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Marquee

I do not know what the status of Marquee sports will be but I do object to <Edited> the cost of their fans and non-fans. I for one will consider changing my choice of TV provider if the cost goes up to support the Cubs payroll. Comcast, please hold the line and not pay the Cubs <Edited>

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Chicago cubs

Will the Chicago Cubs be shown on my Comcast channels?

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Re: Chicago cubs

What market do you live in? 


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Re: Chicago cubs

If you get NBC Sports Chicago, then you should get the Cubs games. WGN and WLS will also continue to carry Cubs games this season; for example, the opener (at Texas) will be on WGN.

Click Here for a PDF of the schedule that shows the broadcasters for each game. (NBCSCH+ is the "alternate" channel; for example, on 4/1, there is a Bulls game on the main NBC Sports Chicago channel, so the Cubs game is on the "alternate.")

 

If you are referring to the new "Marquee Sports Network," that will not start until early 2020.

It remains to be seen if the Bulls or Blackhawks will be following the Cubs to that channel.

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Re: Chicago cubs


If you are referring to the new "Marquee Sports Network," that will not start until early 2020.

It remains to be seen if the Bulls or Blackhawks will be following the Cubs to that channel.



I hope Comcast let's know before the end of the year if they are going to carry it.   That would be a game changer for me if they don't.

 

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Re: Chicago cubs


@tbill1 wrote:

If you are referring to the new "Marquee Sports Network," that will not start until early 2020.

It remains to be seen if the Bulls or Blackhawks will be following the Cubs to that channel.



I hope Comcast let's know before the end of the year if they are going to carry it.   That would be a game changer for me if they don't.

Hopefully the Cubs don't pull the same stunt the Dodgers do and the deal isn't limited to a single cable system - Xfinity isn't even allowed to have Spectrum SportsNet, which is pretty much the sole home for Dodgers games, in LA.


 

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Re: Chicago cubs

Not a fan.  If the  new channel is a-la-carte, I'll pass.  If Comcast or the Cubs think that they can force a hike in my bill for their network, I'll cancel my TV service.

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Re: Marquee

I doubt very many, if any, Comcast prices will go up because of Marquee. Comcast seems to be playing hardball with these new "limited" regional sports networks - for example, Colorado's new Altitude Sports channel (which has pretty much just the NBA Nuggets and NHL Avalanche), which Comcast has not added yet. Also remember that, at least with Comcast, it will be available only in what MLB considers the "Cubs (and White Sox) area," as opposed to, say, the Cardinals, Brewers, Reds, or Tigers areas.

 

Side note: Marquee premieres on February 22, which, not particularly coincidentally, is the date of the Cubs' first 2020 Spring Training game.

 

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Re: Marquee

What about those who actually want to see the Cubs?  (Not that they're worth a darn at this point--2016 seems like ancient history now.)

 

<Edited>  I'd rather Comcast give me the choice of watching them or not watching them, instead of forcing my hand in not watching them (chaging providers isn't really an option for me, and I'm leery about cutting the cord).

 

I hope this will not a long, protracted fight.  I sense it might be.  The Cubs and Comcast were formerly partners.  I hope bitterness and pettiness won't be a factor.  <Edited>

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Re: Marquee

Those that want to see the Cubs should pay for it. Those that don’t shouldn’t have to subsidize it. The Cubs are gouging their fans, and that’s standard for them, don’t try to gouge non-fans!
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Re: Marquee

OK, why was part of my post muzzled?  I said nothing that wasn't factual--Comcast has had a history of protracted battles with broadcasting companies about channels.  They took about a year to up with BTN (losing one full football and basketball season in the process) and are currently in a battle with ESPN regarding ACCN (which appears headed for the same fate, if not longer).  Facts are facts--regardless of whether a moderator wants to censor it or not.  So there is precedent to worry about whether Comcast and Sinclair will come to terms on Marquee.

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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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Re: Marquee Network - Chicago Cubs

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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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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Re: Marquee Sports Network

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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Re: Marquee Network - Chicago Cubs

I will 100% be dropping Comcast if you do not carry the Marquee network.
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Re: Marquee Sports Network

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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Re: Marquee Sports Network

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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Re: Marquee Sports Network

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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Re: Marquee Sports Network


@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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Adding channels

Will Xfinity be providing the new Chicago Cubs network “Marquee.” ? I have not heard anything other than they were still in talks. Any updates on this?

 

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Re: Adding channels

There is already a thread for this channel

Right now, the answer appears to be, "They're working on it, but the last anyone heard, Marquee wants way too much money per subscriber for it." (Also remember that if you don't live in the "Cubs area" of the country, any Cubs games would still be blacked out where you live.)

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Re: Marquee Sports Network

Thank you for the reply. I will be changing to AT&T right away.
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Re: Adding channels

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Re: Marquee Sports Network


@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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Re: Marquee Sports Network


@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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Chicago Cubs 2020

Chicago Cubs Marquee Network not available
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Re: Chicago Cubs 2020

There's already a thread about this.

 

Short answers:
1 - Marquee Network isn't available anywhere yet - and won't be until the first Spring Training game on February 22.

2 - The last anybody heard, the station owners were asking for $4 per household from Comcast - and that's $4 per household that can watch it, not $4 per household that actually does watch it.
There might be some sort of announcement at the Cubs Convention in two weeks, but that's just a rumor.

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Re: Marquee Sports Network

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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Re: Marquee Sports Network


@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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Re: Marquee Sports Network

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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Re: Marquee Sports Network

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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Re: Marquee Sports Network


@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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Re: Marquee Network - Chicago Cubs

   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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Re: Marquee Network - Chicago Cubs

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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Re: Marquee Sports Network

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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Re: Marquee Sports Network

I will be doing the same!!!

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Re: Marquee Network - Chicago Cubs

Cards fan?

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Re: Marquee Network - Chicago Cubs

Absolutely not!!!😡😡😡
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Re: Marquee Sports Network

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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Re: Marquee Sports Network

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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Re: Marquee Sports Network

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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Re: Marquee Sports Network


@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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Re: Marquee Sports Network


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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Re: Marquee Sports Network

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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Marque Network

Will xfinity carry the Chicago Cubs new Marque Network and will it be up and running but Feb 22, 2020??

 

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Re: Marque Network

Nothing has been announced yet

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Re: Marque Network

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Re: Marquee Sports Network

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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Re: Marquee Sports Network


@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.