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    Need TV provider advise

    Our neighborhood is getting a fiber optic voice, data, and TV option in the next few months. The TV line up includes all the ESPN's, Fox Midwest, Comcast Chicago, Big Ten, NFL Network. However, it does not include the multiple Fox locals nor all the Comcast channels. I can't remember how many ISU football and basketball games were on the local Fox or Comcast channels last year. Can anyone advise me if I'll be missing any ISU football or basketball if I switch from Directv to this option?



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    Re: Need TV provider advise

    If you are getting FSN Midwest, you will be fine for all of the FSN games. The main channels ISU can be on are ABC/ESPN, FX, FSN, and possibly FCS (not sure if FCS is part of the new contract).
    Edit: If by local Fox you mean the mainline Fox channel (such as the one KDSM broadcasts), I don't believe the Big 12 has tier 1 with Fox in any way so you should be fine but you won't get NFL on Sundays if you don't get fox. But if you are in Ames, you can probably pick it up over the air.


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    Re: Need TV provider advise

    Quote Originally Posted by CysRage View Post
    If you are getting FSN Midwest, you will be fine for all of the FSN games. The main channels ISU can be on are ABC/ESPN, FX, FSN, and possibly FCS (not sure if FCS is part of the new contract).
    FCS was replaced by FX games. We will not be on FCS.




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    Quote Originally Posted by ISUAgronomist View Post
    FCS was replaced by FX games. We will not be on FCS.
    Good to know! Now I won't have to purchase the sports pack from Mediacom. Fox does a very good job with their FX broadcasts as well.


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    Re: Need TV provider advise

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneBob View Post
    Our neighborhood is getting a fiber optic voice, data, and TV option in the next few months. The TV line up includes all the ESPN's, Fox Midwest, Comcast Chicago, Big Ten, NFL Network. However, it does not include the multiple Fox locals nor all the Comcast channels. I can't remember how many ISU football and basketball games were on the local Fox or Comcast channels last year. Can anyone advise me if I'll be missing any ISU football or basketball if I switch from Directv to this option?
    Who's the provider? They may offer access to ESPN3, which will allow you to see a huge share of the MBB games (not as good for football, though).



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    Re: Need TV provider advise

    Quote Originally Posted by DistrictCyclone View Post
    Who's the provider? They may offer access to ESPN3, which will allow you to see a huge share of the MBB games (not as good for football, though).
    The provider is INS through the Colo Telephone Co. The lineup includes ESPN2, but not ESPN3. The Fox channel in addition to KSDM is FSN Midwest.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneBob View Post
    The provider is INS through the Colo Telephone Co. The lineup includes ESPN2, but not ESPN3. The Fox channel in addition to KSDM is FSN Midwest.
    ESPN3 is online streaming of games, it isn't a cable channel. Lucky for you INS does carry ESPN3 so you will get ESPN3 if your internet is through INS.

    Edit: As I read on, you may not get it actually. They have this below INS on supported providers
    Only Kalona Cooperative Telephone and Clear Lake Telephone (aka Northland Communications) customers have access


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    Without regards to ISU basketball being on, I'm happy with my INS-based local package. Mine's South Slope, and I'm happy with it, but the receivers aren't as nice as the big guys (mediacom/dish/etc.)



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    Quote Originally Posted by CysRage View Post
    ESPN3 is online streaming of games, it isn't a cable channel. Lucky for you INS does carry ESPN3 so you will get ESPN3 if your internet is through INS.

    Edit: As I read on, you may not get it actually. They have this below INS on supported providers
    Only Kalona Cooperative Telephone and Clear Lake Telephone (aka Northland Communications) customers have access
    A list of providers offering access to ESPN3 (which I guess is actually called "WatchESPN" now...3rd name change in as many years, IIRC) can be found here:

    WatchESPN FAQ



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    Re: Need TV provider advise

    Quote Originally Posted by CysRage View Post
    If you are getting FSN Midwest, you will be fine for all of the FSN games. The main channels ISU can be on are ABC/ESPN, FX, FSN, and possibly FCS (not sure if FCS is part of the new contract).
    Edit: If by local Fox you mean the mainline Fox channel (such as the one KDSM broadcasts), I don't believe the Big 12 has tier 1 with Fox in any way so you should be fine but you won't get NFL on Sundays if you don't get fox. But if you are in Ames, you can probably pick it up over the air.
    Big 12 DOES have a contract with Fox with the new TV contract that starts this year. So, ISU may possibly be on Fox (Over-the-air Fox) this year.



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    Quote Originally Posted by HoopsTournament View Post
    Big 12 DOES have a contract with Fox with the new TV contract that starts this year. So, ISU may possibly be on Fox (Over-the-air Fox) this year.
    Isn't it just tier 2 though? I think ABC/ESPN still has exclusive rights to the Big 12 Tier 1


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    Quote Originally Posted by CysRage View Post
    ESPN3 is online streaming of games, it isn't a cable channel. Lucky for you INS does carry ESPN3 so you will get ESPN3 if your internet is through INS.

    Edit: As I read on, you may not get it actually. They have this below INS on supported providers
    Only Kalona Cooperative Telephone and Clear Lake Telephone (aka Northland Communications) customers have access
    I think that A LOT of games will not be on ESPN3 this year, but any that are not (if they are home games) will be on Cyclones.TV. So buying a subscription to it will be well worth it this year.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CysRage View Post
    Isn't it just tier 2 though? I think ABC/ESPN still has exclusive rights to the Big 12 Tier 1
    Fox OVER-THE-AIR is part of the TIER 2 contract. They have an agreement with ESPN so that ESPN can show some of theirs on cable while FOX can show some of theirs OTA. In the past the ESPN cable games were sub-licensed from FOX.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HoopsTournament View Post
    Fox OVER-THE-AIR is part of the TIER 2 contract.
    Interesting, I don't remember hearing anything about FOX OTA being part of the Tier 2 contract. That's awesome!


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    Quote Originally Posted by CysRage View Post
    Interesting, I don't remember hearing anything about FOX OTA being part of the Tier 2 contract. That's awesome!
    ESPN’s Longhorn Network to Air Two Texas Longhorn Football Games in 2011
    However, an arrangement announced between FOX Sports and ESPN will increase the number of games on the Longhorn Network to two, for the 2011 season.
    As part of the agreement between FOX Sports and ESPN, FOX Sports will be allowed to air select Big 12 Conference games on their over-the-air FOX Network for national distribution beginning in 2012.
    Fox OTA will also have Pac-12 football and Gus Johnson calling games.




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