It's probably safe to say we have all been frustrated with two of the recent basketball games only being available online via ESPN3.
The games were:
Friday, November 8th vs. Cornell
Monday, November 18th vs. St. Francis NY
I find ESPN3 to be laggy and the picture quality sucks with frequent "freezes" and drop outs.
During the St. Francis NY game, I was sitting at my computer viewing tweets while the WatchESPN app was running on my iPad with the Syracuse game. The tweets by @BrentAxeMedia and @SyrBasketball were telling me about SU's missed free throws and St. Francis' made 3's before the plays were actually shown on my iPad. Then, Brent Axe retweeted @A_Napoli_, who said the game was on TWC channel 398.
I turned my TV on and tuned to channel 398 and there was the SU game on my huge flat screen TV. The picture was not HD, but it was much more enjoyable to watch than on my iPad.
So the question I had was, "Why didn't I know about this before the game?" All the media outlets reported this game was "online only". I even looked at the TV box guide data and it only listed, "Local Sports". There was no mention of Syracuse or even college basketball.
This morning, I conducted a little research and found that the "ESPN3 only" games are shown on TV as part of the ESPN FullCourt premium package, which is included when you subscribe to TWC's SportsPass tier. (Which I do at $8.99 per month). The SportsPass also includes NFL Redzone (I highly recommend for fantasy players), ESPN Goal Line, NHL network, CBS Sports Network, Tennis Channel, and more.
The ESPN Full Court games may be shown on channels 398, 399 and 787-799. If you subscribe to the SportsPass, check these channels the next time SU plays a game that is "online only". Our next game that is "online only" is Saturday, December 7th at 7PM vs. Binghamton.
Those of you that are tech-savvy can also watch ESPN3 on their TV's by using either an AppleTV or Roku box, as long as you subscribe to a cable provider that participates.