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NBA National Cable TV Schedule – February 28-March 6

For many casual fans, the NBA season, though it actually began in late October, really begins to gain steam and interest on Christmas Day, when NBA games are showcased on broadcast and cable TV all day. With the NFL season having ended, many more fans will be tuning in to the NBA, so at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog we’re going to provide the national cable TV schedule for each week. Here’s the schedule for the upcoming week, beginning today, Tuesday, February 28. All times EST.

  • Tuesday, February 28
    • Golden State Warriors at Washington Wizards, 7pm on NBATV
    • Charlotte Hornets at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30pm on NBATV
  • Wednesday, March 1
    • Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics, 8pm on ESPN
    • Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Thursday, March 2
    • Golden State Warriors at Chicago Bulls, 8pm on TNT
    • Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30pm on TNT
  • Friday, March 3
    • Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks, 7pm on ESPN
    • San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans Pelicans, 9:30pm on ESPN
  • Saturday, March 4
    • Los Angeles Clippers at Chicago Bulls, 8:30pm on ABC
  • Sunday, March 5
    • Golden State Warriors at New York Knicks, 3:30pm on ABC
    • Utah Jazz at Sacramento Kings, 6pm on NBATV
    • Oklahoma City Thunder at Dallas Mavericks, 8:30pm on ESPN
  • Monday, March 6
    • Indiana Pacers at Charlotte Hornets, 8pm on TNT
    • Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30pm on TNT

DIRECTV channel listings: NBATV 216, ESPN 206, TNT 245.

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Turner Sports Wins Champions League Cable TV Rights

The Champions League is the cream of the crop of European football (soccer), with the top teams from each country’s top league competing to see who the best team in Europe is. Turner Sports has won the English-language cable TV rights for the Champions League from Fox, who was the previous rights holder for both English and Spanish language TV rights. Univision will hold the Spanish language TV rights.

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Turner will pay $60 million a year for three years, beginning in fall 2018 and stretching through spring 2021.

Turner was somewhat of a surprise bidder, given that it has not aired any soccer coverage since the 1990 World Cup. The network will have to build an entire soccer operation essentially from scratch and will likely be looking outside the company for the new faces of its soccer coverage.

According to SBD, Fox’s bid for these rights was nowhere near what Turner offered. Fox has held Champions League rights since 2009 and has focused much attention on soccer coverage, with rights to the World Cup and MLS.

NBC, which owns rights to the English Premier League, reportedly submitted only a “token bid” for the Champions League.

Turner is becoming a major player in sports television once again, and expanding its audience to the younger crowd drawn more to soccer than the traditional American sports audience. Turner also holds rights to the NBA, MLB Playoffs, and March Madness.

911 Funding Affected by Lack of Landlines

We’re approaching almost 50 percent of Americans having completely ditched the landline phone to only use a cell phone. The reasons for that are many: keeping the same number even when moving from state to state, no long distance charges, always having your phone on you, fewer telemarketing calls. But one unforeseen byproduct of people cutting the home phone cord is that 911 services are losing their funding.

More from the Washington Times:

With landlines rapidly disappearing across Kentucky and the country, the old way of paying for 911 communications services has withered, too. That has left cities and counties struggling to maintain old systems and forced them to scramble to pay for upgrades or buy new systems.

“This is sort of a consequence of the structural changes the telecommunications market has gone through over the past 20 years,” said Trey Forgety, director of governmental affairs for the National Emergency Number Association.

The problem is especially bad in Kentucky, where local governments can charge fees on landlines for 911 services but are not allowed to tax cellphones. Fees from cellphones cover about 20 percent of the total cost to operate 911 systems in Kentucky, yet they account for 80 percent of all calls to 911 dispatch centers, according to Joe Barrows, executive director of the Commercial Mobile Radio Service Board, which collects cellphone fees in Kentucky.

Many state governments are collecting tax on cell phones, but because local governments cannot, sometimes that money does not make its way back to the local 911 infrastructure. More on this story as it develops at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog.

NBA National Cable TV Schedule – February 21-27

For many casual fans, the NBA season, though it actually began in late October, really begins to gain steam and interest on Christmas Day, when NBA games are showcased on broadcast and cable TV all day. With the NFL season having ended, many more fans will be tuning in to the NBA, so at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog we’re going to provide the national cable TV schedule for each week. Here’s the schedule for the upcoming week, beginning today, Tuesday, February 21. All times EST.

  • Tuesday, February 21
    • NO GAMES – All-Star Break
  • Wednesday, February 22
    • NO GAMES – All-Star Break
  • Thursday, February 23
    • New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers, 8pm on TNT
    • Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors, 10:30pm on TNT
  • Friday, February 24
    • Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors, 8pm on ESPN
    • San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Saturday, February 25
    • Charlotte Hornets at Sacramento Kings, 5pm on NBATV
    • Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers, 8:30pm on ABC
  • Sunday, February 26
    • Phoenix Suns at Milwaukee Bucks, 3:30pm on NBATV
    • New Orleans Pelicans at Oklahoma City Thunder, 7pm on NBATV
    • Charlotte Hornets at Los Angeles Clippers, 9:30pm on NBATV
  • Monday, February 27
    • Milwaukee Bucks at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7pm on TNT
    • Indiana Pacers at Houston Rockets, 9:30pm on TNT

DIRECTV channel listings: NBATV 216, ESPN 206, TNT 245.

