Monday, November 26, 2012

Basketball Games Charter Customers will not see!

See what you have already missed and what you will miss as a Charter customer!

2012 Pac-12 Networks Men’s Basketball Televised Schedule
Date   Time (PT)    Matchup
Nov. 9   4:00 PM    Northern Arizona at Oregon (subject to change)
Nov. 9   4:00 PM    Wofford at Colorado
Nov. 9   6:00 PM   TBD at Oregon State
Nov. 9   6:00 PM    Willamette at Utah
Nov. 9   8:00 PM    Coppin State at USC
Nov. 9    8:00 PM    San Francisco at Stanford
Nov. 10  4:30 PM    Central Arkansas at Arizona State
Nov. 10   4:30 PM   Eastern Washington at Washington State
Nov. 11   3:00 PM   Charleston Southern at Arizona
Nov. 11  5:00 PM   Loyola-MD at Washington
Nov. 11  7:00 PM    Cal-State Bakersfield at California
Nov. 12  6:30 PM   Portland State at Oregon
Nov. 12   8:30 PM    Cal State Fullerton at Stanford
Nov. 13  6:30 PM   Long Beach State at USC
Nov. 13  6:30 PM   Pepperdine at California
Nov. 13  8:30 PM   UC Irvine at UCLA (Legends Classic)
Nov. 13   8:30 PM    Albany at Washington
Nov. 14   7:00 PM    Utah Valley at Washington State
Nov. 15  6:00 PM    Alcorn State at Stanford
Nov. 15   8:00 PM    James Madison at UCLA (Legends Classic)
Nov. 16   6:00 PM    Sacramento State at Utah
Nov. 16   8:00 PM    Vanderbilt at Oregon ..... Ducks won against a ranked team!
Nov. 18   4:00 PM    Florida A&M at Arizona State
Nov. 18   6:00 PM   Belmont at Stanford
Nov. 19   6:00 PM    Long Beach State at Arizona
Nov. 19  8:00 PM    Jacksonville State at Oregon
Nov. 20   6:00 PM    Cornell at Arizona State
Nov. 21  6:00 PM    Idaho State at Utah
Nov. 23  4:00 PM    Central Michigan at Utah
Nov. 24   2:30 or 6:30 PM  Wright State at Utah
Nov. 24   12:30 or 6:30 PM  Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Washington State
Nov. 25  3:00 PM   Montana State at Oregon State
Nov. 25  5:00 PM   Air Force at Colorado
Nov. 25  7:00 PM    Cal Poly at UCLA
Nov. 27   6:30 PM    Texas Southern at Colorado
Nov. 28  5:00 PM   Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Arizona State
Nov. 28  7:00 PM   Idaho at Washington State
Nov. 28  7:00 PM   Northern Arizona at Arizona
Nov. 28  7:00 PM   Seattle at Stanford
Nov. 28  9:00 PM   Saint Louis at Washington
Nov. 28   9:00 PM    Cal State Northridge at UCLA
Nov. 29  7:00 PM   UT-San Antonio at Oregon
Dec. 1   3:00 PM   Sacramento State at Arizona State
Dec. 1   5:00 PM   Portland at Washington State
Dec. 1   7:00 PM    Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Oregon
Dec. 2   5:00 PM   Denver at Stanford
Dec. 2   7:00 PM   Cal State Fullerton at Washington
Dec. 4   6:30 PM   Southern Mississippi at Arizona
Dec. 5   5:30 PM    Boise State at Utah
Dec. 5   5:30 PM   Hartford at Arizona State
Dec. 5   7:30 PM   Colorado State at Colorado
Dec. 8   11:00 AM   Cal State Northridge at Arizona State
Dec. 8   1:00 PM    Grambling State at Oregon State
Dec. 8   3:00 PM   Idaho State at Oregon
Dec. 8    5:00 PM   Nevada at Washington
Dec. 8   7:30 PM    Minnesota at USC
Dec. 9    4:00 PM    Fresno State at Washington State
Dec. 12  6:30 PM   DePaul at Arizona State
Dec. 13  7:00 PM    Jackson State at Washington State
Dec. 15  12:00 PM   Dartmouth at Arizona State
Dec. 15  2:00 PM   UC Davis at Stanford
Dec. 15  4:00 PM   UC Riverside at USC
Dec. 15  4:00 PM   Jackson State at Washington
Dec. 15  6:00 PM   Prairie View A&M at UCLA
Dec. 15  8:00 PM   Creighton at California
Dec. 16  4:00 PM    Chicago State at Oregon State
Dec. 18   6:00 PM   Oral Roberts at Arizona
Dec. 18   6:00 PM   SMU at Utah
Dec. 18   8:00 PM   UC Santa Barbara at California
Dec. 18   8:00 PM    Long Beach State at UCLA
Dec. 19   7:00 PM    Howard at Oregon State
Dec. 20   6:00 PM    Cal Poly at Washington
Dec. 20   8:00 PM    UC Irvine at USC
Dec. 21   5:30 PM    Northern Arizona at Colorado
Dec. 21   7:30 PM    Cal State Northridge at Utah
Dec. 21  7:30 PM   Buffalo at Washington State
Dec. 22  12:00 PM   Houston Baptist at Oregon
Dec. 22   2:00 or 4:00PM  Northern Illinois at Washington
Dec. 22   2:00 or 4:00 PM  Prairie View A&M at California
Dec. 22   6:00 PM    San Diego at Oregon State
Dec. 22  8:00 PM    Fresno State at UCLA
Dec. 28  6:30 PM   College of Idaho at Utah
Dec. 29  11:00 AM   Coppin State at Arizona State
Dec. 29   11:00 AM    Hartford at Colorado
Dec. 29  1:00 PM    Towson at Oregon State
Dec. 29  3:00 PM    Idaho State at Washington State
Dec. 29  5:00 PM    Lafayette at Stanford
Dec. 29   7:30 PM    Harvard at California
Dec. 30   4:00 PM    Dayton at USC
Dec. 31   2:00 PM    Texas-Pan American at Oregon State
Dec.31   4:00 PM    Nevada at Oregon
Jan. 2   7:00 PM    Utah at Arizona State
Jan. 5    12:00 PM    Stanford at UCLA
Jan. 5    2:00 PM    Utah at Arizona
Jan. 6    5:00 PM    Colorado at Arizona State
Jan. 9    7:00 PM   Washington State at Stanford
Jan. 10   6:30 PM    UCLA at Utah
Jan. 10   8:30 PM    Arizona State at Oregon State
Jan. 12   11:00 AM    UCLA at Colorado
Jan. 12   1:00 PM    Washington State at California
Jan. 12   3:00 PM    USC at Utah
Jan. 13   6:00 PM    Arizona State at Oregon
Jan. 16  6:30 PM    Utah at Washington State
Jan. 16   8:30 PM    Colorado at Washington
Jan. 19  5:00 PM    Oregon State at USC
Jan. 19   7:00 PM   Colorado at Washington State
Jan. 23  6:30 PM    Washington State at Oregon
Jan. 23  8:30 PM   Washington at Oregon State
Jan. 24  5:30 PM   California at Utah
Jan. 24  7:30 PM   USC at Arizona State
Jan. 26   2:00 PM   Washington State at Oregon State
Jan. 26  4:00 PM    Washington at Oregon
Jan. 27   6:00 PM    Stanford at Utah
Jan. 30   7:00 PM    USC at UCLA
Jan. 31   8:00 PM    Arizona State at Washington State
Feb. 2    7:00 PM    Arizona at Washington State
Feb. 3    12:00 PM    Oregon State at Stanford
Feb. 6    7:00 PM    Utah at Oregon State
Feb. 7    6:30 PM    California at Arizona State
Feb. 7    8:30 PM    Washington State at USC
Feb. 9    5:00 PM    Utah at Oregon
Feb. 9    7:00 PM    Washington State at UCLA
Feb. 10   4:00 PM    California at Arizona
Feb. 10   6:00 PM    Colorado at Oregon State
Feb. 13  5:00 PM    Arizona State at Utah
Feb. 13   7:00 PM    Oregon State at Washington State
Feb. 14   7:00 PM    Arizona at Colorado
Feb. 16   4:00 PM    Oregon at Washington State
Feb. 17   12:00 PM    Arizona at Utah
Feb. 20   7:00 PM    Washington State at Arizona State
Feb. 21   7:00 PM    Utah at Colorado
Feb. 23  3:00 PM    California at Oregon State
Feb. 23   5:00 PM    Stanford at Oregon
Feb. 27  6:30 PM    Arizona to USC
Feb. 27  8:30 PM    Arizona State at UCLA
March 3  2:00 PM   Utah at Stanford
March 6  6:30 PM   UCLA at Washington State
March 6  8:30 PM   USC at Washington
March 9   11:30 AM   Oregon at Utah

