I'm sorry, but I'll believe it when I see it - on TV.
HALLELUJA!!! No more low-res games on the Slingbox!
Skeptic - it's time to do a reality check... every source is coming out and
saying that this deal is done. It will be on TV in the fall.
SO WHAT! These teams have not existed for years now. I have lost interest in
caring for future events.
Another problem with the network called mtn is the dishonest advertisements they
have aired. They said there programing would be 24/7. But they have openly
lied. In the late night hours, they air junk programs, advertising programs for
all kinds of junk -- for which they undoubtedly make enough cash to make it
more attractive to their bottom line than to air re-broadcasts of the games of
the day.If they are so dishonest as to break their 24/7 promise, what else
are they dishonest about?Has the Mountain West Conference made a mistake
to deal with a bunch of crooks? That's called a rhetorical question.
Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
I'm not sure this deal will help the Mountain West teams be visual on a national
level. The availability is a problem for fans, but the real problem is the Mtn.
It's an inferrior network and doesn't show the Mountain West teams in a good
light. I personally would like to see the Mtn go away and hopefully we can patch
up our differences with ESPN and see a portion of the games.
Thank HeavensI'm so sick and tired of being bombarded by whining
Zoobies crying about how they can't watch their football. Maybe now I can enjoy
next fall again without this visual harassment every time I sit down to watch
the news or anything else on TV.
Man, if the mtn. goes HD, it will be sweet.I have a 70" DLP HDTV and
the DirecTV pictures on the HD channels are out of this world.This
is going to be fun.Utah plays better on TV, and BYU just keeps
Sweet! Now hopefully Dish Network will follow!
Intertiaman - you are killing me! The news is true because multiple sources are
reporting it? Are you serious? By that rationale, there are WMD in Iraw! Nothing
has been signed and this sort or "almost there" story has run before. I just
don't believe in the ability of the MWC Commissioner to actually pull off a deal
with the satellite companies. Comcast doesn't want the deal and the demand for
the network is relatively low - the damage to the conference's appeal has
already been done.
Maybe it will happen and maybe it won't. There are enough people like AL,
present company included that have been alienated by this entire boneheaded
process to last for awhile. Throughout this whole ordeal, serious questions have
been raised about the future efficacy of the MWC for BYU and Utah. One point
that really stands out is the bowl game placement that is available for the MWC
champions, i.e. fifth place PAC -10. We now have to switch our focus to vastly,
and quickly improving that sorry situation. No applause due for the "heroes" at
the MWC and Direct TV.
It would be nice to watch MWC games again after a 2 year disappearing act. Hey
Mr. Thompson, do you think we ought to change our name to the Atlantis
Conference? Nice work to Craig Thompson and all MWC school
Presidents... you have done a good job setting the MWC back a few years. I
wonder if anybody on the national scene even remembers who we are.
This deal will not get the game to all the homes as advertise, all it's going to
do is make it possible for DirecTV subscribers to have the choice to buy a
REALLY expensive sports package. This is still terrible and the MWC needs to be
reprimanded for this terrible terrible decision that The mtn. was in the first
place. Widespread availability will NEVER happen in the current situation. As
far as I'm concerned NO ONE should pay the extra $$ for this package. The
integrity of our educational institutions is worth far more to me than being
able to see a game or two.What needs to happen is to cancel The mtn.
and get back to a situation that provides local outlets the games, with an
occasional game on a national stage. Bring KSL/KJZZ back into the local picture
in Utah and show us the BYU and Utah games we should be seeing.On
the bright side, low TV availability has to be a boon to the Universities'
ticket sales...In today's environment could a BYU/Utah bball game that is shown
on TV still draw 20k+ fans???DROP THE MTN!!!
It is still a bad deal. We still won't be able to see all the games. With ESPN
we could still watch the games they didn't cover on a local station like KSL or
KJZZ. We are still subject to the MTN's programing.
Finally. Finally. Finally. - St. Louis
As much as I disdain the Y and dislike the U, I am happy for their fans that
this is working out. I personally would have loved to see the conference's
ongoing sufferings for what I felt was the result of egotistical
decision-making. I did feel badly for the fans who were the ones that were
screwed by the whole deal, and I'm happy for their sakes.
BYU and Utah should go independent if they can't get in a better conference.
They can make it work for football and maybe basketball; the WAC will allow the
other sports to compete in their conference.
