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Marquee Network - Chicago Cubs

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Marquee Network - Chicago Cubs

Hey Comcast Chicago Area,

 

Please get to an agreement Soon!!!  I hope the agreement comes before spring training!!!  You wouldn't want me to switch to another provider!  I know that there probably alot of people on here that would agree with me!

 

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If Comcast thinks the TCM thread was long with complaints...............I can only imagine if they string this out to opening day.

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Hey Infinity - PLEASE do not even consider forcing your customers to take Marquee Network to receive the Cubs games. While I love the Cubs, I do not want ONE PENNY of my hard-earned money to go to the fascist Sinclair Broadcasting. Sinclair is an evil company that does not promote truth and American values. Shame on me, but I have tolerated the racist Ricketts family, but will not tolerate this any longer. This is America and I don't want my money going to any business or person who does not believe in American values.  

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Marquee Sports Network

I really hope that Comcast makes the right move in Chicago and makes a deal with the Marquee Sports Network. I have been a Chicago Cubs fan for most of my life and a Comcast customer for years. Unfortunately, not having access to Cubs games in 2019 would be reason enough for me to consider another cable provider or to consider cutting the cord with cable altogether. Any news on a possible carriage deal?

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I assume you live in the "Cubs area" - according to one map I have seen, that is Illinois (except the immediate St. Louis area), Iowa, and most of Indiana (except the immediate Cincinnati area). Otherwise, even if Comcast wanted to include Marquee, it would be required by Major League Baseball to black out any Cubs games.

 

The problem may not be entirely with Comcast. According to one Chicago Tribune article I saw, Marquee may want something like $6 per cable subscriber out of the Regional Sports Fee. Imagine how pretty much everybody who currently gets NBC Sports Chicago (for, say, Bulls or Blackhawks games) but don't follow the Cubs  would feel if they had to pay an extra $6/month.

Oh, and if you eventually do decide to switch? You probably don't want to bother with Dish; the last I heard, it turned Marquee down flat.

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I will 100% be dropping Comcast if you do not carry the Marquee network.
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Thanks for the detailed response. I live in Chicago, so I know I'll have options for switching. You make a good point about MLB and blackout games; I'm originally from central Illinois where that can be a real issue for relatives of mine during the regular season. I actually just saw a friend post an email from his local cable provider that included the additional fee to provide access to Marquee. He and I are big enough fans that we'd reluctantly pay more because we will watch enough games to get the money's worth, but I can see how it would be a big sticking point for a more casual viewer.

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I just saw another report that says that Marquee wants "only" $4/month, and that negotiations with Comcast have apparently "just started."

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I'd definitely switch to Dish or AT&T for the Cubs games. Comcast kinda stinks anyway. Had Dish a few years ago and wouldn't mind going back. I'd pay $4 or $6 a month more the Cubs.

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@realitychick1 wrote:

I'd definitely switch to Dish or AT&T for the Cubs games. Comcast kinda stinks anyway. Had Dish a few years ago and wouldn't mind going back. I'd pay $4 or $6 a month more the Cubs.


Don't bother with Dish; it won't even carry NBC Sports Chicago (the Bulls, Blackhawks, and White Sox channel), and also hasn't made an agreement with Altitude Sports (there's a lengthy thread on this board about Comcast also not carrying it) or most of the Fox regional sports networks. I think DirecTV and AT&T already have a contract with Marquee.

 

There's plenty of time for Comcast and Marquee to come to an agreement; the first spring training game isn't until 2/22.

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Thank you for the reply. I will be changing to AT&T right away.
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@ThatDonGuy wrote:

@realitychick1 wrote:

I'd definitely switch to Dish or AT&T for the Cubs games. Comcast kinda stinks anyway. Had Dish a few years ago and wouldn't mind going back. I'd pay $4 or $6 a month more the Cubs.


Don't bother with Dish; it won't even carry NBC Sports Chicago (the Bulls, Blackhawks, and White Sox channel), and also hasn't made an agreement with Altitude Sports (there's a lengthy thread on this board about Comcast also not carrying it) or most of the Fox regional sports networks. I think DirecTV and AT&T already have a contract with Marquee.

 

There's plenty of time for Comcast and Marquee to come to an agreement; the first spring training game isn't until 2/22.