NBA National Cable TV Schedule – February 14-20

For many casual fans, the NBA season, though it actually began in late October, really begins to gain steam and interest on Christmas Day, when NBA games are showcased on broadcast and cable TV all day. With the NFL season having ended, many more fans will be tuning in to the NBA, so at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog we’re going to provide the national cable TV schedule for each week. Here’s the schedule for the upcoming week, beginning today, Tuesday, February 8. All times EST. Note: this weekend is the All-Star Game.

  • Tuesday, February 14
    • Cleveland Cavaliers at Minnesota Timberwolves, 8pm on NBATV
    • Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30pm on NBATV
  • Wednesday, February 15
    • Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7pm on ESPN
    • New York Knicks at Oklahoma City Thunder, 9:30pm on ESPN
  • Thursday, February 16
    • Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls, 8pm on TNT
  • Friday, February 17
    • Rookie-Sophomore Young Stars Game, 9pm on TNT
  • Saturday, February 18
    • Skills Challenge and Slam Dunk Contest, 8pm on TNT
  • Sunday, February 19
    • All-Star Game, 8pm on TNT

DIRECTV channel listings: NBATV 216, ESPN 206, TNT 245.

NFL Sunday Ticket Package Undergoes Rate Hike

Satellite broadcaster DIRECTV is the exclusive home of NFL Sunday Ticket, which shows out of market games, among other features, and is popular with NFL fans and sports bars alike. Each year the price goes up a little bit, but this year, rates for the service are increasing almost five times more than they did last year.

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The satcaster, which is now taking orders for the 2017 season, has priced the basic Sunday Ticket package at $281.94. The price is good until September 9, 2017, the night before the first week of Sunday regular season games. (Prices go up after September 9.)

In contrast, DIRECTV last year charged just $257.94 if you ordered the Sunday Ticket before the first week of regular season action.

The increase in the pre-season price this year is 9.3 percent. DIRECTV raised the pre-season price last year by only 2.4 percent.

The basic Sunday Ticket plan entitles a subscriber to watch out-of-market Sunday NFL games as well as access the Ticket Mix Channel (all games on one screen at the same time) and on-screen stats.

DIRECTV has raised the pre-season price for the Sunday Ticket Max plan to $377.94, which is a five percent increase over last year’s pre-season price of $359.94. The satcaster last year raised the pre-season Max price by just 1.7 percent over the 2015 season.

The Max plan includes the live regular season games as well as the Red Zone Channel (games are broadcast when a team crosses the other team’s 20 yard-line), and the DIRECTV Fantasy channel.

Both the basic and Max plans also permit subscribers to stream the games on their computers, mobiles and connected TVs.

DIRECTV has revealed the 2017 pricing structure at its web site and via its on-screen programming guide.

It’s no surprise that the company is going all-in on NFL Sunday Ticket, as it is the major area that sets the company’s offerings apart from other cable TV and satellite TV providers. Customer loyalty to DIRECTV is tied a lot to the NFL Sunday Ticket package. We’ll see if these loyal customers stick through the highest rate hike yet.

NBA National Cable TV Schedule – February 7-13

For many casual fans, the NBA season, though it actually began in late October, really begins to gain steam and interest on Christmas Day, when NBA games are showcased on broadcast and cable TV all day. With the NFL season having ended, many more fans will be tuning in to the NBA, so at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog we’re going to provide the national cable TV schedule for each week. Here’s the schedule for the upcoming week, beginning today, Tuesday, February 7. All times EST.

  • Tuesday, February 7
    • Orlando Magic at Houston Rockets, 8pm on NBATV
  • Wednesday, February 8
    • Los Angeles Clippers at New York Knicks, 8pm on ESPN
    • Chicago Bulls at Golden State Warriors, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Thursday, February 9
    • Cleveland Cavaliers at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8pm on TNT
    • Boston Celtics at Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30pm on TNT
  • Friday, February 10
    • Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards, 8pm on ESPN
    • Chicago Bulls at Phoenix Suns, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Saturday, February 11
    • Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8:30pm on ABC
  • Sunday, February 12
    • San Antonio Spurs at New York Knicks, 3:30pm on ABC
    • Detroit Pistons at Toronto Raptors, 6pm on NBATV
    • New Orleans Pelicans at Sacramento Kings, 9pm on NBATV
  • Monday, February 13
    • Oklahoma City Thunder at Washington Wizards, 8pm on TNT
    • Atlanta Hawks at Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30pm on TNT

Cable TV Bills Going Up in 2017

Each year, due to inflation and other changes in the marketplace, services from cable TV providers and satellite TV providers tend to rise in price for the end consumer. The rise in cost has to do not only with inflation, but the rising costs providers face for carrying broadcast networks like CBS and Fox and the costs associated with carrying regional sports networks who have made big deals with local sports teams. According to Consumer Reports, here’s how your TV bill will be affected in 2017.

  • AT&T U-Verse: $2 to $8 more per month per package.
  • Cablevision/Altice/Suddenlink: 3.4 percent per month.
  • Comcast: $12 more per month.
  • Charter/Time Warner: pending upon adjustment of plan pricing for previous Time Warner customers.
  • Cox: 2 percent per video package.
  • Dish Network: $5 per month.
  • DIRECTV: Between $2 and $6 per month, plus $2.56 for regional sports networks in some but not all service areas.
  • Verizon: $3 per month.

Stay tuned to the TV, Internet and Phone Blog for more updates on pricing in the industry.