SEC Network/sports networks
NYIceQueen
Enthusiast - Level 3

I know that down south SEC Network is offered; however, considering you offer the Big 10 network and the Longhorn network nationwide I don't see how a network for such a huge fanbase isn't offered.  Especially for the Ultimate Package.  Can we please get more sports channels, especially in HD?  

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hallrk
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The overflow channel for the football games this week on the SEC Network will be channel 332 per this article. They are carrying two games at the same time at noon,4 pm and 7:30 pm. 

http://secsports.go.com/article/11455542

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Blastman1
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If all the reports of a deal being struck are true...what the hell is the holdup on the announcement?? 

The first game is in TWO DAYS....This is RIDICULOUS. 

I've given these **bleep** 180 bucks a month for internet and 166 for my phone's family plan.   That's 4,152 dollars a year!  And THIS is how we're treated?   The game's about to kick off and they want to keep it a secret about even what channel it's on or if it's going to be in HD or not? 

I cant WAIT for the day in April when my contract is up and I take my business elsewhere.  

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JMG322
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Verizon customer service is crap.  Ain't NO way I'm paying $15/mo to upgrade so I can get ONE channel...in SD! 

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uaphan
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I cannot believe they aren't offering it in HD in ALL markets!!
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JMG322
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This is funny.  They FINALLY release details of an agreemement after stringing out their subscribers forever, and it's the most complicated setup of all the providers carrying the SEC Network.  Sheesh.  All the other carriers just provided the network.  Period.  VZW has different packages and different boradcast quality (HD vs SD) based on your geography.  Why?

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JMG322
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I suppose the easy solution is to upgrade to the Extreme package when I want to see the SEC Network, then downgrade back to the Preferred. 

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jmurphy22
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@JMG32 wrote:

I suppose the easy solution is to upgrade to the Extreme package when I want to see the SEC Network, then downgrade back to the Preferred. 



It might be on the Ultimate package though. What Verizon is doing is telling Customers within the SEC footprint that customers outside the footprint will foot the bill for their SEC coverage. We'll treat those within the footprint like royalty by giving them HD and we'll throw a bone to those customers outside the footprint with prehistoric SD and a 1000% markup to boot. I'm not sure why Verizon needs to treat it's customers like they have stupid written all over their forehead.

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roaddogg1
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@jmurphy22 wrote:

@JMG32 wrote:

I suppose the easy solution is to upgrade to the Extreme package when I want to see the SEC Network, then downgrade back to the Preferred. 



It might be on the Ultimate package though. What Verizon is doing is telling Customers within the SEC footprint that customers outside the footprint will foot the bill for their SEC coverage. We'll treat those within the footprint like royalty by giving them HD and we'll throw a bone to those customers outside the footprint with prehistoric SD and a 1000% markup to boot. I'm not sure why Verizon needs to treat it's customers like they have stupid written all over their forehead.


It will be in Extreme and Ultimate outside of TX and FL.  http://newscenter.verizon.com/residential/news-articles/2014/08-22-sec-network-added-to-fios-tv-line...

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jmurphy22
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@roaddogg wrote:

@jmurphy22 wrote:

@JMG32 wrote:

I suppose the easy solution is to upgrade to the Extreme package when I want to see the SEC Network, then downgrade back to the Preferred. 



It might be on the Ultimate package though. What Verizon is doing is telling Customers within the SEC footprint that customers outside the footprint will foot the bill for their SEC coverage. We'll treat those within the footprint like royalty by giving them HD and we'll throw a bone to those customers outside the footprint with prehistoric SD and a 1000% markup to boot. I'm not sure why Verizon needs to treat it's customers like they have stupid written all over their forehead.


It will be in Extreme and Ultimate outside of TX and FL.  http://newscenter.verizon.com/residential/news-articles/2014/08-22-sec-network-added-to-fios-tv-line...


Yet, the big 10 network is available to everyone for the same base price. It's kinda confusing to mention both Extreme and Ultimate will carry the SECN. Anything on Extreme is automatically carried on Ultimate.

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JMG322
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Yeah, I'm not on Extreme or Ultimate.  Just Preferred.  Obviously not very preferred. 

At the moment, the only reason I really care about it is to see the SC/A&M game on Thursday.  I can upgrade to Extreme, pay the prorated fee, use WatchESPN to cast it on my tv in HD, then downgrade back to the Preferred package after the game.  Sort of like pay-per-view I guess.  But it'll have to do for now. 

After that all the major games will be on regular stations.

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jmurphy22
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@JMG32 wrote:

Yeah, I'm not on Extreme or Ultimate.  Just Preferred.  Obviously not very preferred. 

