TTC Coming to DIRECTV in May

Jonas

Semi-Pro
does the original poster of this thread have any new info...
Are you still sure that DIrec TV is going to have TTC before the French Open.
 

Fedexeon

Hall of Fame
does the original poster of this thread have any new info...
Are you still sure that DIrec TV is going to have TTC before the French Open.
Canadian Direct TV subscribers already have TTC available. I think its only matter of time before the americans have it.
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
Canadian Direct TV subscribers already have TTC available. I think its only matter of time before the americans have it.
What DirecTV channel is it on in Canada?

BTW, it almost makes no sense to offer it in Canada first as how many tennis players/fans are there in Canada versus the U.S.? :confused: If DirecTV is just testing the market, then I think it's designed to fail, as they'll put on TTC in Canada and then find that very few Canadians are watching the channel and then decide that TTC is not that popular and people don't want to watch tennis on TV. From these test results they may decide that it's not worth rolling out TTC in the U.S. nor anywhere else.
 

Craig Sheppard

Hall of Fame
DirecTV is coming up lately...

they're supposed to have 150+ HD channels sometime soon too....I've got 2 HDTV's so I'm looking at them very closely now.
I assume you're referring to the commercials that tout they will have the CAPACITY for 150 HD channels. There aren't 150 HD channels in existence yet... unless they plan on forgoing US channels for international ones, and even then I'm not sure there are close to that many. All they advertise in their commercials is they have more HD capacity than cable.
 
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FuriousYellow

Professional
does the original poster of this thread have any new info...
Are you still sure that DIrec TV is going to have TTC before the French Open.
Yes, DTV will be airing TTC's coverage of RG for the duration of the tournament (5/27 through 6/10). It will be a free preview to DTV customers but will be a special event and not the start of TTC as a regular service. TTC will not start as a regular viewer channel until August from what I'm told.

Before anyone asks, "Why did they move it back to August?", that may have been the plan all along and the information I got only pertained to the free preview of RG.

No information on what channel it will be on, but that's not surprising since it's a special event and months away and those channels aren't always visible in your program guide until just before the event goes to air.

As far as the guy in Canada claiming he's watching it on DTV, I'll have to check to see if it's even being uplinked yet. If it is, then he's watching it illegally. Either that or he's got DTV confused with Dish Network.
 
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BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
Thanks for the update, FY! :D

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that what you're saying is true. :D

Too bad it won't come back full time until August, though. :-(
 

LN_Dad

Semi-Pro
I assume you're referring to the commercials that tout they will have the CAPACITY for 150 HD channels. There aren't 150 HD channels in existence yet... unless they plan on forgoing US channels for international ones, and even then I'm not sure there are close to that many. All they advertise in their commercials is they have more HD capacity than cable.
They will have many more HD channels in june but the catch is you will have to lease a new HD receiver and dish from them to get these. The DTV technician showed me this new dish that's huge with 5 lnbs on it that will get all those HD channels if you're willing to pay.
 

norcal

Hall of Fame
Yes, DTV will be airing TTC's coverage of RG for the duration of the tournament (5/27 through 6/10). It will be a free preview to DTV customers but will be a special event and not the start of TTC as a regular service. TTC will not start as a regular viewer channel until August from what I'm told.

Before anyone asks, "Why did they move it back to August?", that may have been the plan all along and the information I got only pertained to the free preview of RG.

No information on what channel it will be on, but that's not surprising since it's a special event and months away and those channels aren't always visible in your program guide until just before the event goes to air.

As far as the guy in Canada claiming he's watching it on DTV, I'll have to check to see if it's even being uplinked yet. If it is, then he's watching it illegally. Either that or he's got DTV confused with Dish Network.
I have a feeling I will be coming down with tennis flu during the FO!
 

pound cat

G.O.A.T.
What DirecTV channel is it on in Canada?

Here's how Canadians watch TTC from a person who watches it on her dish.

"the number on the Tennis channel is 12282V & I dont know what it means. Apparently there are 2 receivers under one dish ."

And that's all she knows and all I know. She just watches it and I just wish I could watch...
 

LN_Dad

Semi-Pro
What DirecTV channel is it on in Canada?

Here's how Canadians watch TTC from a person who watches it on her dish.

"the number on the Tennis channel is 12282V & I dont know what it means. Apparently there are 2 receivers under one dish ."

And that's all she knows and all I know. She just watches it and I just wish I could watch...
That doesn't sound like a Directv channel. Did you see what kind of receiver she has? I'd bet it's some sort of FTA setup and not a Directv feed.
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
What DirecTV channel is it on in Canada?

Here's how Canadians watch TTC from a person who watches it on her dish.

"the number on the Tennis channel is 12282V & I dont know what it means. Apparently there are 2 receivers under one dish ."

And that's all she knows and all I know. She just watches it and I just wish I could watch...
My DirecTV channles only have 3 digits. "12282V" doesn't sound like a DirecTV channel number.
 

FuriousYellow

Professional
I assume you're referring to the commercials that tout they will have the CAPACITY for 150 HD channels. There aren't 150 HD channels in existence yet... unless they plan on forgoing US channels for international ones, and even then I'm not sure there are close to that many. All they advertise in their commercials is they have more HD capacity than cable.
No, they won't be international HD channels and it won't be like VOOM where they just aggregate types of existing HD content onto channels. These will be the HD versions of existing channels you already know. DTV has deals with them to start providing HD versions of their content.

Here is a listing of some of the channels that will be offerred:

HDTV Magazine

As far as the Canadian claim of watching TTC on DTV, it's not true. They aren't even uplinking this channel to the satellite yet, so it couldn't be coming from them.
 
