TV provider recommendations

Discussion in 'Mens Basketball' started by Dingus, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. Dingus

    Dingus Active Member

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    After not having TV for a dozen years, this Cyclones team is forcing me back in; I'm tired of mooching off friends and still missing games. Probably Dish or DirectTV. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU can be found anywhere, but the Big 12 network games have me flummoxed as I don't live in Big 12 country (WA state). Would be a bummer to get roped in to 2 yrs and still miss ~1/3 of remaining games.

    FWIW I have no interest in any TV except for NCAA BB (mostly ISU but other games as well) so as targeted as possible would be great. Any recommendations or insight is appreciated.
     
  2. NATEizKING

    NATEizKING Well-Known Member

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    Cyclones.tv
     
  3. pourcyne

    pourcyne Well-Known Member

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    Cyclones.TV is the cheapest and you get John Walters. With DishNet, you have to buy a high-end package to get most games (speaking from personal experience, here).
     
  4. Let's Go State

    Let's Go State Well-Known Member

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    I want to try mediacom simply due to cyclones.tv channel... But I'm scared.... So I'll probably stick with Dish network and subscribe online.

    ive been happy with them. Good product, reasonably priced. Only gripe is ESPNU is not in HD....
     
  5. cycloneG

    cycloneG Well-Known Member

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    Choice package of DirecTV should have what you need. The Big 12 games will require fullcourt.
     
  6. ajbjunior

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    I currently have Mediacom and looking to switch. However I want to keep cable internet. If I look at one of the satellite companies how does this work with the feeds coming in the house? Does the satellite have to run a new feed in since I will still be using Mediacom?

    dish or direct?
     
  7. pulse

    pulse Well-Known Member

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    As long as you have the ESPN channels, you'll get the majority of the games. The games listed as Big 12 network could also be on one of the ESPN channels, it depends on what they decide. If they aren't placed there, then they'll probably be on cyclones.tv. Of course if you want to watch lots of college basketball, just pay for Full Court. For ISU BB, you don't really need Full Court anymore if ISU is all you're concerned with, with cyclones.tv. With cyclones.tv, the cash just goes to ISU which is nice.
     
  8. cycloneG

    cycloneG Well-Known Member

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    Are all Big 12 games on cyclones.tv if they aren't picked up by an ESPN channel? I'm pretty sure if you aren't in Iowa, you'll need fullcourt to watch the Big 12 games that are not picked up by one of the ESPNs.
     
  9. St810s

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    Between ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and FS1, I have been able to watch all the college bball I can handle. Any game worth watching is probably going to be on one of these channels.

    I get those 4 channels with my DirectTV Choice package. Get that + cyclones.tv and you are set.
     
  10. Clonehomer

    Clonehomer Well-Known Member

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    I like Dish myself. We pay about $75/month and get all ISU games except those on Mediacom only channels. I know most Big12 network games are on the sports alternative or regional sports channels, but I don't know how blackouts work on those. Since we live in Iowa we aren't blacked out from these games. I don't know if WA would get these or not.
     
  11. mkleve44

    mkleve44 Member

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    Anything except Mediacom.
     
  12. Bader

    Bader Well-Known Member

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    The Big 12 games involving Iowa State that aren't on ESPN will be on WOI. Cyclones.tv can only pick up a game if nobody else is willing to air it, which won't happen for any conference games

    2012-13 Big 12 Network Television Package - Big 12 Conference - Official Athletic Site

    Edit: sorry must've glazed over the fact that the OP is in WA, those games are usually broadcast on the regional Fox Sports network so if you get the sports pack from whatever provider you'll get access to all the FS channels nationwide
     
  13. Dingus

    Dingus Active Member

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    I get Cyclones.tv at the moment, but my understanding is that none of the games marked Big 12 network will be streamed live on Cyclones.tv but will appear on random channels (and only on Cyclones.tv online 48+ hr delay).

    Someone mentioned one time getting big 12 network games on random channels and was curious which channels so I could find which provider/package provided these.
     
  14. cycloneG

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    I live in Iowa so all those games are always on local ABC so I've never had to search for them on a regional sports network. I know friends that live in the twin cities can only get those games if they have the full court package because FSN North does not televise those games..
     
  15. Clone1138

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    I had Mediacom for years and wasn't really happy with it this past season when I didn't have ESPNU and so many Cyclone games were on it. Over the summer I switched to DIRECTV and I'm very happy with it. Mediacom only broadcasts in 720 HD, not 1080 like DIRECTV. Also, the second to bottom DIRECTV channel package includes ESPNU, which was the dealmaker for me. They have some terrific promos going on right now and I think I pay only $57/mo. for the whole house DVR Genie. The Genie box has 1 TB of storage so you can record a ridiculous amount of HD content. I'll be keeping a lot of ISU games saved on here for a while.
     
  16. Wesley

    Wesley Well-Known Member

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    For someone living in WA wanting B12 conference games probably makes first row sports a staple.
     
  17. Let's Go State

    Let's Go State Well-Known Member

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    I like Dish fine, and feel that I get a good deal.

    The dish tech will make it work. You'll bring a dedicated line into the house. All you have to do is get mediacom to your router.
     
  18. isudoc03

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    #18 isudoc03, Dec 16, 2013
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    If you get DirecTV, add the sports pack which contains all the regional sports networks, FSN, comcast, YES, MSN, etc. Usually one of those channels will carry the big 12 network games. Or you could add the Full Court package which I think covers all the big 12 network games.
     
  19. You must live in CENTRAL Iowa.

    This thread made me remember about the horrid Big 12 Network coverage around Cedar Rapids. You see, the local Fox station holds the Big 12 Network rights ... but they only carry the weekend games, and not necessarily all of those. Weeknight games NEVER get shown on TV over here, and since the Fox station holds the rights, nobody else can pick them up.

    And they even have a digital subchannel they could put the games on, if they didn't want to preempt their precious American Idol or whatever. But guess what's on that subchannel 24/7? Country music videos. Dammit!

    Thanks, OP, for bringing this up and igniting my fury at these losers at Fox 28 in Cedar Rapids. Sinclair Broadcasting is run by idiots and charlatans! Arrrrrgh! HULK RAGE!!!!!
     
  20. Cydkar

    Cydkar Well-Known Member

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    What do you do for internet?
     

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