Charter Refuges

On Saturday I joined thousands of Charter Refuges who were forced from their homes  in Southern Oregon and the Oregon Coast to Sports Bars and Bowling Alleys that have the Dish to watch the most important game of the year in the state of Oregon. That being the annual "Civil War" game between the University of Oregon Ducks and and the Oregon State Beavers. I was able to watch the game on a non high definition TV but felt sorry for the many families that couldn't take their children to the game because the only place available was a bar that wouldn't admit children or a very crowded bowling alley.  
When my children were young they were brought up to be Ducks and every year the family would gather around the TV to watch the "Civil War" game.  I must have brought them up right, because  though neither went to the University of Oregon, they both gathered together on Saturday in a Sports Bar in Arlington, Virgina near where they live to watch the Duck and the Beavers go at it.

Charter may think that the worst is over now since the college football season is winding down to the Bowl games that will be on networks other than the Pac 12 Networks....... but they will be wrong!

Can you say.......PAC 12 BASKETBALL !!!!!!!!  Pac 12 Baseball and Track! More on that later.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Ken Goe: "No good guys in the Civil War television flap"

Ken Goe of the Oregonian newspaper:

The situation is as bad or worse in other parts of Oregon, where Charter Communications is the cable option. Charter hasn't come to terms with the Pac-12 Networks either. This story from the Medford Mail Tribune explains.
Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News calls it "unfathomably unfortunate" and "sobering" for the conference.