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nomalt

New User
There was a TTC booth at IW. I inquired about it while I was there, and they replied that there was first going to be a free preview. If that is successful, you can count it being on DirecTV full time. (Not really sure if they would have a preview and then NOT carry it, but you never know.)

So everyone who has Direct....turn your tv to the preview even if you leave the house!
 

FuriousYellow

Professional
More confirmation.

In other DirecTV new-media news, Shanks said the company will serve up multiple-court coverage of the French Open to support the Tennis Channel's presentation of the Grand Slam tournament this spring. Similar to the coverage it provided for last summer's U.S. Open, DirecTV will offer multiple live channels from the tournament, which begins in May, as well as a special "French Open Mix" channel that will feature all live feeds, according to Shanks.
In addition, DirecTV will preview the Tennis Channel during the two weeks of the French Open before launching the service full-time later this fall.
"Tennis fans are passionate, and that's the kind of demographic that you have to go after," Shanks said. "You're catering to the people who are passionate about that product who may switch to DirecTV because they feel you're doing something nice for them or they'll stay with us."
Full Article

LINK
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
That's AWESOME!!!!! :D

I can't wait!! The multiple court coverage and the multi-screen (6 courts on one screen) "Mix" during the US Open on DirecTV was incredible last year. I could pick and choose the most interesting match to watch and go to that channel for the full-screen coverage. I'm very happy that they're doing it for the French Open also. :D

It was a very long and painful wait but it looks like DirecTV is finally coming through with TTC! :D

Thanks for the terrific news!! :grin:
 
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splink779

Guest
So lets say I was going to get DirecTV, would TTC be included in a particular package, or be a separate add on? I'm having trouble contacting the morons - they claim they know nothing.
 

FuriousYellow

Professional
Don't be too hard on the customer service reps. They can only pass along information that's been passed along to them and this information obviously hasn't been made available to them yet. The article I linked was posted only a week ago and it's the first public confirmation from anyone at DTV of their intent to carry TTC I've seen. I can say that Shanks is one of the top bananas at DTV, so if he says it's coming you can pretty much bank on it.

Since the channel is not scheduled to launch as a full time service until August, the package information may not even be decided yet but I will see what I can find out.
 
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Don't be too hard on the customer service reps. They can only pass along information that's been passed along to them and this information obviously hasn't been made available to them yet. The article I linked was posted only a week ago and it's the first public confirmation from anyone at DTV of their intent to carry TTC I've seen. I can say that Shanks is one of the top bananas at DTV, so if he says it's coming you can pretty much bank on it.

Since the channel is not scheduled to launch as a full time service until August, the package information may not even be decided yet but I will see what I can find out.

Hey Furious,
That's great news. Are you still expecting that they will run the free FO preview in a month?
 

FuriousYellow

Professional
Hey Furious,
That's great news. Are you still expecting that they will run the free FO preview in a month?
Yes, that's the plan. DTV is trying to promote TTC with this preview during the FO. As you may recall, the mix channel was free during the US Open last year as well.

I expect the mix channel will run longer than the first week of coverage like it did at the USO because, as you may also recall, TTC purchased exclusive broadcast rights to the FO beginning in 2007. NBC will still have it's coverage, but those of you expecting to watch matches on ESPN2 might be out of luck.
 

FuriousYellow

Professional
Very cool. Thanks for the link ShooterMarco.

I did see during one of the women's tournaments on ESPN2 last week that they would be covering the FO, so those without TTC will still get to see some of it.
 

Jonas

Semi-Pro
ESPN will be covering some of it, but as long as you have direct tv you'll get the free preview, along with the multiple court coverage.
 

jamauss

Hall of Fame
This pretty much settles it then. I'm going to switch to DirecTV. I get charged too much already as it is for inferior HD channels.

Planet Earth is awesome, though.
 

Jack & Coke

Professional
DirecTV to carry Tennis Channel

The Tennis Channel will be carried by satellite provider DirecTV beginning this summer under a multiyear distribution agreement that was to be announced Monday.

The deal will nearly double the number of households that get The Tennis Channel, which went on the air in 2003 and is currently in about 10 million U.S. homes.

"This is a watershed moment,'' network chairman and CEO Ken Solomon said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "If you're in the distribution business, this is what clearly and indelibly forever puts you on the map.''

There isn't a firm date yet for the launch, Solomon said, but it probably will happen in late August, putting The Tennis Channel on tiers that reach roughly 8 million DirecTV subscribers.

Then, in late November or early December, DirecTV will carry a second feed of The Tennis Channel in high definition.

"Kenny's done a great job at acquiring high-profile events,'' said Eric Shanks, DirecTV executive vice president of entertainment, "and he really is making The Tennis Channel 'THE tennis channel.'''

As part of the agreement, all 16 million DirecTV customers will have access to The Tennis Channel's coverage of the French Open, which starts May 27.

The DirecTV distribution is the latest in a series of recent moves to expand The Tennis Channel's reach and lift its profile.

That includes hosting an ATP tournament, adding the U.S. Tennis Association as an investor, buying TV rights to a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, and an agreement with ESPN to share U.S. cable TV and multimedia rights for the French Open and Australian Open through 2011.

"There has been a very clear building process over the lasts 12 months here,'' Solomon said. "We're not done yet. That's all I can tell you. It's been a careful and calculated yet rapid building process.''
source: http://www.tennis.com/news/news.aspx?id=74116
 

katarddx

Semi-Pro
I live in a Highrise building, they don't allow that :-(
i believe they HAVE to allow it since there is a law - something about of freedom of watching different cultures etc, etc... if the actuall dish is smaller than 1m. look it up on dishetwork.com they have it somewhere....
 
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