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What's the Use of the Tennis Channel?

guy in sf
10-05-2007, 02:08 AM
You would think that with the name "The Tennis Channel" they would be covering live tennis of all the tournaments all the time but instead we get stupid reruns of player interviews and profiles, all these oldies tournaments, team tennis and occasional squash and racquetball coverage....that's pretty much the bulk of the tennis channel, it's very pathetic and not even worth subscribing to it. We should all be watching every round of Metz, AIG and current women's tournaments right now. Sure they have stepped up on their grandslam coverage but that's only 4 times year, they should be able to bring us current tournaments every day of the week, if not, don't bother calling yourself the Tennis Channel. Is anyone else disappointed in their coverage of tennis?

GlennMirnyi
10-05-2007, 02:19 AM
About WTA, if it's the tennis channel, then it's right not showing their tournaments.

Yappa
10-05-2007, 02:27 AM
Actually, they have live coverage for the Semis and the Final of Tokyo.

Deboogle!.
10-05-2007, 02:31 AM
it's called money. TTC is still relatively new new, and for whatever reasons it has had difficulty getting deals with cable companies and sponsors. it doesn't have the money to broadcast everything live. I love the tennis channel and can't imagine not having it. Hopefully they will continue to grow and continue to be able to purchase rights to these tourneys.

Federerhingis
10-05-2007, 04:49 AM
I do enjoy having the tennis channel I must say. However, all the reruns ad nausea is pretty pathetic. I mean how many times did they keep showing the same Fed Cup matches? They played all the matches again the entire week a week after the Fed Cup semis were over. I mean yeah it's nice to catch some tournies and matches you weren't able to catch when they were first aired, but after the third time it gets boring and old really.

This is my biggest complaint too much reruns, and it would be a lot nicer if they at least aired matches of most tournies they broadcast from the quarters and on. Sometimes the most exciting matches happen early on in the tournies. ;)

Federerhingis
10-05-2007, 04:54 AM
You would think that with the name "The Tennis Channel" they would be covering live tennis of all the tournaments all the time but instead we get stupid reruns of player interviews and profiles, all these oldies tournaments, team tennis and occasional squash and racquetball coverage....that's pretty much the bulk of the tennis channel, it's very pathetic and not even worth subscribing to it. We should all be watching every round of Metz, AIG and current women's tournaments right now. Sure they have stepped up on their grandslam coverage but that's only 4 times year, they should be able to bring us current tournaments every day of the week, if not, don't bother calling yourself the Tennis Channel. Is anyone else disappointed in their coverage of tennis?

I agree with most of your complaints. However, I totally love their oldies and documentaries. I would have never been able to get a glimpse of the past champions had I not watched these documentaries on the tennis channel. I loved the Borg Saga, The Agassi story was great as well. I love the no strings special on the players daily routines and what not. I mean watching footage of Tilden, Budge, Sedgeman, Hoad, Rosewall and alikes was awesome, their classic techniques are just that classic and breathtaking.

lunahielo
10-05-2007, 05:17 AM
I really like it~~although I get tired of all of the reruns, etc. but they are getting better and show lots of live matches ESPN, NBC or USA (here) don't carry...
They will carry the Sampras-Federer expos.

And they are getting better!

trixtah
10-05-2007, 06:51 AM
Actually, they have live coverage for the Semis and the Final of Tokyo.

Yup, which I will be watching tomorrow and Saturday night. They have live early rounds for RG as well as a few other tournaments. It's not that bad actually if you don't watch all the other crap that's on. Sometimes they show classics etc etc.

mdjenders
10-05-2007, 06:59 AM
They need to get rid of that Murphy douchebag and all those other stupid original shows and concentrate on live tennis and classic matches in the downtime. Masters Series coverage on TTC is fabulous, but the rest of the time the channel is pretty lame.

