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2006-08-31 02:21:20 PM
Who are the ad wizards who came up with this one?
 
2006-08-31 02:25:26 PM
Well if the screen is too small to see the ball actually hit the receiver in the hands before he drops it, it might actually make it easier to watch the Detroit Lions play.
 
2006-08-31 02:33:22 PM
I think the service is only for college football games but I might be wrong. Seriously though, how much longer is ESPN going to let this phone service totally screw with their bottom line??
 
2006-08-31 02:54:08 PM
I love sports but watching it on my cell phone is the last thing I want to do.
 
2006-08-31 03:01:58 PM
Actually, all we need is a simple video out or some kind of attachment that uses the charger port. We could watch it on whatever the hell we wanted to. Plus, we wouldn't have to put with with DirectTVs subscription nonsense about needing a regular programming package.
 
2006-08-31 03:02:00 PM
Navin Johnson's gonna lose his entire fortune over that idea.
 
2006-08-31 03:13:08 PM
i tried to read the ESPN mobile website to figure out the actual bottom line cost, and the best i can figure is that you get charged per kb.. and that internet access is extra?

i remember a farker saying that for him to get the service they offered in the commercials, he would have to pay near 200bucks a month?

can anyone make sense of their pricing scheme? not that i want ti.. i just want to laugh at it.
 
2006-08-31 04:27:42 PM
ESPN really needs to let this thing die.
 
2006-08-31 04:30:05 PM
Cool, but not $25/month cool. I read somewhere that to actually get all the features they advertise, you'd end up spending $300/month.
 
2006-08-31 05:54:35 PM
togamoos
I read somewhere that to actually get all the features they advertise, you'd end up spending $300/month.

Hmm... Sounds a tad more expensive than actually going to the game each week. The streets will flow with the dribble of the idiots who actually purchase this miracle service.
 
2006-08-31 05:55:54 PM
$65 a month for EV-DO ESPN?

I wouldn't pay $65 for 5 years of it.

Crackheads.
 
2006-08-31 05:57:00 PM
Last time I wanted to buy a cell phone, I looked for hours trying to find a model with no camera/ e-mail/ wet towels.

All I want in life is to make a call and send a goddamn SMS. If I want to play games, I use a PC. If I want to record video, I'll buy a funking video recorder. If I want to watch sports, I've got this cool big-screen thingy that the wise men call a TV.

Get with the program, dickwickets.
 
2006-08-31 05:57:22 PM
surfing the web...one pixel at a time
 
2006-08-31 06:02:26 PM
some moron will buy in to it... someone always does
 
2006-08-31 06:05:56 PM
palisade_hacker: All I want in life is to make a call

Amen to that.
 
2006-08-31 06:06:21 PM
Dammit, when I want to watch a bunch of glandular cases in tights walking around for hours, running for a few seconds and then grabbing each other's asses, I'd like it to be on the biggest possible screen!
 
2006-08-31 06:10:37 PM
FTFA: The Total Sports Package costs $25 a month in addition to the subscriber's choice of plans that start at $40.

I'm really happy for anyone who is so passionate about sports that they pay $65+ a month for this kind of access.

It's good to be passionate about something. It's healthy.

I just ask that when we all start colonizing other planets, I don't have to live on the same planet as these people.
 
2006-08-31 06:14:02 PM
I would think if you're that serious about sports that maybe just maybe you could find a t.v. anywhere. Christ, when my wife goes to the mall I usually just go to Best Buy and watch a game or two there....or plan b, stay home and tell her that everything makes her look fat.....wait.
 
2006-08-31 06:15:37 PM
palisade_hacker and Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener aka Crabby McCrabbypants and Old McMahon, respectively...

Tons of phones do that. They happen to have a camera. No one is holding a gun to your head and saying to use said features. Most phone companies PAY you to get a damn phone with those most basic features. What the hell do you want from them? If you work in a place that bans camera phones, leave it in your damn car and make the company provide you one.

Oh yeah and... Nextel, you idiots.
 
