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I don't know if anyone noticed this, but after the NFL Draft occurred on NFL Network Hd last weekend, I spotted NFL Total Access in Hd for the first time. Not all shows are in Hd as Path To The Draft clearly utilized SD with the right HD wing on the side. But Total Access was definitely in HD and even though football season is much too far from starting up, it was great to see that particular show in crystal clear high definition unlike the previous years.
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I noticed Total Access was in HD after the NFL Draft last Sunday.
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I'm getting the Science HD channel on #212 in place of NFL Network via D*. Anybody else seeing this?
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I'm getting the Science HD channel on #212 in place of NFL Network via D*. Anybody else seeing this?

Not as of 11:45 am EST.

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Mines working now - very strange.
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Hell ya, I'm getting the Science Channel instead of NFL Network.

What's going on, anybody know?

Just say no to cable.
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Turned out mine was only an issue when tuning via the "QuickTune" screen. I had to program another channel in that spot, then reprogram NFLN. Now it works.

Same thing happened on my other DVR that had NFLN in QuickTune.
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Turned out mine was only an issue when tuning via the "QuickTune" screen. I had to program another channel in that spot, then reprogram NFLN. Now it works.

Same thing happened on my other DVR that had NFLN in QuickTune.


So that's what it is. Thanks, panther.

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NFL Network COO Williams: Progress Made, But Distribution Holes Remain

Kicking Off First Game Tonight, Service Now In 53 Million Homes, But TWC, Cablevision, Charter, Suddenlink Not On Affiliate Team

Mike Reynolds -- Multichannel News, 11/12/2009 9:15:07 AM

NFL Network kicks off its eight-game primetime slate tonight with a significantly larger distribution lineup, but a number of key holdouts to its roster.

With Comcast migrating the service this summer from its sports tier to Digital Classic, its second-highest level of service, upgrades with other carriers and new agreements, NFL Network now counts 53 million homes as the Chicago Bears invade Candlestick Park to battle the San Franciso 49ers tonight at 8 p.m. (ET). That's up 26% from 42 million in March, as the NFL Network has also added the scoring service, NFL RedZone channel, to its playbook.

"This is a new high for the network," said NFL Network COO Kim Williams. "There has been expanded distribution with digital cable, satellite and our telco affiliates."

Still, the pro football league's in-house service has not been able to hit carriage paydirt with a number of major carriers, including No. 2 cable operator, Time Warner Cable, over pricing and positioning issues.

"Time Warner Cable is the only one of the top five distributors that does not carry NFL Network. We've put a deal on the table that most of the industry has been able to support," said Williams. "Along with our new NFL Red Zone Channel, and expanded VOD offerings, we're surprised and very disappointed that we have not been able to reach a deal."

Williams said there were significant negotiations with Time Warner Cable during the summer, and that while talks continue, there is nothing "serious right now" and that the operator is very likely going to remain on the sideline for another season of NFL Network's live-game coverage.

Similarly, while discussions continue with the MSOs, Charter, Cablevision and Suddenlink also don't figure to be on board either.
"Every distributor is different. For some it's pure economics, but there other considerations." Williams said, declining to elaborate.

For its part, Suddenlink, which for years had advocated for positioning NFL Network on a tier, said on its blog that it had verbally agreed to an NFL Network offer in late September. After starting to exchange "contract drafts" and preparing to add it to its lineup, Suddenlink said "NFL Network withdrew the offer we had accepted. A few weeks later, the NFL returned with a new proposal that included unacceptable costs and conditions."

The operator expressed frustration on the blog posting, but indicated it remains open to continued discussions and a new offer from the NFL Network, including the offer that we already accepted or any of the other offers we have previously made to them."

Elsewhere, NFL Network recently reached a multiyear contract extension with Armstrong that adds the service's primetime game schedule for the first time. NFL Network is available on Armstrong's Value Package, as well as its HD Advantage Package. Another recent addition, DTC TV, which serves subscribers in the middle Tennessee area, is positioning NFL Network on channel 40 and in HD on channel 340.