guy in sf
10-05-2007, 08:43 AM
The reason they have so many reruns is because they don't have enough original progams that they produce and there's a lack of live tennis coverage. If they beef both of those things up, they can fill their schedule with more substantial programming and less reruns. I'm not complaining of what they have right now, I just think they should add more stuff and show more live tennis so they don't rely on reruns all the time. They should have one purely instructional show that has a roster of top instructors rotating, a fitness show that's taylored for tennis player, show more classic matches from legends, produce more documentaries and original programming like when Tennis magazine had their 40 greatest, the Tennis channel should have done a special on that, expand on player profiles and iinterviews so we don't have to see the Max Myrni piece or John Mcenroe interview 642 times. if Money is really the issue, then how come they were able to negotiate on the slams, you would think getting the little tournaments would be easier.

tennis2tennis
10-05-2007, 10:39 AM
agree with the sentiments here..its a relatively new channel compared with bbc, espn. fox sports, eurosport...etc

WF4EVER
10-05-2007, 12:28 PM
I agree, guy in sf, it's very disappointing. I am tired of the reruns, tired of watching the same match multiple times a day for days in a row.

I don't mind the other shows outside of live tennis but I think live tennis should be dominating their programming.

There were several tournaments played last week and the week before but I only saw one televised, unless I missed another. This week it's reruns of the same thing; some of the other tournaments are completely ignored.

Please. IMO, showing SF and Finals alone of any tournament on a Tennis Channel is ridiculous.

Don't even talk about Fed Cup and Davis Cup. Yeah, it's great to see the matches that led to the current matches but all day everyday? Personally I wouldn't pay for it if I had to. I'm just not impressed at all.

It was nice when I started watching first but it's become monotonous, now. ESPN, during their coverage of any tournament, especially Slams, rarely show the tv unknowns and it's pretty much the same on TTC. By the time you get to the Sf or F of a tournament it's most likely to be someone you know fairly well and if it's not, it's a rarity.

It seems we get more live tennis online these days.

Bilbo
10-05-2007, 12:29 PM
You would think that with the name "The Tennis Channel" they would be covering live tennis of all the tournaments all the time but instead we get stupid reruns of player interviews and profiles, all these oldies tournaments, team tennis and occasional squash and racquetball coverage....that's pretty much the bulk of the tennis channel, it's very pathetic and not even worth subscribing to it. We should all be watching every round of Metz, AIG and current women's tournaments right now. Sure they have stepped up on their grandslam coverage but that's only 4 times year, they should be able to bring us current tournaments every day of the week, if not, don't bother calling yourself the Tennis Channel. Is anyone else disappointed in their coverage of tennis?

let me guess. they only show american players and tournaments.

avocadoe
10-05-2007, 12:44 PM
it is better than not having it by far...i enjoy it, but it far from what it could be, and I hope will be. The lead up to the French Open was superb. I like the fun bag checks...I do wish they'd get some newer interviews. I'm always to catch a bit of old matches. I like the highlight from tennis tournament, too

trixtah
10-05-2007, 02:38 PM
let me guess. they only show american players and tournaments.

well when they show early rounds, it's everyone. I loved the lead up to the french with all the classic matches and yeah, the bag checks are interesting. Better than not having the channel I suppose. Really, just look at their lineup--it's not that bad

http://www.thetennischannel.com/game/tournament_schedule.aspx#10

patrickc
10-05-2007, 04:11 PM
their coverage is good during the tournaments that they show, but the rest of the time the channel is horrible (repeats of bad shows and interviews, murphy's guide, bag check etc.)

trixtah
10-05-2007, 04:12 PM
their coverage is good during the tournaments that they show, but the rest of the time the channel is horrible (repeats of bad shows and interviews, murphy's guide, bag check etc.)