Who on earth watches direct TV? Give me a break. If they did a deal
with Dish Network, then maybe someone would have a chance to watch a Mtn West
game. But being on direct TV is almost as bad as having it on comcast, where
virtually nobody sees the broadcasts.It's time to wake up and
finally do something right!
If the Direct TV deal actually is real, then I'm pleased. For those of us away
from the Wasatch Front, our access to BYU sports has been radio or the
occassional CSTV or Versus option. I'm happy with the possibility of just
seeing games on TV! I will switch from DISH to Direct TV in a heartbeat once
the deal is confirmed. As to all the comments about how bad the Mtn. really is,
Give them a chance! With more revenue and more time, they will have an improved
product. Too many posters on these articles are just negative. Life is too
short to have such a gloomy attitude about things. Stop whinning. Give the
process a chance. ESPN wasn't wonderful in their infancy. Rome wasn't built in
a day. Didn't you ever hear that from your mother?
For all of you hoping that the mtn will be in HD, don't hold your breath. They
can't even afford to buy normal resolution cameras, or cameramen to work them,
or on-air talent to tell us something interesting while the game is going on.
Their production quality is atrocious. If a High school student produced that
low of quality for his broadcasting class, he would get an F. It is nearly
unwatchable. How many plays did the mtn's cameramen miss last year??? They
bought every play-action fake that was run, getting to the ball seconds after
the tackle was already made.If you think the poor resolution you
were getting on a slingbox is because of the slingbox, you've got another thing
coming. The quality is just that bad on the mtn's broadcasts. It's terrible.Also, this deal better be available without the extra $15 per month for
the premium sports package.
Provided this is true... either Dish Network also gets the MTN or I am switching
to DirectTV by August! COMCAST is not an option because they refuse to run
cable into a culdesac of 9 homes even though it runs two houses down...the
I had given up on seeing the Utes or Zoobs on TV and had actually enjoyed
watching USU and WSU on Altitude and KJAZZ. It may take a while for me to
redevelop interest in the MWC.
Another really problem is the quality of talent on the network. If they finish
these deals with direct and dish they should fire all the talent, especially
those individuals who cheer for the Y when they broadcast their games instead of
being impartial announcers. It is embarrassing. Get some good talent that can
really go a good job on the games.
If these deals are done then they need to fire most of the talent on the mtn.
They are really pretty bad generally. There is also the issue of how some of
the announcers cheer for the Y during and after the games. Good broadcasting
talent are known for being impartial. This is not KBYU.
I don't want the games on cable channels I don't have, I want the games on
regular tv just as they were for 50 years. The MWC is a joke, their channel is
the worst thing to ever happen happen to this states college sports, and it's
time for BYU and Utah to stop the bleeding and get the hell out of that
conference. Before that channel I hardly missed BYU and Utah football game, in
the last 3 years I've probably only seen 6 games. I HATE THE MOUNTAIN WEST
What are you talking about? DirecTV is so much better than Dish, especially
because of three little letters: NFL.
As for me if Dish network doesn't step up I will be moving to Direct. But Not
until the deal is done and all the programming in place.
Certainly has done a lot to blame the satellite companies for not taking the
deal. Seems to me that the Mtn has tried to dictate too much and this was the
hang up, not Direct or Dish (Ergen won't be pushed over). Also suspicious is
the fact that the Mtn has strong ties to Comcast.The leagues who
control these deals up front need to have enough outs so that the entire market
can benefit at a fair price and lineup.I hope someone can air the
technical details so that Directv, Dish or any other outlet is given a fair
I wonder if this means that those of us who live out of the US will be able to
access the games over the internet? I live in London, and know that there are
lots of BYU fans who would love to have that connection to 'back home'. I
listen to KSL over the internet, but would love to be able to see the action,
even though the games are often at 2 or 3 in the morning. Fan is a derivative
of 'fanatic', you know;)
Sorry MWC, this is too little, too late. You have alienated former fans like
me, and we have moved on to watching the major conferences and really good
teams. The mediocre teams in the MWC just don't cut it any more, and I wouldn't
even call the MWC a "mid-major" conference. From what I have seen on Versus,
the production quality of The MTN is just too amateurish---I've seen better
quality on BYU-TV, and I hate BYU. Lotsa luck, MWC, but I won't be watching
your games on DirecTV. (Oh, and for Jon Webb, the people who watch DirecTV are
the ones who used to have cable or Dish and found a better service.)
