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Me-TV programming takes a hit in Portland

(29 posts)

  1. Jbpdx

    Sinclair is forcing its American Sports Network programming (Conference USA, the Colonial Athletic Association, Big South Conference, Southern Conference, and the Patriot League) onto its stations. In most cities that means CW stations, which air paid programs most of the day on Saturday. But in PDX we're getting it on 2.2, which means lots of Me-TV shows are being pre-empted. It could get bad: "In addition to college football (in both the FBS and FCS levels), ASN also plans to broadcast games in men's and women's college basketball, women's college soccer, and college baseball games." This is going to piss lots of people off. Let's hope they activate channel 2.4 and put this on there. A simple solution. The conferences carried don't have any fan base in Portland.

    Posted on September 2, 2014 - 02:58 PM #
  2. Andrew

    People who are truly "piss[ed] off" about this are watching too much television.

    Posted on September 2, 2014 - 03:06 PM #
  3. Andy_brown

    Cool. Finally after 38 years of living in Oregon I might get a chance to see an occasional Saturday morning game with my alma mater playing without leaving the house. Last year there were a few on cable, but over the air is a big step forward.

    All those old reruns aren't going anywhere, jbpdx. They'll still get aired some other time.

    Posted on September 2, 2014 - 05:20 PM #
  4. paulwalker

    Or just buy your favorites. Most successful sitcoms are available in bulk at Barnes & Noble or Amazon. Or on-line from various sources.

    Posted on September 2, 2014 - 05:24 PM #
  5. Jbpdx

    I'm sure lots of people in Portland will want to watch Hofstra women's basketball games.

    Posted on September 4, 2014 - 07:16 PM #
  6. Master of Disaster

    First of all, thank you for alerting the Master of Disaster to this new source of sports programming. Reviewing this Saturday's listings on TitanTV vs. ESPN earlier this week indicates these are games that otherwise wouldn't have TV coverage.

    This is reminiscent of the "discussion" about Perry Mason being moved from Noon on KPTV to 8 AM on KPDX. "But we've always watched it this way!" as a response to the instant gratification and convenience of having instant access to all episodes of a program by buying the DVD box set or viewing it online, is as flimsy an excuse as one claiming they aren't technologically capable of using a cell phone or a computer.

    Besides, essentially ALL programming is—and always has been—subject to preemption for various reasons.

    Posted on September 4, 2014 - 09:58 PM #
  7. Valerie ring

    I agree with Jbpdx, and yes,I am in the Metamucil crowd but I don't use the stuff. 8)

    Posted on September 5, 2014 - 04:55 AM #
  8. theedger

    Why a 2.4? Do you want to increase the bit-starved HD of 2.1 even more?

    Posted on September 5, 2014 - 05:17 PM #
  9. Scott Young

    Why not? After all bandwidth is a valuable commodity, not to be squandered on quality.

    Posted on September 5, 2014 - 07:50 PM #
  10. missing_kskd

    Words of truth right there!

    It's never, ever going to be about quality. Hasn't been for a very long time, and arguably, never was.

    Many content sources are about high quality. Disney was a pioneer in that respect and it shows as content sees a lot of reuse. Fair call. But to those who move content, carriers, it's about choice and that means "good enough" quality is the name of the game.

    And, where competition is marginal? Even less than good enough ends up being good enough.

    But man! Look at all the options!

    And I know that is laced with sarcasm, but I don't even think it's the wrong thing to do. Why?

    Here it is again:

    You've got two content delivery choices. One is compelling as all get out, but it's low quality. The other is boring as all get out, but it's top notch quality.

    Which one do you choose?

    The very vast majority do it to be entertained or informed or get connected some how. If that doesn't happen for them, there isn't a lot of value otherwise.

    Content wins! It's king, and always will be.

    Quality is for those few who are skilled in the art or who have some understanding and appreciation of it all technically, and they just don't make up enough of the population to serve in the same way.

    So they get the special edition, remastered, Blu-Ray, DVD Audio, whatever and pay for that too. And it's a fair deal. Neil Young is marketing to those people, and the margins are good. Music right from the masters at high bit depth, lossless encoding, robust analog circuits, the works!

    How many people actually setup a home theatre? Of that set, how many actually calibrate it? Of that set, how many actually do a good job of it, both video and audio? (I've done one or two, and it takes a LOT of work to even get a competent setup. Nailing it? No thanks. Not worth the return.)

    Right now, OTA is competing nicely with cable. It's a nice deal! The more they can pack in, the better that value is, and that's just what most of them will do too. Add on some Internet, and subtract that ugly cable bill, and there are some free entertainment dollars to be used either on real quality material, or just some other activities.

    Posted on September 5, 2014 - 08:47 PM #