FC Dallas Partners with Time Warner Cable for TV Broadcasts

Discussion in 'FC Dallas' started by Pegasus, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. jamezyjamez

    jamezyjamez Member

    Apr 27, 2007
    Dallas
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    silver lining wise...

    does this increase attendance at watching parties (assuming the bar has twx)? will londoner greenville be the place that finally drags me from my sofa for road games? can i invite people over to watch my new tv and make friends irl instead of my pretend friends that i follow on twitter? will there be a downtown/uptown/lakewood group meeting up to watch away games?

    i sympathize with my non-twx fcd faithful, but damn i am looking forward to true HD games on channels i can actually find with sturm/followill along with legit pre/postgames. in your frustration, please do find some sliver of happiness for those of us who are stuck with craptastic twx and have finally been thrown a bone.
     
  2. vichuck

    vichuck Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    New Braunfels
    Club:
    Blackburn Rovers FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    As long as games aren't blacked out on MLS live I'm not quite as bothered by this, but I still think it's a shit, audience-limiting move.
     
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  3. TacoKid

    TacoKid Member

    Jun 26, 2002
    Euless, TX
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    If MLS Live is something I can enjoy on my Apple TV and not have blacked out games, then that takes some if the sour taste out of my mouth. But it still stinks.

    MLB has their Internet presence down. I wish MLS would take a page from their book.
     
  4. Rufiolo

    Rufiolo Member

    Jan 24, 2008
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I live in Frisco. I have Verizon FiOS, and I love it (with the exception that my DVR HD space is too small). I had DirectKick 2 years ago and I hated it. I DVR'd the games last year that we did not attend.

    I bought MLS Live for this year with the Promo Code soonerfan posted on Big D Soccer making it $49.99, after FCD's twitter feed promised no games would be blacked out. I plan to pickup the $99 Roku and attempt to watch the games on my television. I am hoping there are other benefits to picking up MLS Live (the condensed versions of matches sounds pretty nice, especially for viewing other teams) and the Roku (like streaming Netflix in HD (HDMI cable from Roku, instead of through our Wii).

    I do not like the alienation of all fans that do not have TWC, but I am a sucker and I must watch my hometown team, also, my wife is not so excited about dropping $150 so I can watch FCD.
     
  5. burning247

    burning247 Member+

    Liverpool FC
    England
    Sep 16, 2000
    Dallas
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    I think I'm going to give MLS Live a try this season in lieu of Direct Kick, which I usually get. Actually, I take that back. If FCD is serious about being able to watch them on Direct Kick if we don't have the means to acquire TWC (which I still don't know how they can determine this), then I will get it again on DirecTV when I move back to the area in a few months. I just still don't trust an internet stream over a true TV broadcast.

    I guess a good experiment will be this weekend when Direct Kick will have a free preview. Everyone who has another provider other than TWC and can't acquire TWC, see if the game is showing on your Direct Kick feed this weekend please.
     
  6. ttujosh

    ttujosh Member

    Mar 9, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
    Hmm, I don't think that's gonna be the case here. The Rangers have a 20 (!) year contract with FSSW starting next year I believe. Cowboys will never have to deal with a cable network deal, so the only hope would be to grab the Mavs and Stars. I find it hard to believe Cuban is going to go to a niche channel like this, when he owns one himself. The Stars get better rating than FCD, but they still do wouldn't be the driving force to create a network that could be sold to other providers.
     
  7. ElJefe

    ElJefe Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 16, 1999
    Colorful Colorado
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yeah, I found that out after I wrote all that.

    A channel which doesn't show the Mavs? It's funny that you should mention that. Cuban said the following a year and a half ago:

    As the blog (actually the DaMN) mentions, the Mavs are with FSSW until the 2016-17 season, but that's only as ironclad as the size of the buyout.

    And we don't know when their deal with FSSW is up, although with their recent time in bankruptcy, I can't imagine that it would be too long or too lucrative.

    Look, I'll be the first to say that this is just speculation on my part, but this is the direction that sports TV is headed. Comcast has managed to cut Fox out of most of their major markets, and it would appear that TWC is headed in the same direction. They're part owners of Sportsnet New York with the Mets, they're paying a ton of money to the Lakers to be on TWC SportsNet in LA, they're paying the Galaxy to be on TWC SportsNet (which in MLS is almost unheard-of), and they're paying a ton of money to the Dodgers to be on a new Sportsnet LA channel starting next year.

    But still, it does suck for local non-TWC subscribers in D/FW who want to watch FCD this season.
     
  8. Westside Cosmo

    Westside Cosmo BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Oct 4, 2007
    H-Town
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Just FYI: I posted this in the Houston forum since there is some interest in the blackout policy this year since CSN Houston isn't on much beyond Comcast.

    Direct Kick blackout guidelines are up for this season now:

    http://tsq.com/alerts/MLS DIRECT KICK blackouts 2013.pdf
    Unless they lift it on a special basis, games on CSN Houston and KPRC are supposed to be blacked out from Direct Kick in the Houston area. Interestingly, Dallas games on the TWC Dallas channel are blacked out throughout the entire state (El Paso, Corpus, even Houston!). Apparently the Dallas TV territory is larger or the Dynamo just don't want to blackout around the state.
     