This sounds very positive but I will believe it when I see it. When I can
get CSTV, VS, and the MTN on either Direct TV or cable I will be excited. As
for ESPN please do not go back to that sorry situation. I like being able to
see more conference games every week in both Football and Basketball on the MTN.
It may be low budget but with ESPN they could care less about the MWC teams.
Wow a satellite tv deal is made and there are still a ton of people complaining.
Honestly! You go ahead and wish for ESPN to show your games. Maybe good ol Lou
Holtz can give your team a pep talk and you can play on a Tuesday night! And did
someone say bring back KJZZ and KSL! Isnt the goal to get to as many viewers as
possible. These players that come to teams in the MWC probably want to have
their families see them play. No way will having a game locally on tv help that
cause! So the quality of the mtn isnt the best but its not that bad. ESPN hasnt
always been where it is today. I am way sick of hearing all the complaints.
I have a 250" HD TV and also I have a 175" HD TV downstairs. This will be great
to watch college football on. Hear me roar !
I'm currently a Dish Network customer, but if DirectTV is going to carry the
Mtn. then I will swith to DirecTV!
I live in Ohio and really miss seeing MWC games. This announcement is
good--when it happens!! But my question, which I have submitted before is,
especially concerning BYU, but works for their opponents as well (especially if
they are in the MWC), since the LDS church owns BYU Television (on Dish and
DirecTV), why can't they show all BYU games, especially the home games, but they
could get feeds into the stations doing away games--so all games could be
viewed. Why hasn't this happend?
talent??? and Anderson.:Apparently you aren't watching the same
games I have seen because there hasn't been any more cheering for BYU than for
the other teams that air on the mtn. Usually the home team gets a bit more
attention because they're the HOME team and that's where the announcers are (if
you can truthfully call them announcers).Pleez, would someone please
give me a break.
Hopefully the deal means no more marius payton on the mountain!
Don't get too excited. There are two issues: 1) will it really happen in time
for Fall's sports?, and 2) how much of the mtn will we actually ever see in
hi-def?I'm waiting to see who's going to be carrying BYU sports on
satellite before I decide who to go with to get hi-def.Also, hi-def
isn't going to be what everyone's expecting. Because of bandwidth limitations,
satellite companies will be experiencing the same lower def "hi-def" pictures
that cable TV puts out on many channels. They only carry the REAL hi-def signals
on the channels that are most watched. That certainly won't be the mtn most of
the time. (Read up on your impending hi-def future if you don't know what I'm
referring to.)Hi-def or not, just getting to see BYU sports events
live will be a blessing.Now, if Dish can just get on the bandwagon
in time, I might stick with it, because they have superior hi-def DVRs compared
to Direct TV (currently).And, with BlueRay stealing the show now,
who knows what the possibilities will be?
Anyone notice that both Direct TV and Dish Network have about the same amount of
subscribers (around 30+ million each)?Get the drift of what that
means? Those subscribers don't generally have both satellites, so that means we
need both for proper national distribution. 60 million's a lot more eyes for
Wow there are a lot of whiners on here. This is great news. Remember people we
were not exactly getting ESPN A Team, the talent is about equal to what we were
getting from ESPN. The picture is not great and they need to improve that.
DirecTV is better than Dish. Stop whining and enjoy the games!
DirectTV better not jack up my rates just so they can show this trash.
Outside the bubble known as Provo and Utah for that matter most people have
directv. I have had both and Directv is hands down superior. Props to the mtn.
for signing the deal with the good satellite company.
I love Direct TV, the guy asking about "who watches Direct TV?" is living in
la-la land, try about 30 million people dude. Ever heard of the NFL Sunday
Ticket (commercials featuring Payton Manning) HD channels on Direct TV are
amazing (on the most watched networks, other HD channels are poor and shrunk).
I'm just happy that I may actually have a chance to watch every football game
this fall for the Cougs, even if the quality is poor, ever watch KBYU, KSL
broadcasts of old games? The game makes the experience, not the announcers.
This deal has hurt the MWC no doubt, but I can honestly say that I am excited
that this may be real. Don't hate, appreciate.Go Cougs!
Dish still needs to be a part of the deal. After that, what premium package are
they going to include the mtn in????
I am no fan of the MTN, but most of you making statements on here were probably
too young to remember the infant status of ESPN. They were as bad as the MTN is
now and struggled for many years. Hope the MTN can do better quicker.I will believe it when I see it. This should have been done
before the contract was even signed with Comcast to be the exclusive carrier.As far as patching up differences with ESPN I really do not want to
watch a game at 10-11 at night and watch only Thursday Night Football games.