NFL Network also has scored a deal with BendBroadband in Oregon in time for Thursday night's Bears-49ers contest, as well as NFL RedZone, which provides highlights and live look-ins as teams cross the 20-yard-line, the so-called "red zone,"

Other NFL RedZone carriers, some of which are positioning it as a sports tier, using it as a driver to promote premium HD packages, or offering it on a subscription, a la carte basis include: Comcast, Dish Network, Verizon's FiOS, AT&T' U-verse, RCN Corp., Blue Ridge Communications, Service Electric, Buckeye Cable, Nex-Tech, Mid-Tel Cable and Dakota Central Telecom.

Asked about the uptake for NFL Red Zone Channel, Williams said that with distributors offering the product in different ways, the numbers are "tough" to determine through Nielsen metrics

Calling it a great complement to CBS and Fox's Sunday game coverage, RedZone, said Williams, is "keeping more people in front of their sets, when they might walk during breaks," or if their favorite team isn't performing well on any given Sunday. Williams said affiliates are happy with the look-in service's performance, and noted that there has also been "great buzz, acceptance from media, fans and bloggers."

Williams said that those distributors, like Verizon FiOS, that are offering it on an a la carte basis were preparing a mid-season discount to help drive a late-season rush for Red Zone during its rookie season.

Williams said that RedZone, alongside the network itself and expanded array of video-of-demand programming -- she pointed to the combine and NFL Draft fare as being particularly popular -- the NFL now has "a nice suite of products to offer."

On the VOD front, Avail-TVN earlier this week scored a contract extension with NFL Network, expanding the scope of the relationship to the entire industry, including delivery to an additional 17 million VOD-enabled homes, while incorporating advanced asset and metadata management services.

As for NFL Network itself, league officials said the service, as it approaches its first game telecast, has been enjoying an uptick in Sunday viewing. Through week 9 of the campaign, NFL Network scored a 15% increase in ratings and a 39% advance in households, compared to the same span in the 2008 season.

The gains are in keeping with the sport's audience amelioration for all of its carriers this season. An average of more than 17 million viewers has watched each NFL game on television this season to date -- the highest viewership at this point in a season in 20 years. Moreover, each of the networks televising NFL games has shown an increase in viewership against the 2008 season, with ESPN registering its strongest season since taking over the Monday Night Football franchise.

The NFL is also scoring online. Through this past Sunday Nov. 8, unique Visitors to NFL.com improved 16%, while video streams grew 32%, according to NFL officials.

Like a quarterback going through progressions, Williams, who said "our fans are really engaged on all platforms," ticked off a number of reasons why the NFL is enjoying a banner year: the "excitement of our sport"; its limited number of exposures; "some great games," Brett Favre; and "the economy, which is keeping more families at home."

Those factors and metrics have Williams feeling "pretty good about the advertising market" for NFL Network. League officials declined to specify its sell-through level for its eight game package, but senior vice president media sales and sponsorship Keith Turner recently said the service was pacing ahead of where it was at this point last season.

NFL Network for the first time, on the local level, has put 30-second tune-in spots into play, with affiliates offering marketers the chance to tag the units with "game sponsored locally" attachments. Comcast Spotlight, Cox Media and Insight are in the game.

"Thursday night football is one of our jewels," she said. "This is something we believe is really going to work for them."

Additionally, NFL Network is touting a sweepstakes offer that can net winners a trip to 2010 Pro Bowl.

ollowing the big market National Football Conference matchup with Bears-49ers tonight, NFL Network's slate also includes appearances by the two remaining unbeaten teams, the Indianapolis Colts (Dec. 17); and the New Orleans Saints, hosting America's Team, the Dallas Cowboys (Saturday Dec. 19); the defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers (Dec. 10); and a Thanksgiving night game between the New York Giants-Denver Broncos fraught with playoff implications.