At the moment, the only reason I really care about it is to see the SC/A&M game on Thursday.  I can upgrade to Extreme, pay the prorated fee, use WatchESPN to cast it on my tv in HD, then downgrade back to the Preferred package after the game.  Sort of like pay-per-view I guess.  But it'll have to do for now. 

After that all the major games will be on regular stations.


That's a nice Idea but I'm not sure Verizon will allow you to switch to Extreme for three hours every Saturday and then switch back to preferred.

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JMG322
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Well, I'll have it for the rest of my current billing period (pro-rated) so it won't just be for 3 hours.  Anyway, I have a saved chat with a Verizon rep who said I can upgrade to Extreme and then downgrade back to Preferred for any reason without penalty and without affecting my contract.In the end, I may only really need it for the first game.

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Ustavio
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@uaphan wrote:
I cannot believe they aren't offering it in HD in ALL markets!!

I agree. Why just Texas and Florida? I get the Big 10 in HD, why not the SEC? I even get Time Warner Sports and Fishing Network in HD...but not SEC?.I notice on my guide that ESPNU is re-broadcasting the A&M/SCarolina and Auburn/Arkansas in the wee hours...in HD I can get reruns in HD but can only watch it live in SD? Okay, so I can (hopefully) see it live in HD on my computer.via WatchESPN but...really? Really?

I sure hope that this just an initiall launch scenario and/or ESPN will simulcast SEC Network games on their various channels (like last year). If this is "it"...i.e. take it or leave it, then I will just have to take my business elsewhere. In this day and age, creating this kind of  viewing mish mash is not just silly, it's obnoxious.

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roaddogg1
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Here is more detailed information about who will get what and where. It's true that only TX and FL will see HD. TX an FL will also see it in all tiers that have sports whereas other markets will need to have either Extreme or Ultimate to get it.

http://newscenter.verizon.com/residential/news-articles/2014/08-22-sec-network-added-to-fios-tv-line...

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mdhodell
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It is now Tuesday 8/26 at 1PM Pacific time and with no official announcement from Verizon they have lost another customer to Dish. Dish will be installed tomorrow and then I pull the plug on Verizon.  Thanks for keeping your customers informed.  I will now be able to watch SEC games but also PAC 12 games plus saving $45 over Verizon.  LATER!

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roaddogg1
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@mdhodell wrote:

It is now Tuesday 8/26 at 1PM Pacific time and with no official announcement from Verizon they have lost another customer to Dish. Dish will be installed tomorrow and then I pull the plug on Verizon.  Thanks for keeping your customers informed.  I will now be able to watch SEC games but also PAC 12 games plus saving $45 over Verizon.  LATER!


Wow, maybe if you read the posts above yours you would see there was an official announcment.

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mdhodell
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That was all here say. The Official announcement didn't come out till 3:26PM.  Two hours after my post.

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uaphan
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Glad to have the SEC Network, and I really think it is due to everyone here and everyone calling/emailing/tweeting and never stopping. I truly think they would not have offered it if we had just remained silent and not kept the pressure on them. 

Now the fight starts to get it in HD in ALL markets. Verizon is the only provider to not offer it in HD across the board. Why can't they just make things simple and make it available in HD to everyone??

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Bondi1
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Many things bother me as to how this SEC Network thing was handled by Verizon.

The last item,,is that the agent that I chatted with yesterday said,,and since I am not allowed to repost a  private communication I will paraphrase:

The Verizon Forum says that the SEC will l only be available in SD Outside the SEC Footprint,,but if what your saying is factual then with the Ultimate HD TV plan it will be available in HD in California 

Yes, rest assured before the game starts you will be able to watch it on your TV,,,Now: let me help you check your options on a new 2 Year Contract. 

I was lied to,,and fortunate enough to wait before I signed up until the channel appears on my TV.

Even though I was "assured" it would be in HD In California,,,apparently it will not be!

Mr or Mrs. Moderator,,Help me understand Why I should I trust what I am told .by a paid employee of Verizon in the future?  

If it's SD,,it must be time for Direct TV! Time to move my $12K to a company that will respond to it's customers!

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uaphan
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What is Verizon's reasoning behind NOT offering the network in HD in all markets??
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JMG322
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Haven't you seen the most recent FiOS commercials?  Because customers are at the center of everything they do.  Duh.

Comcast got some bad press for that horrible call to customer service a while back, but at least that was just one customer getting a hard time.  Verizon is {word filter avoidance} all over their entire customer base.

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jmurphy22
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@uaphan wrote:
What is Verizon's reasoning behind NOT offering the network in HD in all markets??

Verizonn doesn't comment on ongoing negotiations. Verizon Fios 101!

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