  9. Quills

    Quills Member

    Jun 22, 2007
    Richardson
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Great info. Based on pdf, anyone in Dallas hoping to not be blacked out out because their apartment complex doesn't offer TWC can forget about it.

    RE Dallas/Houston regions:
    My guess is the entire state of Texas was made the Burn's region in 1996 when the league started. When the Dynamo joined, they were assigned a normal region around Houston, but they didn't reduce the size of Dallas' region because we have such a massive fan base across the state! :p
     
  10. profiled

    profiled Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 7, 2000
    slightly north of a mile high
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Order MLS Live, it's cheaper, if you have a Roku or a laptop and FC Dallas has already confirmed no blackouts this year.
     
  11. Westside Cosmo

    Westside Cosmo BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Oct 4, 2007
    H-Town
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm pretty sure that Texas was designated as Dallas' home territory in the beginning. I can recall watching Dallas Burn games on FSSW (it may have been Prime Sports then) back in the late 90s and even about 10 years ago a local Houston UHF channel 51 carried some Dallas games on TV. I vividly remember some Saturday night games being on, only because I was suprised to see them on that channel (although 51 seemed to carry all sorts of syndicated sports broadcasts then)
     
  12. Quills

    Quills Member

    Jun 22, 2007
    Richardson
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Oh, I already purchased MLS Live. Just pointed that out for the people that were holding out hope for DK.
     
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  13. jwedding

    jwedding Member

    Jul 21, 2003
    McKinney
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Anyone still have an MLS Live discount code floating around?
     
  14. profiled

    profiled Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 7, 2000
    slightly north of a mile high
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy

    I used POR2013

    And I saw this posted PHI2013

    Looks like the 3 letter code for a team followed by 2013 does it (or did it not sure if they still work).

    So i'd guess FCD2013 would work.
     
  15. profiled

    profiled Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 7, 2000
    slightly north of a mile high
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Chris Bettin @chrisbettin
    We just published MLS for Roku Version: 2.1! Expect higher quality streams.
     
  16. Rufiolo

    Rufiolo Member

    Jan 24, 2008
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I used DAL2013, posted by soonerfan on BDS.
     
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  17. MjrGrubert

    MjrGrubert BigSoccer Supporter

    May 22, 2003
    Whitefish, MT
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    So did anybody in the DFW area who was not in (or in too) a TWC area and got Direct Kick watch the FCD game on TV or did it get blocked out? When I got home around 1030 a sports feed/show was on 472 (?) so maybe it was shown.
     
  18. germ75

    germ75 Member

    Jul 5, 2007
    Frisco
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Wish I had waited and used it, oh well only 10 dollars wasted away...
     
  19. Cowtown Felipe

    Cowtown Felipe Member+

    Mar 12, 2012
    Fort Worth, TX
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I already spend way too much on TV. I have ATT U-verse. I have to buy every stupid English and Spanish channel in the US just to get GOL TV, all the ESPNs, and Fox Soccer. And now I can't get BeIN Sport, so I still don't get all the good soccer channels!!!! We can't get Time Warner in Fort Worth, so going to a local bar to watch games isn't even an option.
    This deal reminds me of when the NHL sold their games to Sportschannel. Who? Exactly. It was only available on the east coast. Thanks to that deal, many of us missed seeing a golden age of hockey featuring Wayne Gretzky. The NHL missed capitalizing on the greatest player to ever play their game just to get a big check.
    This is definitely not a "Major League" deal.
     
  20. burning247

    burning247 Member+

    Liverpool FC
    England
    Sep 16, 2000
    Dallas
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    So...no one got to test whether the Direct Kick worked in a non-TWC area?
     
  21. SeventhRowScreamer

    Jan 26, 2007
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Well, I'll be polishing up on my Spanish. It's going to be a long radio season. Is the MLS app still going? I guess twitter will be the only way I get live info on the matches. Twitter will be my eyes and ears. Thanks HSG!
     
  22. sweeper33

    sweeper33 Member

    Jul 24, 2000
    I attended the home opener and came home to review the Direct Kick feed - only to see "Blacked out for some bullshit reason etc..." A day later the game was rebroadcast on Colorado's Altitude network which I recorded and watched.

    I don't like this TWC bullshit. I don't give a fat fcuk if it benefits the FCD organization. I BENEFIT THE FCD ORGANIZATION YOU MUTHERFCUKERS! I'm a 13 yr plus season ticket holder and supporter group member fan. I'm one of the few MoFos in the DFW area who will SEEK OUT a broadcast of this team. Every week.

    I make the effort every season. What effort does FCD make for me in 2013?
     
  23. burning247

    burning247 Member+

    Liverpool FC
    England
    Sep 16, 2000
    Dallas
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Finally! Ok, do you have the ability to sign up for TWC? (Probably no, but just have to ask)
     
  24. gamekid2k

    gamekid2k Member

    Aug 2, 2010
    Dallas
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Tomorrows game is on Unimas
     
  25. balthrop

    balthrop Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 28, 2000
    Plano, Texas
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    On the Direct Kick free preview last weekend, I could watch every MLS game on FIOS EXCEPT F.C.D.
     

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