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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 2006, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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The Tennis Channel-Completely Overated

I was dying to get The Tennis Channel for more than three years and i finally got it this spring. Little did I know that it was going to be a huge dissapointment. The channel has infomercials all night long and during the day they show the same shows over and over again. Each program is shown at least ten times a week only to be repeated week after week. Its a complete joke. I thought more classic matches would be shown from old grand slams, classic matches, but nothing. The only good thing is the coverage for tournaments, but those are far and between, and the commentary is awful. I would much rather the channel get cancel and had back tournament rights to espn and fox sports.

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hmm made me re-think about getting it. what do the rest of you think about it?

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I've had TTC since day one and yes it's a bit overrated because all they do is show the same boring programs during the day and at night.. after midnight the informercial starts. HOWEVER, TTC have the best coverage when it comes to LIVE tennis. I've watched the ATP masters series from the 1st round to the final and they start from the 1st match to the last match. It's just awsome when it comes to showing the masters series.

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My cable company has tried to get it and can't. You're making me feel better about that.
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I'm glad someone else finally had the courage to bring up this subject.

In my opinion, The Tennis Channel won't find widespread legitimacy until they begin competing for live or "near live" coverage of the Grand Slam tournaments, and the Tier I and II events.
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I still want it . But this makes me feel a little better about the fact that my cable company doesn't carry it.

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It's overrated when they don't have rights to a tournament.

But during an atp event, the coverage is outstanding. They have coverage of every match and replay them so often that if you didn't catch it at 8 AM you'll catch it at 8 PM. I enjoyed Rome and Monte Carlo for this very reason.

I hated they only got the rights to the women's events from the quarterfinals or semifinals on but these are events that I've NEVER seen on US TV so I really shouldn't complain.

They only show tennis 30% of the time. Frankly, who cares about the USTA jr event final or classic fed cup or davis cup action. Show more relevant tennis.

I *do* like the original series like 'no strings', 'center court', etc. but they repeat the same ones and I never know when something new premieres.

They need to work on balancing their schedule.

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they cover the men's master series from the first round extremely well. however they cover a select few women's tier ones from the quarters on and not the first round. for what its worth just download the videos of matches people post in the video thread instead of being aggrevated that you dont have the tennis channel. it blows.

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agreed its really overrated...I had it for fall and then dont have it..they dont show much of womens tennis anyways...And once they have a tourney they keep on repeating same coverage

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I also wanted it for a long time and would often ask my cable service about its availibilty,I have it now and I agree its not as good as I thought it would be,mostly good for showing Tennis tournaments you won't see elsewhere,bottom line is I would rather have it than not.They could do so much more with it like actually in real time go to the Slams and show some behind the scenes things,and like a poster said,more Classic matches,and how about up to date scores on in progress matches.
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I love all the programs that show players in off-court situations, like the one that Murphy Jensen hosts and the off-court documentaries like the ones on Dulko and Moya, etc.

But I also don't understand why they don't show more classic matches, like Graf-Sabatini, Navratilova-Evert, etc. Are the rights too expensive or what?

Still, all in all, I love it, and I'm sure it will get better and better with time.

...Oh, one gripe: the guy who does that Centre Court interview show should be replaced ASAP; he clearly knows NOTHING about tennis.
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I definitely agree. I'm not a big fan of men's tennis so the outstanding coverage of the masters series events wasn't really a big plus for me, and like other people have said it's more worth it to download matches off of here than get the tennis channel. I was, however, quite pleased that Comcast gave me the channel for free for a while so I could see what I was missing. As it turned out, I wasn't missing that much.

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Wow. I had forgotten about the Tennis Channel. I remember bugging the heck out of my cable company about getting it. Of course, it is still not available. I'm sorry to hear that it's not as good as it could be, but am encouraged that it does show matches that I wouldn't otherwise be able to see. Hopefully when it does make it to my part of the universe, it will be included in my regular cable package.

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Yep Tennis Channel is only really good for mens tennis.. All the Master Series events are completely covered each round. The selected womens tournaments (mainly European events) only show the semis and finals. Usually they have a super Saturday of all day coverage for the womens Nasdaq and Indian Wells. Fed Cup and Davis Cup are usually shown all the matches too.

So those are the pluses of getting it.

Down falls too many replays, dumb shows, not enough classic matches.
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