It's too bad, because the 2012 Civil War could be special. Both teams are nationally ranked. Oregon still has national championship possibilities if things break right. Oregon State conceivably could appear in a BCS bowl game given a victory and the right sequence of events.
I'm struck by the way none of the parties to this dispute seem particularly interested in fans who won't have an opportunity to watch the game at home.
-- Let's start with DirecTV and Charter, who are insisting on a better deal than one other cable companies and satellite providers already have accepted. That puts Pac-12 Enterprises in an impossible position with say, Comcast and Dish Network. DirecTV and Charter have willingly used fans and their passion for their teams as a bargaining chip.
-- The Pac-12 Networks could have allowed the game to be televised by, say, one or more of the local television stations as a one-shot, goodwill gesture. The Pac-12 Nets position -- that a one-time exemption would compromise the integrity of long-term agreements already struck -- is so unyieldingly draconian it almost makes me sympathize with DirecTV and Charter.
-- This was a golden opportunity lost for Oregon and/or Oregon State to facilitate viewing parties for fans without good options.
The two athletic departments stand to make fortunes from Pac-12 television rights. Some estimates say it eventually will be as much as $30 million per year. But nobody to whom I talked at either school seemed concerned about the dispossessed fans.
Taking the money while terms of the deal prevent many loyal fans from viewing the game, then ignoring the plight of those fans seems like bad business to me. Some fans will find something else to do on Saturday afternoon -- this year, and possibly in seasons to come.

John Wilner: "Unbelievably, Unfathomably Unfortunate"

Jon Wilner the "Dean" of Pac 12 Sportswriters in the San Jose Mercury News today:

Lastly, a word about the Civil War, which is on the Pac-12 Networks and thus not available in Oregon (or anywhere) on Charter or DirecTV.
And that word is unfortunate … incredibly, unbelievably, unfathomably unfortunate.
The fact that a football rivalry game — a rivalry game with conference and national championship implications, no less — won’t be available to tens of thousands of fans in its home state is most definitely not what the conference had in mind when it announced the formation of the Pac12Nets, with the intent to increase viewing access for fans.
It’s also unfortunate that fans didn’t know the game would be on the Pac12Nets until last weekend, thus leaving little time, especially on a holiday week, to switch providers (if that’s even an option).
As I’ve written numerous times, the conference cannot cave: It must hold its ground with DirecTV and Charter, which have been offered essentially the same deal as Comcast and DISH and all the other providers that have reached a carriage deal.
But this is an unfortunate situation for fans and a sobering situation for the conference.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

"Civil War" Lunch

Medford Mail Tribune picture but the Duck behind the speaker is mine!

More than 300 movers and shakers in Southern Oregon crowded into the ballroom at the Rogue Valley Country Club yesterday for the annual joint "Civil War" lunch of Ducks and Beavers. Needless to say Charter Communications did not have a lot of friends there.  One comment I overheard, " John is unable to make it because he is at home having the Dish installed at his house.

Mail Tribune":Civil War game blackout is outrageous"

The following is an Editorial from today's Medford Mail Tribune newspaper.  This is NOT from the sports page but from the Editorial page!

Civil War game blackout is outrageous

Pac-12 Network, Charter both depend on public but aren't serving its interest

November 21, 2012

A pox on both their houses.
Thanks to a dispute between a government-franchised cable television provider and an organization representing taxpayer-funded state universities, the vast majority of Rogue Valley residents will be unable to watch the annual Civil War football game between Oregon and Oregon State.
This has been an ongoing issue throughout the fall, following the launch of the Pac-12 Network, which covers games not broadcast by the major networks. It was bad enough that coverage was not available for the Oregon-Tennessee Tech game or that the maybe-to-be-played Oregon State-Nicholls State game likely won't be on air locally, but now the composite greed of Charter and the Pac-12 Network is depriving Southern Oregonians of a contest that is arguably a cultural touchstone.
The Pac-12 Network is one of the many dubious outgrowths of the explosion in popularity of college sports, and especially college football. As with collegiate athletic leagues across the country, the Pac-12 Network was formed with one idea in mind: to make money for its member institutions.
The network controls the broadcasting rights to any Pac-12 games that are not aired on major networks. If cable companies like Charter or satellite companies like DirecTV want to air those games, they've got to pay the Pac-12 piper. Currently they have no deal; each of the parties says the other is being unreasonable in its financial demands or offerings.
The Pac-12 Network notes it does have a deal with Dish TV as well as with other cable companies across the country and asks, if those companies are willing to sign up, why isn't Charter? Charter says the Pac-12 Network is squeezing cable operations with unreasonable pricing for programming that not all of its viewers are interested in.
Caught in the middle are OSU and UO fans, some of whom have been watching this game on their TV sets for a half-century or more. Oregon has top-tier professional basketball and soccer teams, but for many their sports passion is reserved for the two major college teams, especially their football teams. And there is no bigger game on those die-hard fans' schedules than the Civil War.
A Pac-12 Network official says the network doesn't "feel any shame or regret" over the network's failure to reach an agreement, but acknowledges "frustration" over the standoff. Charter seems to have an equally cavalier attitude.
That's particularly galling when you consider that the Pac-12 Network's meal ticket comes from the sports teams of publicly funded universities. There are some private schools in the PAC-12, but in Oregon the good old taxpayer is footing a big chunk of the bill for both conference schools, while at the same time being denied access to programs involving those schools.
Meanwhile, Charter operates in Jackson County through franchise agreements signed off on by local governments. It is currently negotiating with the city of Medford — perhaps our city leaders should ask Charter about its commitment to providing coverage from this state before they agree to anything. We're sure Comcast (which does have a Pac-12 agreement) or almost any other cable TV provider would be happy to fill the void if Charter got the boot.
The Pac-12 Network and Charter should feel "shame and regret" for their failure. Sports fans from Oregon and Oregon State could help them get back in touch with their feelings by registering their concerns both with their respective universities and with their program provider, whether it's Charter or DirecTV.
Truly motivated fans can deliver the strongest message by withholding financial support from the universities and the companies until the situation is resolved. That's the only message we're sure they'll understand.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mail Tribune:"Civil War Blackout"