2006-08-31 06:19:37 PM
Hell, I don't even like to have to carry a phone. I'd rather be able to go to 7-11 without getting a call from the office!
 
2006-08-31 06:20:05 PM
Maybe I'm just old but the idea of paying money to watch anything on a teensy little screen seems absolutely retarded.

My phone is a tracfone. Costs me about $100 a year. It's a total POS but it lets me make "phone calls" which is all I want.

/git off mah lawn!
 
2006-08-31 06:39:48 PM
Which reminds me: why did Gameboys catch on?
 
2006-08-31 06:40:11 PM
No matter how small the screen gets, I'll still believe that Stuart Scott's trick eye is looking straight into the depths of my soul. And judging what it sees there.

/boo-yeah!
 
2006-08-31 06:43:14 PM
hulkhands-


Absolutely hilarious reference!
 
2006-08-31 06:54:26 PM
What I don't understand about watching football on these things is that games are typically on Saturday or Sunday -- when you're home in front of your 87" stereophonic plasma hdtv lcd.

The only time I ever think about using my cell phone for surfing the web is when I'm commuting on the bus. Why would I want to see a recap of a sports game then? I'll most likely know the score already.
 
2006-08-31 06:54:55 PM
sels writes:

Actually, all we need is a simple video out or some kind of attachment that uses the charger port. We could watch it on whatever the hell we wanted to.

That would work out if only cell phones had anywhere close to the bandwidth of television. Who knows, that might happen some day!

If you tried that with today's technology, you'd get horribly blurry images, like blowing up a tiny bitmap image to full screen size on your computer.
 
2006-08-31 07:00:04 PM
SomeBigFarkingMan

palisade_hacker and Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener aka Crabby McCrabbypants and Old McMahon, respectively...

Tons of phones do that. They happen to have a camera. No one is holding a gun to your head and saying to use said features. Most phone companies PAY you to get a damn phone with those most basic features. What the hell do you want from them? If you work in a place that bans camera phones, leave it in your damn car and make the company provide you one.


All those extra features (and the processor to make them POSSIBLE even if turned off) cost processing power and battery time. (Not to mention adding expense.)
 
2006-08-31 07:06:29 PM
Who are the ad wizards who came up with this one?

I don't know. Video Ipods sell pretty well, from what I understand.
 
2006-08-31 07:07:41 PM
SomeBigFarkingMan: Tons of phones do that. They happen to have a camera. No one is holding a gun to your head and saying to use said features. Most phone companies PAY you to get a damn phone with those most basic features. What the hell do you want from them? If you work in a place that bans camera phones, leave it in your damn car and make the company provide you one.

The problem I have is that I usually want to buy a phone that does not have "added features" that increase the price. It's like buying a car with pre-installed laptop computer, inflatable raft and a complete DVD set of "Dallas".

If a cell phone has tons of features, great. But give me a selection of models with no additional features. My beef is with the fact that there are very few new models that deal with just calls and messages. I am FORCED to buy a cell phone that can surf the internet one pixel at a time and comes chock full of gaming goodness that I last saw in a funking Commodore computer.
 
2006-08-31 07:17:45 PM
Bob Ondeeznuts

I would think if you're that serious about sports that maybe just maybe you could find a t.v. anywhere.

Yeah, that works real well when you work Sundays.

This doesn't surprise me. Ever been to ESPN's NFL site? About half the damn content is limited to subscribers. As far as watching a game when I can't get to a TV?Putty, remote desktop and a tuner card are all you need as long as you have internet access at work. Screw ESPN. Long live Fox Sports.
 
2006-08-31 07:17:51 PM
So you unveil a new service, and for your ad campaign, you have a disheveled, rambling loser ranting outside of ESPN headquarters about his love for them as he stalks the broadcasters.

I mean, that's brilliant. Who wouldn't want to be viewed in the same light? Hard to understand why this isn't selling.
 
2006-08-31 08:02:57 PM
Fark EPSN! Those bastards took Monday Night Football away from us hardworking, non-cable subscribers!