That was the deal with ESPN and the MWC was going to get even less viewing
according to ESPN.Those with Comcast should talk to your city about
the legal liabilities of Comcast as to whether or not they should extend their
coverage into your neighborhood. Comcast will seldom tell you the truth about
how few homes need to want them before they have to go through the expense of
hooking you up. With this deal the MTN should buy some better
quality cameras and train their cameramen to actually follow the ball when it is
I had just about given up!! One more season without seeing the games on my
Direct TV and I was ready to leave the Mountain West Conference forever.
I am glad that you will have something else to watch. I am sure that you are
tired of Harline's still open, 4th and 18, 4 in a row, 46 straight, two straight
undefeated conference years, etc., etc., etc.Enjoy paying for the new
Directv sports package.
All this Idol worship of reality TV has corrupted the networks and destroyed our
right to watch sports. The only reason why I own a TV anymore is to watch sports
but reality TV has gone through the roof forcing sports which has lost it's
popularity to cable or elsewhere. We used to see all the games and now we don't
know where to find them. I see one game a week now because I can only afford
basic cable and even owning a dish from the mafia is not enough to get your
favorite sports programing anymore.
To all you freaks who are dumping their "TEAM" because of a tv deal, don't
worry, your team doesn't need you and I'll know enjoy watching BYU on tv.And to John, the kat that says DirecTV is no good. Let me bring you
outside of the bubble of UTAH!!! First, DirectTv owns Dishnetwork, two and most
importantly... DISHNETWORK has no market here on the East Coast, It's all Direct
Regarding the fact that the deal does not guarantee BYU / UofU games always
being on since every other conference team also wants their games shown, help me
understand this: if the Mtn. elects not to show a game, can another provider
(KSL/KUTV,KJZZ,etc.) purchase the rights to show the game? Given
the conference contract negotiating skills this is doubtful, but it does seem
that giving the Mtn. right of first refusal and then offering the games to
others could create additional money making opportunities for the
school/conference. And we all know that it is all about the money - right?Can anyone clarify this for me?
This is the best day of my life. Looks like I'll be switching to Direct TV if
DISH Network doesn't sign on too.
It'll be great to finally be able to see MWC football games again, but, it those
games will be set to the premium sports packages, it won't be getting all the
national exposure it's been craving. The only people who will pay extra to
watch MWC games are MWC alumni. And there really aren't a lot of us back here
on he East Coast.
From what I hear CSTV (which is the parent company of the mtn) was purchased by
CBS. So the mtn is probably going to disappear anyway. Having a network
dedicated exclusively to our conference is a great idea but the mtn just
couldn't pull it off. By the way has anyone ever seen "The Numbers Game"? I
think that's what its called. My sixteen year old daughter could produce a
For all those whining about having to pay extra and watching on the local
channels SHUT UP! There are so many outside of happy valley that want these
games. I had to pay well over a hundred dollars for ESPN gameplan when they
were with ESPN. I can handle the upgrade to a bit more expensive setup.
Besides the satellites are always cheaper than digital cable. In Colorado
Springs you have to fork out $80 a month to get CSTV, MTN, and Versus. With
Direct TV I'll bet I can get it all for $55 or less! Finally us fans outside of
Utah can watch our teams! National exposure will increase. As far as respect
we won't get that with any type of coverage until we get into the BCS regularly.
I use to be a UTE fan. I've really missed watching their games on TV over the
past 3 years. So I actually started watching more SEC games than MWC. I have
Dish rignt now so I will definitely switch to Direct TV this August/Sept. GOOD
BYE DISH !!
The MWC was continually increased its coverage since the intial launch of MTN--I
don't see why this will stop. I switched from Dish, after telling them numerous
times over the past year and a half, to DirecTV.The setup for
DirecTV was a snap; however, the billing by DirecTV is not a good way to run a
business almost on the verge of being dishonest. I received a discounted choice
pkg, and the discounted price would be reflected on my 2nd bill...no problem I
thought. When I received the 2nd bill, there was no discount. I called and I
was told it would be corrected. I checked after severall weeks and still no
discount. I called DirecTV again, and the agent tells me that I was suppose to
submit the discount....which no previous agents told me....a little caution re:
DirecTV's business practices.I like Comcast and Dish
menus/interfaces better than DirecTV...when my contract is done w/ DirecTV, I
switch back to Comcast, or Dish--if they carry the MTN.