 

Well, February 22, is a matter of about 8 weeks, and seems there's been quite a few months that the Cubs and Marquee had their plans set.  Would be nice if they'd get moving.


 

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@realitychick1 wrote:

Well, February 22, is a matter of about 8 weeks, and seems there's been quite a few months that the Cubs and Marquee had their plans set.  Would be nice if they'd get moving.



You must be new at this sort of thing. These things have a habit of not being settled until the last minute, if that - ask anyone who was waiting for a renewal of the Big Ten network two years ago. Also, Comcast may consider "the last minute" to be opening day, instead of the start of spring training.

However, there's a "Cubs Convention" that runs January 17-19, and there are rumors floating around that the Cubs may be waiting until then to finalize a deal and make the announcement there.

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I'd heard the same rumor about Cubs convention. That makes sense, but I'll wait and see. Yes, I am new to waiting around for this (and unnecessarily impatient).

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@ThatDonGuy wrote:

I assume you live in the "Cubs area" - according to one map I have seen, that is Illinois (except the immediate St. Louis area), Iowa, and most of Indiana (except the immediate Cincinnati area). Otherwise, even if Comcast wanted to include Marquee, it would be required by Major League Baseball to black out any Cubs games.

 

The problem may not be entirely with Comcast. According to one Chicago Tribune article I saw, Marquee may want something like $6 per cable subscriber out of the Regional Sports Fee. Imagine how pretty much everybody who currently gets NBC Sports Chicago (for, say, Bulls or Blackhawks games) but don't follow the Cubs  would feel if they had to pay an extra $6/month.

Oh, and if you eventually do decide to switch? You probably don't want to bother with Dish; the last I heard, it turned Marquee down flat.


I'm being charge $8.25 monthly for Regional Sports, and I only really ever watch the Cubs. I'd gladly give up whatever else they broadcast for the Marquee Sports Network.  And that charge, by the way, is in addition to what I pay for bundled service. I'm looking at AT&T, actually.  I think I could even get TCM from AT&T without Comcast's extra charge for that anymore.

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Has there been any rumors about Marquee broadcasting 4K?  I think it'd be a real mistake to start a new station and not invest in UHD right off the bat. No pun intended.

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Just want to make sure that Comcast can see this. I will be changing to att or other provider in indianapolis area if marquee sports is not on the channel lineup by March 1st. Not a threat just a reality of the timeline needed to ensure switch of services to see my beloved cubbies without missing a game
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@Soigonh wrote:
Just want to make sure that Comcast can see this. I will be changing to att or other provider in indianapolis area if marquee sports is not on the channel lineup by March 1st. Not a threat just a reality of the timeline needed to ensure switch of services to see my beloved cubbies without missing a game

If you can find Phil Rosenthal's column from last Sunday's Chicago Tribune, you will see that he doesn't paint a very rosy picture for Comcast signing on anytime soon.

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   Comcast has to carry the Marquee netowrk. I really don't want to switch providers just because of this. Xfinity/Comcast has been great so far. But not without the Cubs and the Marquee network. Please get it done before spring training.

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Count me out on Comcast if they do not get the Marquee network. I have been with Comcast for 29 years. And will cancel if this is not resolved by the first spring game.

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If Comcast and Marquee do not have a deal in place by March 20, I will be dropping them for AT&T.  

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I will be doing the same!!!

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Cards fan?

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Absolutely not!!!😡😡😡
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If they make the deal and I get hit with an increase in my bill I will drop Comcast.   I'm not a Cubs fan and will not pay for something I will never watch.

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I am a die hard sports fan....but there is no way this channel should be added unless it is on the sports tier.   If you are a baseball fan, and/or a Cubs fan, pay the extra sports tier fee and get the channel that way.  Most of the market is neither of these things, and shouldn't be paying monthly fees they could care less about.   If you are a Cubs fan demanding this channel...ask yourself...would you pay a monthly fee for a White Sox channel?    What about paying for a Packers channel?   Sports tier is where this belongs...period.

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The problem is that the networks play hardball and demand that it be part of regular packages so they get ALL subscribers to pay for it. When the network is not available, the few hyper-fans will make enough noise that these narrow-market channels end up being foisted on everyone.

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@DannyD1959 wrote:

If they make the deal and I get hit with an increase in my bill I will drop Comcast.   I'm not a Cubs fan and will not pay for something I will never watch.