"CIVIL WAR BLACKOUT" Sports reporter Kris Henry has a long sports news story on how the blackout is effecting family's in Southern Oregon   He tells the story of John Watt a Beaver who  hosts 35 to 40 friends every year for a party that this year will not happen because of Charter.  Jim Wright is quoted as saying "But I pity the poor people that are planning Civil War parties". He quotes  Pac-12 Enterprises President Gary Stevenson:
"We've got no indication from either Charter or DirecTV that they have any interest in making a deal with us," ....... "We've reached an agreement with over 50 distributors across the country, including four of the five biggest in the country (Comcast, Time Warner, Cox and DISH). We've had an offer in front of DirecTV and Charter from the beginning. It is, in essence, the same offer that we've offered these other companies."
 "We're frustrated for the fans and we understand the fans' frustration. The fact of the matter is we have what's already been decided is a fair market price for DirecTV and Charter and they're not listening to the fans."

 The sports new story reports that the Pac 12 Networks approaches Charter each week about carrying the Pac 12 networks but the are not interested and it will only get worse when the Pac 12 Networks have 70% of Pac 12 basketball games. Stevens is quoted as saying
  "We're ready to do a deal this moment," ...... "I'll fly down on Thanksgiving morning and sign a contract if they want to carry our networks but we're not going to accept something in the short term that's not fair to our fans and our student-athletes and our universities in the long term."

Monday, November 19, 2012

Charter: What the "Civil War" game means to Oregonians

I am afraid that Charter Communications doesn't understand the meaning to Oregonians of the annual University of Oregon vs Oregon State University football game we Oregonians call the "Civil War" game.  If they did they would not prevent most of Southern Oregon and the Oregon coast from being able to see the game on TV because they will not carry the Pac 12 Networks! In Oregon this is more than a football game this is a cultural phenomenon.  The State of Oregon has no professional football team and in Oregon you are either a Duck or a Beaver. Even if you never set foot on either campus you have had to take a side and most Oregonians have. Here is what I posted on another blog long before there was this dispute with Charter.

Here in Oregon this is Civil War Week. That is the Week that the University of Oregon Ducks play the Oregon State University Beavers in college football. Some one said this game "is for the right to live in the State of Oregon" or at least the right to live in the State of Oregon with your head held high. This is one of college footballs oldest rivalries. Here in Oregon, Ducks and Beavers can be found in most offices, families and neighborhoods. It's brother vs brother, neighbor vs neighbor and coworker vs coworker so it truly is a Civil War.

One of my favorite Civil War stories is from World War II. One of the Band of Brothers featured in the HBO mini series, Don Malarkey, is a University of Oregon alum. His studies were interrupted by World War II and he was in the paratroopers in England preparing for the D- Day landings. Eisenhower and Churchill came to view his unit before the beginning of the invasion and Ike asks Malarkey what he did before the war. He said he was a student at the University of Oregon in Eugene, and Ike asks him who won the last Oregon vs Oregon State Football game. Of course Ike played football for Army at West Point.

It is fun to walk around the tailgate parties before the game because you see Ducks and Beavers together. There is a scene in the movie Gettysburg where a confederate general tells a British Army officer who is there as an observer just before Pickett's charge that "All Virginia is here today". At each Oregon vs Oregon State Football game I like to think "all Oregon is here today."

Jon Wilner, of the San Jose Mercury news in California rates the rivalry football games in the Pac-10 (now Pac 12) and rates the "Civil War" game as the #1 rivalry game when he writes:

"1. The Civil War.

These days, Oregon-Oregon State has the best combination of passion, significance and competitiveness.

The passion takes the form of hatred — much closer to the Arizona-ASU situation than a healthy dislike.

OSU looks with jealousy at its richer, more-famous, more hip neighbor and wonders what might have been if Phil Knight had gone to OSU. The Ducks hate OSU because they’ve been told to hate OSU for decades.

The games are usually high scoring, although not always close, and the home team has dominated this decade.

Most importantly, you can’t go more than two or three Civil Wars without the stakes being high — sometimes for both teams.

Five times this decade, the Ducks have won at least eight games. The Beavers are on the verge of doing it for the fourth time.

Without question, Oregon and Oregon State have been the most successful natural rivals in the conference in recent years. And that makes the Civil War the league’s best rivalry.

For now."

I learned to hate the Beavers a long time ago in the late 1960's and early 1970's when the Beavers regularly under coach Dee Andros,( The Great Pumpkin) beat the shi* out of Oregon Duck Teams and did it with such relish.