"RUssian girls are my faaaaavorite" I'm surprised someone hasn't clocked Murphy in the face yet

guy in sf
10-05-2007, 06:10 PM
As a channel, they can't bank on just showing early rounds of the slams, because as of now they only have contract with Australian and French. If they are going to stay alive and want to grow with increasing viewership, they need to focus on owing rights to showing all the Master series and other tournaments through out the entire year. The tennis calendar is all year round with at least 2 tournaments for men and women every single week and they should take advantage of that. That should be their focus and their bread and butter. All the other shows they produce are fine to me, no complaints, it's just that they don't cover enough tennis that it forces them to repeat these shows over and over again and that's where the problem lies.

Deboogle!.
10-05-2007, 06:33 PM
let me guess. they only show american players and tournaments.Actually not at all. They show whoever's playing.

"RUssian girls are my faaaaavorite" I'm surprised someone hasn't clocked Murphy in the face yetI like Murphy :shrug:

As a channel, they can't bank on just showing early rounds of the slams, because as of now they only have contract with Australian and French. If they are going to stay alive and want to grow with increasing viewership, they need to focus on owing rights to showing all the Master series and other tournaments through out the entire year. The tennis calendar is all year round with at least 2 tournaments for men and women every single week and they should take advantage of that. That should be their focus and their bread and butter. All the other shows they produce are fine to me, no complaints, it's just that they don't cover enough tennis that it forces them to repeat these shows over and over again and that's where the problem lies.Sure, if and when they have the money, I'm sure their goal is to show every tourney they can, and live. They do show all the masters events - even the ones in the US they show like 12 hours a day of live coverage before ESPN picks them up.

I understand the complaints, but the reality is that they are doing the best they can with their current resources. Perhaps a better avenue for the complaints would be that sponsors aren't jumping up and that cable companies aren't looking to sign - now they are finally with Comcast and DirecTV, and you can tell that it has helped. it's all about money. We can demand and hope that they show more live tennis all we want, but if they can't AFFORD the rights, it's an absolutely moot discussion. It's not like ESPN who doesn't show tennis because it doesn't like tennis. they obviously want to show as much as they can - they have big-name investors like Pete and others, the channel is 100% focused on tennis. they just cannot afford it right now.

petesampras_1
10-06-2007, 03:12 AM
TTC is not so good maybe,but The November Tennis Channel line-up will include live showings of the three meetings in the Asian exhibition tour featuring current world No. 1 Roger Federer against former No. 1 Pete Sampras.

According to the Tennis Channel schedule, the meeting in Seoul, Korea between the Swiss and the American is up first, shown Nov. 19 at 4 a.m. live (EST). Up next is the Nov. 22 match in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at 7 a.m. live; then the Nov. 23 meeting in Macao, China, at 1 a.m. live.

I hope anyone will record it and share who have the tennis channel.

Fee
10-06-2007, 04:16 AM
The Tennis Channel doesn't go to every tournament for the same exact reason* that members of this forum don't go to every tournament. Why is that so hard to understand?





(*money)

Deboogle!.
10-06-2007, 04:19 AM
The Tennis Channel doesn't go to every tournament for the same exact reason* that members of this forum don't go to every tournament. Why is that so hard to understand?





(*money)when you figure it out pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease share it with me!

Fee
10-06-2007, 04:30 AM
I was hoping you knew. :sad: :confused:

Deboogle!.
10-06-2007, 04:33 AM
I wish I did, but alas, i cannot understand it either :sad: :confused:

trixtah
10-06-2007, 04:49 AM
Deboogle, actually, I kind of like Murphy too. Hahaha

Deboogle!.
10-06-2007, 05:16 AM
For sure, I wouldn't want to listen to him commentate a match. :lol: And I don't watch reruns upon reruns of Open Access. But he's funny. I saw his Murphy's Guide to Vienna the other day, and I was just there in August, and it was so funny and entertaining to see his take on all the places I went. And I like Open Access and Open Access Un-Cut - gives a different side to the players, and I think he's funny. I can totally see how people could find him annoying and I wouldn't want to watch him in big doses, but he's fun.