Danny, I just went round and round with Xfinity about an $8.25 charge for Regional Sports Network that appeared on my bill -- and it does not include the Cubs or Marquee. I couldn't get a reasonable answer from Xfinity, contacted FCC to get a human being who speaks English to talk to me. She told me EVERYONE gets the $8.25 Regional Sports charge, and you can't take it off.  So pay the extra fee and I still don't get the Cubs. AT&T is getting to be the only option.

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I just went round and round with Xfinity about an $8.25 charge for Regional Sports Network that appeared on my bill -- and it does not include the Cubs or Marquee. I couldn't get a reasonable answer from Xfinity, contacted FCC to get a human being who speaks English to talk to me. She told me EVERYONE gets the $8.25 Regional Sports charge, and you can't take it off.  So pay the extra fee and I still don't get the Cubs. AT&T is getting to be the only option.

Do you get NBC Sports Chicago (the White Sox / Bulls / Blackhawks channel)? The Regional Sports Charge pays for that as well.

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Comcast isn't the only one they have not made a deal with yet. Dish, WOW, and smaller cable systems. Also, it looks like AT&T TV is the only streaming service with it.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/cubs/ct-cb-chicago-cubs-marquee-details-20200121-a6y2iteud5dpr...

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Looking into YouTube TV now. $50/month and it has all of the channels I watch (except HBO but I can just do HBO Now if I want). Hoping that they get a carriage deal with Marquee and I'll cut the cord. Can't believe I'm paying Xfinity a regional sports network fee for NBC Sports Chicago which I can get on YouTube TV if there happens to be a Sox/Cubs crosstown game shown on there; otherwise, I'll never watch it (I understand where non-Cubs fans come from having to pay for something they won't use if Marquee is added to that RSN fee eventually). I also don't need ten bucks a month for the cable box, another fee for broadcast TV, etc.

 

This is such an outdated approach to TV. Xfinity and others are going to have to adapt to stay relevant, right?

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@ThatDonGuy wrote:

I just went round and round with Xfinity about an $8.25 charge for Regional Sports Network that appeared on my bill -- and it does not include the Cubs or Marquee. I couldn't get a reasonable answer from Xfinity, contacted FCC to get a human being who speaks English to talk to me. She told me EVERYONE gets the $8.25 Regional Sports charge, and you can't take it off.  So pay the extra fee and I still don't get the Cubs. AT&T is getting to be the only option.

Do you get NBC Sports Chicago (the White Sox / Bulls / Blackhawks channel)? The Regional Sports Charge pays for that as well.


No. I don't watch any of those teams. And never watch NBC  anymore, either.

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The problem is out of all the channels I pay for I probably only watch a dozen or so.  Its not a matter of who's paying for what channel because Im paying for channels you want that I feel I should not have to pay for, we all have our preferences.  Therefor comcast needs to come up with a "choose your channel line up".  That way comcast only has to pay Marquee for the viewers who want it.  All problems solved, I will pay extra for Marquee but not have to pay for the 100's of channels I will never watch.  Comcast ARE YOU LISTENING!!!!!!  I will do anything including switch to Ditest TV, after 35 years with Comcast, to be able to watch the cubs games

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Comcast does now have a semi-"a-la-carte" system called Flex. I don't know if it's available nationwide yet.

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Flex looks like it's an alternative for customers with Xfinity Internet but not TV. It does not include any "live" channels, which I assume would include any live Cubs games on Marquee, although it does allow access to HBO, which shows live events (e.g. boxing) on occasion. It also does not let you record anything. on an Xfinity DVR.

It does not appear to be "a la carte" in any way, other than letting you access things like Netflix and Amazon Prime if you have subscriptions to those services.

 

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Looks like AT&T TV is in my future.   Too bad......I did like Xfinity but will NOT give up the Cubs games     Too old to be going to the games.    RIP Comcast ?   

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I have a feeling they'll work something out. The biggest issue is the $4/month that Marquee wants to charge everybody who can access the channel (whether or not they ever watch it). The simplest thing for Comcast is to add Marquee to the (More) Sports-Entertainment channel package (as they recently did with TCM). Then people who want to watch the Cubs must pay an extra $9.95/month for the new channel package, but everybody else is left alone. I doubt Marquee is happy with that prospect, because they'll get nowhere near as much money, and that's what this is all about, right?