A few years ago Dee, long retired, not too long before his death, came to a joint Duck/Beaver "Civil War" lunch in Medford and gave a passionate speech about the "Civil War" game that made me want to strap on a helmet and start playing right there. When Dee Andros walked into the banquet room he was wearing a god awful bright orange blazer and a black and orange striped tie. A local young TV sports reporter, who had probably just moved to this area, walked up to him and asked him if he was an Oregon State fan ..... it brought a smile to my face.

(Dee Andros was a veteran of World War II where he served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was awarded the Bronze Star and spent more than a month under heavy fire on Iwo Jima. He was present at the famed moment when Marines raised the American flag on Iwo Jima.)

It was Dee who said of the "Civil War" game it  "is for the right to live in the State of Oregon"

Charter Communications has done the almost impossible,  it has brought Ducks and Beaver together to both condemn Charter for their refusal to carry the Pac 12 Networks and as a result the "Civil War" game. Way to go!!!!!! Now I will be forced to leave my home and go to a bar where there will be a bunch of *%*%# Beavers to watch the game on Dish!  As soon as my contract is up Charter is gone from my home!

No "Civil War" on TV in Southern Oregon

When was the last time the “Civil War” game between the Duck & Beavers was  not shown on TV in Southern Oregon ? I can remember every year since 1994 or longer it has been on TV. I watched the 1994 game in 1994 when the Ducks beat the Beavers  to go to the Rose Bowl so it has been at  least 18 years! Not this year thanks  to Charter! (sarcasm)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

NO"Civil War" game for Southern Oregon!!!!!

In Southern Oregon, most Oregon Duck and Oregon State Beaver fans will miss the annual "Civil War" game between the two Oregon schools because the game will be on the Pac 12 Networks not carried by the major cable company in Southern Oregon. CHARTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Telephone call from Charter

 Yesterday I received a telephone call from a Charter representative, at my office,  wanting me  to change my office telephone provider to Charter.  He didn't get what he wanted!

It will be a cold day in..........

Football Games Charter Customers Will Not See this Weekend

Washington State @ Arizona State 
12:00 PM
CAL @ Oregon State 
7:30 PM

NO Oregon vs Vanderbult in Basketball on Charter

That's right, Oregon Ducks fans! If you live in Southern Oregon and want to watch South Medford High star EJ Singler play for the Ducks tonight (Friday Nov 16 at 8 pm) against Vanderbilt  you are out of luck unless you want to drive three hours both ways through an incoming storm through four mountain passes because it's only on the Pac 12 Networks not carried by Charter!!!

If you like Pac 12 Basketball this is only the beginning of the black out in Southern Oregon

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Pac 12 Networks Full Page Color AD in Mail Tribune

The Pac 12 Networks has a full page color ad in today's Medford Mail Tribune newspaper in Medford Oregon.  The headline of the ad is "Game Time Is All The Time But Charter and DirecTV Have You On the Sideline" It then advertises the Oregon vs Vanderbilt   basketball game on Friday November 16th at 8 pm. It has a picture of an Oregon basketball player that looks suspiciously like EJ Singler, South Medford High's own.... now playing for the Ducks.  It also advertises a football game between Cal and Oregon State on November 17th at 7:30 pm. Both games ONLY on the Pac 12 Networks and not available to Charter customers.

The ad ends with "Don't Miss Another Second of Oregon and Oregon St Sports" and then list some cable networks and Dish that do carry the Pac 12 Networks.


The ad ran for thee days straight!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Pac-12 Has # 1 Team in Nation & 5 in top 25!

The Oregon Ducks of the Pac 12 Conference is the Number 1 team in the nation according to the AP and USA Today Coaches polls and Charter does not carry the Pac 12 Networks! Shame on Charter!

Some of the best football is being played in the Pac 12 Conference.  There are 5, yes 5 Pac 12 teams in the top 25 according to the  A.P. as follows:

1. Oregon Ducks

14. Stanford

15. Oregon State

17. UCLA

21. USC

Charter.... your customers will have long memoirs of this miscalculation on your part.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Football Games Charter Customers will NOT see on TV this Weekend!

Saturday November 10, 2012
12:00 PM
7:30 PM

Charter is thumbing their noses at Pac 12 fans !

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Charter Communications posts 3Q loss

Charter communications  lost $87 million, or 87 cents per share, in the 3rd quarter of July to September 2012 period, compared with a loss of $85 million, or 79 cents per share, a year earlier in 2011.Charter lost 72,000 TV customers in the quarter.....

How many of those 72,000 TV customers they lost were Pac 12 Fans????