/DIAF ESPN!
 
2006-08-31 08:10:07 PM
I have one and there awesome!! (but of course..mines free) :)
 
2006-08-31 08:35:21 PM
images.google.com

Okay, so this might be about the size of a screen in a mobile phone... maybe slightly bigger than the one on mine
 
2006-08-31 09:40:02 PM
I'll hold out for the HD version.
 
2006-08-31 10:30:04 PM
palisade_hacker: It doesn't increase the price! You've clearly not done your research here. You left out the part of my post where I said that cell phone companies are paying you to take the phone. Sorry, they're charging you one penny. If you're so cheap as you can't afford that penny...

Krunthor: Hi, welcome to the year 2006. We left behind that bullcrap about battery life around four years ago. If you don't use the feature *gasp* it doesn't suck battery life because... it's not being used! Wow!
 
2006-08-31 10:40:40 PM
If you want to watch sports that much, why not just TiVo it? Or whatever your local technology is? Even a cheap computer can record shows.
 
2006-09-01 12:12:21 AM
Jument: My phone is a tracfone. Costs me about $100 a year. It's a total POS but it lets me make "phone calls" which is all I want.

terrorist. tracphones are bomb detonators. i will turn you in.

/how's the battery life on a phone while streaming a live sporting event?

star_topology: I don't know. Video Ipods sell pretty well, from what I understand.

yeah thats cause Apple strangles the less-featured iPod marketplace. Unless you want to buy used. and i'll be damned if i am paying $200 for an older model that has probably been dropped like a bar of soap.
 
2006-09-01 03:09:18 AM
SomeBigFarkingMan: It doesn't increase the price! You've clearly not done your research here. You left out the part of my post where I said that cell phone companies are paying you to take the phone. Sorry, they're charging you one penny. If you're so cheap as you can't afford that penny...

First of all, this is a campaign for the US: I live in Estonia where it does not apply. So, no penny for me. Not mine.

Secondly, there is this line "(when purchased with new service plan)". Are you aware that most phone companies have been offering that kind of crap for quite a while now? You buy a phone for a symbolic amount (such as $0.01) and you sign a service contract that forces you to use the service plan for at least a year with oppressive call prices. If you decide to drop the service, you will have to pay a service fine. As a result, the phone company WILL get their money either through the overpriced calls or through the service fine.

If you honestly believe that companies would pay *you* to buy their products then you have not heard of the phrase "there are no free lunches".
 
2006-09-02 01:34:28 AM
I sell phones and let me tell you....

1. Buying a cell phone is not a life changing event.
2. The ringtones, color, or size does not make a phone
good. If the screen is too small, get a bigger phone. If
the phone is too big, expect a smaller screen.
3. Shuttup about battery life already. If it dies, buy a new
one.
4. Everybody hates their phone.
5. Bluetooth is a retarded, and expensive technology.
The headsets break and they do not work very well.
You do not look cool or important with it on your ear.
You have the lowest minute plan available, so you wont
even be on the phone long or often enough to need an
earpiece. Get a bluetooth phone only if you have
bluetooth built into your car.
6. Speakerphone. How is holding a phone three inches in
front of your face any better than holding it next to
your ear?
7. Pay for a damn phone. The free one is a piece of crap.
Even the razr. We do not want you complaining about our
awesome network when you opted for the crappiest phone
ever made. If somebody sells you the free phone,
they don't like you and want you out of the store as
quick as possible. Unless of course your "payable" and
they just want a quick sale to increase their commission.
8. Cell Towers. We will put up another tower as soon as your
county stops voting against it.
 
2006-09-02 01:39:00 AM
9. If you want a walkie talkie go to Toys R Us and buy one.
 
2006-09-02 01:40:57 AM
10. You will always complain no matter what phone or service you have.
 
2006-09-06 10:06:13 AM
ESPN Needs to DIAF. TOO much crap. Stick to scores and highlights!!!
 
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