DirecTV, We Love You

Before moving to our current apartment, Mrs. SF and I were reasonably happy customers of Time-Warner NYC.  When Soxbaby arrived, we had to go mobile — upon arrival at our new pad we found that the building was serviced exclusively by DirecTV, an anomaly in Manhattan.  It is, for the most part, a pain.  Time Warner offers what we have come to believe is a better, more user friendly DVR, no outages during snow and rainstorms, and most of the major sports’ leagues packages (minus the NFL).  But what they don’t offer, and what, for the month of March seems like an extremely early holiday bonus, is NESN.  NESN!

So despite being trapped (by choice, of course) in enemy territory and thanks to our idiosyncratic rental building I am able to tune in on a cold Saturday afternoon in West Chelsea and watch our team get in shape.  Today it’s mostly guys wearing triple digits on their spring training outfits battling it out against the Pirates.  It may not be official on the calendar, but it sure feels like Spring is here. 

9 comments… add one
  • What are you doing, Francona?!?! PULL GINTER!!!
    Kidding. Just getting myself ready for the regular season too.

    SF March 4, 2006, 2:40 pm
  • Soxbaby’s growing up in Manhattan, and you think he’s going to be a Sox fan? Poor dad, I’m imagining the sad day you discover Yankee paraphernalia in his room.

    NickYF March 4, 2006, 2:44 pm
  • Got it covered. He can already identify the Green Monster and the Red Sox cap.

    SF March 4, 2006, 5:39 pm
  • yeah, just pay some kid in an art college to comme in a paint a small mural of the park for him on the wall!
    Also, and in agreement, NESN is one of the best channels on TV. Living in New Haven, I just recently got it a couple years ago, and I don’t know what I would do without it. They have excellent ST coverage, and even better coverage during the season. They also run Portland and Pawtucket games on the regular when the Sox are off. This enables me to see some of the younger guys actually in action on a regular basis, which is nice.

    Brad March 4, 2006, 10:46 pm
  • DirecTV vs Slime Warner
    no contest
    I had the same thing happen to me a few years back when I moved to Brooklyn. I couldn’t be more happy. The picture is better and there has only been one outage due to snow/rain and it lasted for 15 mins.
    On the DVR, there are still Tivo boxes that are available for DirecTV. If you can find one, it’s far superior to any DVR issued by TW or DirecTV.

    lp March 6, 2006, 10:31 am
  • For all sox fans who are outa state, have Directv, and have HD, please call Directv and ask them to add NESN HD to the HD package. Not only are they HD transmitting all Sox (and Bruins) games, but also are transmitting every studio program! Doesn’t everyone want to see Hazel Mae in HD?

    LewahSF March 6, 2006, 2:49 pm
  • So if I get DirectTV in London (I may be moving there), will I get Yankee games?

    john March 6, 2006, 8:06 pm
  • I don’t think you can get DirecTV in London – not sure the satellite signal is available, but beyond that you need a US postal address to get an account. In addition the satellite box makes a phone call each night to download program information, so access would be restricted due to the international locale, if not completely cost prohibitive. You may be relying on Sky Sports 3’s Game of the Week, unfortunately.

    SF March 6, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • John–My grandparents live in Wales and I haven’t been over there for awhile, but when my mom went last summer, she said that she could get NESN on their TV. I would presume you could get YES also. Southern Wales is pretty far from London, but hey, it’s the same continent. And I’ll be incredibly jealous if you do get to live in London.

    Laura March 6, 2006, 9:42 pm

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