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Charter Baloney Part II

In "Charter Baloney Part I"(as posted below)  a mouthpiece for Charter basically says the Pac 12 Networks are not on Charter because it costs too much and the Pac 12 Networks wants every Charter Customer in the Pac 12 footprint (states that have Pac 12 Schools) to get the Pac 12 Networks on their basic tier level.  What he doesn't say is the following cable and satellite providers have decided to carry the Pac 12 Networks on the same terms offered to Charter! They are:


California (Southern)

California (Northern)




In addition, the Pac 12 Networks is available online through these cable/satellite providers:

Access to watch the live Pac-12 Networks streaming 24/7 over the Web & devices is through our Pac-12 Now fan experience.  Currently supported on the WebiPadiPhone, and iPod Touch, Pac-12 Now is available to customers who get a Pac-12 channel as part of their package from any of these TV Providers:
  • DISH
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Cox Communications
  • Bright House Networks
  • Bend Broadband
  • Suddenlink
  • Frontier Communications
  • CC Communcations
  • Crestview Cable Communications
  • Canby Telcom
  • Rancho Murieta
  • TCT West
  • Comcast / Xfinity: Comcast / XfinityTV customers who get a Pac-12 channel as part of their TV package can watch all 7 Pac-12 channels live online at (but not Pac-12 Now) at  ***Note that Xfinity streaming is only on the Web, not on mobile devices such as iPad and iPhone.  Please contact Comcast with any questions about when Pac-12 streaming will be supported through the Xfinity TV apps on mobile devices.
So Charter, we aren't buying your baloney!!!!

Charter Baloney Part I

The following is a "Guest Opinion" published in today's Medford Mail Tribune  authored by
Frank Antonovich , vice president and general manager of Charter-Northwest

Charter's business is providing programming customers are interested in and want to watch. So, why wouldn't we want to provide Pac-12 Network, a network aligned so closely with Pac-12 teams, to our customers in Pac-12 Conference states?
We do.
When the Pac-12 universities moved games that were available on other TV stations and sports networks in years past to its own network, it was for one reason — money. These tax-payer-supported universities are now demanding an additional "tax payment" from each TV household for a handful of games previously free on local broadcast television.
A Charter customer recently told Mail Tribune reporter Dan Jones that he would like to see Charter at least offer a pay-per-view option for Pac-12 games.
So would we.
Pac-12 Network refused our offer to provide the games On Demand or allow us to offer games only to customers who want it, as the reader suggested.
Pac-12 Network has demanded a high price and placement on Charter's Expanded Basic level of service (which includes nearly all Charter customers) at a significant cost per customer each and every month. This would make Pac-12 one of the most expensive programming services on Charter's lineup, which would surely influence the price of our service to all customers, not just Pac-12 fan customers.
We have suggested other alternatives which would allow carriage for those desiring to support these teams, while protecting those who don't have the wherewithal to do so.
ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FOX, NBC, CBS SportsNet and FX will continue to provide the majority of Pac-12 Conference televised events, including most marquee conference match-ups. So, the cost demands from Pac-12 Network do not match up with the contests they plan to provide.
We believe it's important for you to know that Charter has successfully negotiated agreements with many other sports programmers, including Big Ten Network.
The Pac-12 Network's proposed terms and conditions are much less favorable than any of those agreements. In fact, the Pac-12 tax-payer-supported universities are requesting that Charter pay higher prices for their network than what has been agreed to with other area providers serving your neighbors in nearby communities.
It's a shame to have our customers placed in the midst of this negotiation; however, that's where the Pac-12 clearly wants them.
Frank Antonovich is vice president and general manager of Charter-Northwest

(Check out the Charter Baloney Part II above. )

Friday, October 26, 2012




Roxy Ann Lanes of Medford announced that it has acquired Dish Network satellite service in order to provide the PAC-12 network to its guests. Proprietor Lela Larkin said, “There are just too many people in the Rogue Valley who can’t view the Ducks and the Beavers when they are not carried on the major networks.”
Roxy Ann also has the World Series and the NFL on Fox, which are currently not available locally on Direct TV, plus the NFL Sunday Ticket.
The debut of PAC-12 network service at Roxy Ann begins Saturday at Noon with Colorado at Oregon, and then Oregon State visiting Washington at 7:15 PM.
For More Information, Contact Lela Larkin at 772-7171

Pac-12 fans irate with Charter, DirecTV

The Medford Mail Tribune has a news story on how upset Oregon and Oregon State fans are over Charter's refusal to carry the Pac 12 Networks. One fan called Charter and the person he talked to had no idea what he was talking about. Incredible! This weekend both Oregon and Oregon State are on the Pac 12 Networks!  Charter refused to talk to the Mail Tribune! A lot of angry Charter customers in Southern Oregon.  Time for Charter to get out of Southern Oregon and let someone else take over the franchise! Oregon has no professional football team and the Ducks and the Beavers are Oregon's Teams !!!!!! We are very passionate about them.Charter Business take a hike.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Games Charter Customers will NOT See this Weekend!

Saturday, October 27
12:00 PM
3:15 PM
6:45 PM
7:15 PM
That's right Charter customers there are 4 games on the Pac 12 Networks this weekend you will not see.  The fans of 8 of the 12 Pac 12 schools will not get to see their team and Pac 12 fans in general will miss these 4 games.   This will include BOTH Oregon schools, BOTH Washington schools, Colorado, Utah and Both Northern California schools. Charter you are making lot's of "friends" on the West Coast (sarcasm)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Dish Viewing Spots in Medford, Oregon

If you live in Medford, Oregon and are stuck with Charter cable I have received reports the McDonald's on McAndrews and Lava Lanes have the Dish so you can get the Pac 12 Networks.  Call ahead to verify.   Will update as additional  viewing spots are found.  If you know of a spot send me an email or post in comments below.
If you own a buisness that has the Dish let me know and I will post it for Pac 12 fans.

