Mon Nov 26th, 2007 04:18 am
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When I lived in the immediate Chicagoburbs I had Comcast with the NFL Network. Now I am furhter north and the cable provider behind the cheese curtain doesnt carry it.

Has the quality of programming on the NFL network improved at all since last year? All I recall is the NFL combo on loop, some talking head show, reruns of games, and what NFL films.  If their programming is on the same level they should be paying me. A lot of their stuff can be found on multiple other channels i,e HBO, ESPN, FSN, Comcast, or whatever local sports channel you can get.

Oh yeah fuck the Big 10 Network too. Those bitches are some real bitches, taking out radio,print and TV ads telling me that I should demand their channel so I can watch a total of 5 different original programs,  crappy basketball games like VMI at Ohio State,  and tons of coaches shows.

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 Posted: Mon Nov 26th, 2007 05:31 pm
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I'd much rather have the NFL Network and Big Ten Network instead of shit like SportsNet New York. They only carry it here because Slime Warner owns a stake in it. That's despite the fact that no one in Buffalo cares about the Mets and Jets. I think the Mets are about 5th on the list of favorite MLB teams. They also charge an arm and a leg for it (something like $3.00 per month, more than NFL or Big Ten combined), so they just kick the cash back to themselves.

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