Marquee is Now Available Nationwide on DIRECTV, Minus the Live Games

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Marquee is Now Available Nationwide on DIRECTV, Minus the Live Games

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I’d been wondering when we would see the Chicago Cubs and Marquee land this kind of deal – some of the other major RSNs have them – and now, here it is: if you have DIRECTV anywhere in the country, you can watch Marquee now. The details are below in the full release from Marquee.

There is a major, major caveat, which is thanks to MLB’s broadcast restrictions: the live games are available only in the Cubs’ market (or on or national broadcasts). So you can watch all the other Marquee programming in, say, Florida, but you can’t watch the games live on Marquee. You would have to get or Extra Innings for that. (Someday, MLB will try to kill all the blackouts, but it’s a ways off still.)

The full release:

Marquee Sports Network and DIRECTV today announced an agreement to carry the network on the satellite provider nationwide. DIRECTV, which already carries Marquee Sports Network on channel 664 within the Cubs television territory, will now offer Marquee to consumers across the country, carrying all programming except for live regular season Cubs and Sky games, as well as select local sports programming.

“We are thrilled to now offer Marquee Sports Network to DIRECTV and its customers across the country, giving Cubs fans access to all of our unique programming and studio content,” said Marquee Sports Network General Manager Mike McCarthy. “Our goal has always been to deliver Cubs content, as well as all of our programming, to fans nationwide and we’re thankful for this expanded carriage agreement with DIRECTV.”

“The addition of Marquee to DIRECTV’s Sports Tier further cements our leadership position in regional sports networks across all pay TV providers,” said Rob Thun, Chief Content Officer, DIRECTV. “It also gives passionate, displaced Cubs fans nationwide access to popular team content not available elsewhere.”

Beginning today, Cubs fans nationwide will have access to exclusive Marquee programming through DIRECTV, including the following shows and much more:

•     Studio coverage throughout the season, including Cubs Live! and Cubs Postgame Live!

•     The Reporters — Sunday morning sports-discussion show featuring Chicago media members

•     Icons of the Ivy — Interviews and roundtable discussions with the greatest players in Cubs history

•     Cubs Classics — Full replays of historic Cubs games

•     Cubs Countdown — Lists of the best games, players and moments in Cubs history

•     Marquee Sports Network documentaries, including features on Ernie Banks (More than Mr. Cub: The Life of Ernie Banks), Harry Caray (The Mayor of Rush Street), Ferguson Jenkins (Glory and Grief: The Ferguson Jenkins Story) and Billy Williams (Billy Williams: The Sweet Swinger)

•     Original interview shows, including Class is in Session with Doug Glanville, Off the Mound with Ryan Dempster and Chris & Tell hosted by Chris Myers

•     Daily and weekly  programming including Follow the Money, The Lombardi Line, Live on the Line and Rush Hour

Marquee Sports Network earned three Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy Awards in 2021, including for outstanding achievement in a sports documentary (Mayor of Rush Street) and outstanding achievement in a sports interview/discussion (Class is in Session).

DIRECTV will continue to carry live Cubs games on Marquee Sports Network on Channel 664 to those authorized subscribers living within the Chicago Cubs television territory. Per MLB policy, DIRECTV’s subscribers outside of the Cubs designated television territory must subscribe to the out-of-market  package, MLB Extra Innings, to watch live Cubs games.

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Author: Brett Taylor

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