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@LarryR2 wrote:

I have a feeling they'll work something out. The biggest issue is the $4/month that Marquee wants to charge everybody who can access the channel (whether or not they ever watch it). The simplest thing for Comcast is to add Marquee to the (More) Sports-Entertainment channel package (as they recently did with TCM). Then people who want to watch the Cubs must pay an extra $9.95/month for the new channel package, but everybody else is left alone. I doubt Marquee is happy with that prospect, because they'll get nowhere near as much money, and that's what this is all about, right?


The problem with this is, how do you explain to the Cubs fans that "their" channel is on the Sports & Entertainment package while the White Sox (and Bulls, and Blackhwaks) channel is available to pretty much everybody in Illinois?

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@ThatDonGuy wrote:
The problem with this is, how do you explain to the Cubs fans that "their" channel is on the Sports & Entertainment package while the White Sox (and Bulls, and Blackhwaks) channel is available to pretty much everybody in Illinois

I enjoy both the Cubs and Sox (crosstown is a problem). The regional Sports fee of nearly $9 is paid by everybody, and covered all those teams plus the Cubs. Now it might go to $12 or $13 just because of Marquee. Maybe it's not the end of the world, but I dislike money-grabbing.

 

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I agree with other comments.  I would switch services (hesitantly because I like the services I currently have) in order to watch the Cubs.  What's the status of negotiations?  Are you even talking to the Cubs about adding Marquee Network?  It's a big issue for Cubs fans, and there are many!

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If the Cubs Marquee Sports Network is not on Xfinity by 2/22/2020 I will be canceling my service. Thank you.

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If Comcast doesn’t carry the cubs this year and I mean soon I know a ton of people including me that will move to the Dish network. Come on Comcast. Get negotiating!
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@Cubsfan1973 wrote:
If Comcast doesn’t carry the cubs this year and I mean soon I know a ton of people including me that will move to the Dish network. Come on Comcast. Get negotiating!

I hope you mean DirectTV, because it is very doubtful Dish will ever carry it.

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The silence is deafening.

I wouldn't hold my breath on this happening by next week. Remember, the Cubs and Comcast were once partners.  What better way for Comcast to stick it to the Cubs for pulling out of their partnership than by not upping.

They'll tell you--you'll stil see Cubs games on their air on FOX, ESPN, FS1 and four Sox games against the Cubs on NBCSCH.  Unfortunately, FOX and FS1 only account for around seven games right now and ESPN has to black out some games as part of their deal (they can carry around 20, but can go only go in-market roughly 10 times). And MLBN does a whole lot of baseball, but has no in-market rights for regular season Cub games. So all told that's around 21 games--or a mere 13% of the regular season.  (TBS also might carry one game in the regular season as well.)  And for spring training, ESPN gets one Cub game and NBCSCH gets one Cub game against the Sox (MLBN will be allowed to pick up a CHC/OAK game to carry in Chicago with the A's announce crew). So that's barely 10% of the exhibition season.  

Sorry to paint a bleak picture, but such is life the Comcast way. Wish Comcast would prove me wrong and up with Marquee from Day 1, but they won't.

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You can get it through Direct TV, however. I'll make the switch come opening day if things haven't changed. I live in South Bend, IN. I have been able to watch the Cubs my entire life(55yrs) without a problem whether I had Comcast or not. A lot of this is Comcasts fault. MLB should assume that everyone is capable of making a game where they black things out, don't have an issue with that here or at least they didn't. Changes are coming Comcast, make the right move or I am gone too. Alot of people in this area feel the same way so a potential for a mass exodus if the right moves aren't made.

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No Comcast isn't listening they feelthey can get what they want because they are the biggest... The bigger you are the harder you fall. Agreed RIP Comcast!

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I will be doing the same!

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Comcast....you need to get moving on the Marquee network. I have been a Comcast customer for more than 20 years. I WILL switch to AT&T or Direct TV if you don't. Not a threat, just reality. One of the things I enjoy most about having Comcast is watching Cubs games, if I can't do that then why stay.
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It seems Hulu just signed up with Marquee (Hulu+ Live) - 5 days to go...

https://www.cubsinsider.com/2020/02/17/marquee-network-reaches-carriage-agreement-with-hulu/