There's also a Christmas night contest with San Diego visiting Tennessee that on paper last spring was arguably the network's best game based on last season's performance, But now barring a real Music City Miracle by the disappointing Titans lacks its preseason luster.

"Every spring, you can say our schedule makers are either geniuses or idiots," she said. "I like our games."

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In traveling this week, I noticed that neither the Seattle and Tacoma newspapers, had the Bears-49ers game as even being on TV.
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I'm starting to think the only way you might get the big MSOs holding out (hello TWC) is to go to a 16-game Thursday night schedule (NBC has dibs on the season opening Thursday night game).

Right now, the 8-game schedule smacks of being a bad version of TNT's Sunday Nitro (the early 8-game package they had when the 16 games were split between TNT and ESPN (who had the last 8 games)).
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I noticed the game was in DD last night.

Just say no to cable.
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I noticed the game was in DD last night.

The dialogue kept switching between the center channel and the front L/R channels for me. It was very annoying to me.
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I noticed the game was in DD last night.

Yes, for the first time, but as noted they had technical issues. I would expect it to be fixed by next Thursday.

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Tribune Adds NFL to Station Slates in Eight Markets

Stations to share local rights with NFL Network

By Paige Albiniak -- Broadcasting & Cable, 6/3/2010 2:00:00 PM

Tribune Broadcasting has picked up the local broadcast rights to six late-season NFL Network football games, beginning with the Chicago Bears vs. Miami Dolphins on Thursday, Nov. 18. The agreement allows Tribune TV stations in eight NFL markets to carry the NFL Network telecast of the local team's Thursday Night Football game.

"In keeping with our commitment to offer the best programming, Tribune Broadcasting is extremely happy to be partnering with NFL Network to make these games available locally over-the-air to football fans and advertisers in the markets we serve," said Jerry Kersting, president of Tribune Broadcasting, in a statement. "There are some great match-ups here, with the potential to really affect who makes the playoffs -- these games will draw a lot of interest."

This is the third year that Tribune has partnered with the NFL Network to air professional football games in their local markets. Tribune paid cash plus barter time to acquire the games.

Tribune is looking to increase its sports programming across all of its markets, Tribune programming chief Sean Compton told B&C in an interview last month, and is acquiring sports rights from the high-school level on up.

The eight Tribune stations that will air games are: WPIX New York, WGN Chicago, WPHL Philadelphia, KIAH Houston, WSFL Miami, KDAF Dallas, KSWB San Diego and WXIN Indianapolis.

By NFL policy, ESPN and NFL Network games are carried on free, over-the-air television in the city of the visiting team and in the city where the game is played as long as it is sold out 72 hours in advance of kickoff.

The full schedule of games is as follows:

Chicago Bears v. Miami Dolphins: November 18, 2010, WGN Chicago, WSFL Miami
Cincinnati Bengals v. New York Jets: November 25, 2010, WPIX New York
Houston Texans v. Philadelphia Eagles: December 2, 2010, KIAH Houston, WPHL Philadelphia
Indianapolis Colts v. Tennessee Titans: December 9, 2010, WXIN Indianapolis
San Francisco 49ers v. San Diego Chargers: December 16, 2010, KSWB San Diego
Dallas Cowboys v. Arizona Cardinals: December 25, 2010, KDAF Phoenix

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We should be hearing news soon on talks between the NFL and remaining cable companies without the Network.

It would be great if TWC/Bright House reached an agreement for NFL Network HD and NFL RedZone HD.

Please post anything you see guys.


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It looks like a small cable Company (WOW) in OHIO has dropped NFL Network.

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content...sic-cable.html

They can now drop their subscriber count for their overpriced channel by $300,000.


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I noticed on FiOS the NFL Network SD feed is now coming from the HD feed letter boxed.

The NFL news scroll at the bottom of the screen has been turned off for No Huddle.
It's nice to have one pro sports network turn it off for some programming.
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