Charter Customers:Football Games You Will NOT See This Weekend!

3:00 PM
7:00 PM
Charter, you can't believe the dissatisfaction with your services  you are creating! All the expensive  and slick advertising will not get it back. Dump Charter and get the DISH!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Charter Customers See What You Are Missing!

Jon Wilner in his blog for the San Jose Mercury News asked fans to post what they like and don't like about the new Pac 12 Networks.  Lots of interesting comments.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pac-12 Networks Now available for DISH customers from TV Everywhere Service

Charter Customers, a good reason to switch to the Dish! Today, the Pac 12 announced the following:

Pac-12 Now Allows Subscribers to Watch All Seven Networks from Anywhere with Internet Connection
SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Networks, the seven full-time native HD linear networks dedicated solely to the Pac-12 Conference, are now available to DISH customers on their iPads, Macs and PC’s through the Pac-12 Now TV Everywhere service, it was announced today.
Starting immediately, DISH customers who receive the Pac-12 Networks as part of their subscription can watch all seven networks by authenticating their service on the free Pac-12 Now iPad app or on the Web at In addition to viewing all seven networks, fans can switch between multiple live events and enjoy coverage not available on their regional television network.
Pac-12 Now also allows fan access to an unprecedented amount of video content produced by Pac-12 Networks and member universities, including highlights, feature stories, game recaps, and exclusive Pac-12 Now video content. Pac-12 Now also features an electronic programming guide and gives fans the ability to share what they watch with their social networks.
A linear carriage agreement between Pac-12 Networks and DISH was first announced in September, and with the availability of Pac-12 Now, DISH subscribers join millions of customers of other distributors who can log in to view Pac-12 Networks broadcast channels from anywhere as long as they have an internet connection.
DISH customers who receive the Pac-12 Networks as part of their subscription can authenticate their service by entering their DISH Online ID and Password in the Pac-12 Now app or at DISH customers without an existing DISH Online ID can create one by visiting
Pac-12 Now is the latest and most significant step in Pac-12 Networks’ commitment to building out state-of-the-art technology infrastructure to serve its high-quality content across all platforms. The service will be available on iPhones, Androids and other smartphones in the coming weeks.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Oregon vs Colorado on Pac 12 Networks

Time for Charter to get off the duff and get the Pac 12 Networks now!  It was announced today that the Oregon Duck football game against the Colorado Buffalo's set for October 27th at 12 Noon  in Eugene will be broadcast live on the Pac 12 Networks. Charter customers will not get it unless they come to an agreement ASAP.

On Friday, social media was abuzz after it was announced that DirecTV had received 80,000 emails about coming to terms with Pac-12 Networks.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What Charter Customers Will NOT see this Weekend!

It's Saturday night and your a Pac 12 football fan and you want to see a Pac 12 game to end your day of college football.  Well, if you are a Charter customer you are out of luck!

The Cal Bears will be playing the Washington State Cougars in Pullman at 7:30  PM PDT and you will not get it thanks to your cable provider Charter!

There will be NO other Pac 12 games shown anywhere else on TV to end your Saturday of college football

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pac 12 Fans........GET the DISH

For those Charter customers thinking on switching to the Dish to get the Pac 12 Networks the Dish has a nice program where you get free previews of some of their channels on higher tiers.  According to their website:

If you’ve been contemplating upgrading your existing DISH package, October is a great time to see what channels are available that you may not know about. Every month, DISH gives you free previews of DISH channels so you can explore all your programming options. This offer is a great way to enjoy some DISH channels new to you, and then you can decide whether or not to add these to an existing package and upgrade to one of DISH’s affordable packages bringing you a large variety of drama, comedy, reality TV, sports, news, music, movies and so much more!
Free DISH ChannelsHere is a list of the free DISH channels you can watch in October:
  • Pac-12 Networks channel 413 through October 9
  • DIY Network HD channel 111 through October 9
  • Current TV channel 215 through October 9
  • OWN HD channel 189 through October 9
  • TheBlaze channel 212 through October 9
  • GSN channel 116 through October 9

Read more:

If you live in the footprint of the Pac 12 and have the Dish  you will get the Pac 12 Networks on a lower tier.  That is, at this time, the big "hang up" for Charter! They don't want to put it on a lower tier in the Pac 12 states and the Pac 12 Network is insisting upon it.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pac-12 Network asking about 90 cents ?

I have heard from several sources that the Pac 12 Networks is asking about 90 cents per subscriber per month in the Pac 12 Networks footprint from Charter  Click on the link for more information

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hey Charter, Pac- 12 has 6 Teams in AP Top 25! UPDATED

That's right Charter, the Pac 12 has 6 football teams in the AP top 25 and you don't have the Pac 12 Networks! What's wrong with you. They are:

2. Oregon Ducks

13. USC 

14.  Oregon State 

18. Stanford 

23. Washington  

25. UCLA

Charter you might as well sell your franchises on the West coast... we have your number. 


A friend just pointed out to me that  of the 6,  four  are in Charter areas:  Oregon, OSU, USC, UCLA . Yes, Charter, your are making lots of "friends" (sarcasm)


Friday, September 28, 2012

Wilner: Charter "following DTV's lead."

John Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News has an update to his blog that confirms nothing is going to happen anytime soon with DirectTV and he has this paragraph of interest to Charter customers:

Scott (Pac 12 Commissioner) added Thursday night that the lack of progress with DTV doesn’t preclude carriage deals with U-verse, FiOS and Charter. ”We have individual conversations,” he explained.
But I get the distinct sense that Charter, at the very least, is following DTV’s lead.

The long twilight war with Charter

It looks like Charter and the Pac 12 Networks have settled into a long twilight war over a carriage agreement.  It seems to me Charter believes it can wait as long as DirecTV doesn't have a deal. I don't expect anything  will be happening for some time.  DirectTV and Charter will try to "bribe" folks who want to end their service with "free" perks such as  HBO or NFL Ticket etc. It took at least a year for the Big 10 Networks to get some carriage deals so it may be the same with the Pac 12.  I personally believe the Pac 12 Networks should hold the line on the requirement the Pac 12 Networks be put on a lower tiers in the Pac 12 Footprint states.

For me, I will be getting the Dish as soon as my Charter Bundle contract ends and they try and raise prices on me. No, I will not be "bribed" with freebies.

Charter Customers....Games you will not see this weekend!

UCLA at Colorado, 3 PM PT/6 PM ET, Pac-12 Networks

Oregon State at Arizona, 7 PM PT/10 PM ET, Pac-12 Networks

Bruins, Buffalos, Beavers and Wildcats...... time to contact Charter!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Support Your Local Schools....... Move to Dish!

Since the beginning of this blog one of  the most productive sites for information has been Jon Wilner's Blog over at the San Jose Mercury News.

Since San Jose is in the San Francisco Bay Area Wilner has cultivated sources within the Pac 12 Networks in San Francisco and the Pac 12 in nearby Walnut Grove. The "comments" section of his blog has been a gather place for those those interested in the carriage agreements between the Pac 12 Networks and the cable/satellite industry.

Here is an exchange of interest to Pac 12 Fans in Southern Oregon including Grants Pass and Medford that both have Charter.

Duckfan97526 says:

...........As a duck fan in Grants Pass, our choices are DTV, Charter, or DISH. That isn’t much of an option. I fault both the PAC-12 and DTV for this.
Jim Jones says: September 23rd, 2012 at 9:35 am in response:
Well if those are your 3 choices in Grants Pass you better go with /dish(cannot believe I am saying this I hate Dish) as neither DTV or Charter will have it for a long time. If you want PaC 12 networks do what you have to do if NFL is moe important then stay with DTV. At least you have choices. The two latest offers by DTV are PPV for short term so negotiations can continue. As far apart as they are this owuld never work. Second a 14.95 Stand alonewhichno other sport channel has been stuck with which would then force renegotiaitons with Dish, comcast, TW,Cox and Bright House and owuld not reach a very large market. also there is no room for price reducitons as that would require reducing price for all carriers who have signed which is not going to happen. the market price has been set either take it or leave it.
Based upon my research for  this blog,Jim Jones seems to know what is going on with the Pac 12 Networks and has very good "sources".

On another point, based upon my research it appears the big sticking point between Charter and DircTV is the Pac 12 holding firm on the requirement that cable and satellite systems MUST carry the Pac 12 Networks on a basic tier in the Pac 12 footprint (States where Pac 12 schools are located) and may put them on an upper tier outside the footprint.  Charter and DirecTV don't want to have to pay for everyone of their subscribers within the footprint even though  many others including Dish have agreed to it.  The Pac 12 schools want everyone to receive it in the Pac 12 states because they are the home schools and want to cultivate their fan base for all sports and not just football and basketball.  The Pac 12 is very firm on this point and it is a matter of principal with them and they will not give in. With the exception of Sanford and USC, all the schools of the Pac 12 are state supported institutions that get some or all of their support from the taxpayers of their state.

Thus, if you live in Southern Oregon the move to Dish has begun. Support your local schools!

Charter Business

Just got a letter from "Charter Business" asking that I switch my office  Internet and telephone over to Charter!

Hummmmm...... this is is a real hard decision !

Start calling Charter !

October 6 Games you will NOT get if you have Charter cable!

Washington State at Oregon State, 3:00 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks
UCLA at California, 7:00 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks
Looks like Charter is alienating fans in THREE states.

Well, at least the folks working for Charter on their Fasebook page will earn their pay and then some.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

USC vs Cal and No Charter

All Summer long all the so called experts were writing that Charter would have to come to a deal with the Pac 12 Networks by September 22, the day USC pays Cal in football on the Pac 12 Networks.  The thinking was Charter could not ignore the large base of USC fans who are Charter customer in Southern California. Charter could ignore the Oregon fans in Southern OREGON because of the relative small population base but NOT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA!  Well, welcome to the club!  Today is September 22nd and NO DEAL.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Pac 12 Networks Fans Spoof DirecTV Ads

Pac-12 Networks: DirecTV’s latest offer is “disingenuous” and here’s why

Check out Jon Wilner's latest post at the San Jose Mercury News.  It sounds like "war" has broken out between the Pac 12 Networks and DirecTV and it is alleged  DirecTV  is "disingenuous" which a $5.00 word for liar! BTW the comment section is often as good as the main post so check back often.