I just think, if we're gonna bitch about some of their staff, let's talk about the really bad ones like Barry McKay and oh god that awful women's commentator they have a lot, and Mieke Buchkan :bolt:

LaTenista
10-06-2007, 06:10 AM
I agree completely Deb.

trixtah
10-06-2007, 07:03 AM
holy FUCK that was a long women's match. Finally time for the match to start...

ryan23
10-06-2007, 12:06 PM
You would think that with the name "The Tennis Channel" they would be covering live tennis of all the tournaments all the time but instead we get stupid reruns of player interviews and profiles, all these oldies tournaments, team tennis and occasional squash and racquetball coverage....that's pretty much the bulk of the tennis channel, it's very pathetic and not even worth subscribing to it. We should all be watching every round of Metz, AIG and current women's tournaments right now. Sure they have stepped up on their grandslam coverage but that's only 4 times year, they should be able to bring us current tournaments every day of the week, if not, don't bother calling yourself the Tennis Channel. Is anyone else disappointed in their coverage of tennis?



ive never watched it as i cant get it here in the uk,all our tennis comes on either sky sports,eurosport,bbc

but by what you say about the tennis channel then thats a disgrace,they obviously cant be fu**ed to pay for live events,dont pay for that rubbish m8,email them and tell em they are s**t



p.s sorry to sound angry but i hate these rip of t.v channels!

nobama
10-06-2007, 02:43 PM
The Tennis Channel doesn't go to every tournament for the same exact reason* that members of this forum don't go to every tournament. Why is that so hard to understand?





(*money)Hopefully now that TTC is getting more slam coverage they'll be taken more seriously and more cable providers will add them to the lineup. I didn't realise the channel has only been around since 2003...unlike the golf channel which started up 13 years earlier.

Federerhingis
10-10-2007, 04:18 AM
The reason they have so many reruns is because they don't have enough original progams that they produce and there's a lack of live tennis coverage. If they beef both of those things up, they can fill their schedule with more substantial programming and less reruns. I'm not complaining of what they have right now, I just think they should add more stuff and show more live tennis so they don't rely on reruns all the time. They should have one purely instructional show that has a roster of top instructors rotating, a fitness show that's taylored for tennis player, show more classic matches from legends, produce more documentaries and original programming like when Tennis magazine had their 40 greatest, the Tennis channel should have done a special on that, expand on player profiles and iinterviews so we don't have to see the Max Myrni piece or John Mcenroe interview 642 times. if Money is really the issue, then how come they were able to negotiate on the slams, you would think getting the little tournaments would be easier.


:tape: :haha: :lol: :lol:

I know it's getting pitiful, the "lets go fis hing" line on the commercial of No Strings "Max Mirny" edition is getting a bit irritating while it was cute initially especially with his adorable daughter on the footage.

I am looking forward to the Fededer-Sampras exhos nevertheless. They should feature Laver, did they ever feature a documentary on him? I don't think so, at least I never saw it under their documentary bolt, they do have a Pancho Segura oldie which was kinda of disturbing probably because of the bad quality of the old video footage. :tape:

trixtah
10-10-2007, 05:11 AM
oh come on, you don't have to watch all those crappy shows--if you've got TTC, you probably have 200+ channels as well. Another use? I'll be watching Madrid :)

Deboogle!.
10-10-2007, 06:43 AM
oh come on, you don't have to watch all those crappy shows--if you've got TTC, you probably have 200+ channels as well. Another use? I'll be watching Madrid :)Exactly, I mean. TTC is not meant to be a channel to leave on all the time. It's a specialty channel. you turn it on when there's something you want to watch. For example I think it's cool that they show other racquet sports - squash, beach tennis, paddle tennis, table tennis, etc. - even though it's not stuff I enjoy watching. So I just don't turn it on when there's not stuff I want to see. A lot of other networks are the same too. I watch the Food Network a lot as background noise and they repeat crap all the time, I love a lot of shows on Bravo, same thing about repeating. It's not like it's just TTC - they are maybe a little worse, but they also have less money so hopefully they can keep growing and show fewer repeats :)