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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Mar 24, 2012.
They have some HBO movies but not many.
Captain America is awesome!
Sounds like they're going to be increasing their sports production using an assembly-line process.
(Didn't like that one? How about "you can have any sport you want, as long as it's baseball"?)
For now there is plenty of stuff on Prime Ticket still.... if anything, Fox was overstretched, and had to sell off games to local stations all the time to show all of the games. In winter, they had 2 NHL teams, 2 NBA teams, and at the end/beginning of the seasons of those they still had 2 MLB and 2 MLS teams to deal with, PLUS all the college sports from USC/UCLA, WNBA, and local college stuff (Fullerton, Long Beach, Irvine, etc)
Now 1 NBA team and 1 MLS team moves, and the USC/UCLA team goes to PAC12.... but that still leaves more teams than many other RSN's have to deal with.
It will start get interesting when the Dodgers contract expires. If they move to TWC after the 2013 season, it will get a little less interesting for Fox to maintain 2 channels. It all depends.... if they retain the Dodgers (and Chivas USA) there is more then enough content for 2 channels.
We probably won't see much change till early 2014 though, when the Dodgers negotiate. For now though, I think there is plenty of content to keep Prime Ticket.
There are also some interesting things going on....
- Los Angeles is still trying to land a NFL team. This is still very much up in the air, but since they have the builders and financing for a brand new stadium already on board, they might be able to get a team that is looking for a new stadium and isn't getting one from the city they are in. Raiders and Rams are both possibilities, and they both have been in the L.A. market before.
- Anaheim is trying to get a NBA team.... the Sacramento Kings are in financial ruin, and have been saved by the city just to stay there for another year, but Anaheim has been lurking in the shadows to grab that team. (To the dismay of Lakers/Clippers who do not want to share the 3 million Orange County market with a 3d NBA team). This whole thing is also up in the air, but a NBA team would have a state of the art arena waiting for them in the Honda Center, now being used by the Ducks, built in 1993, and currently undergoing a massive renovation to make it better then it already was.
Nothing is certain by any means, but with the sale of the Dodgers, the move of Lakers, the UCS/UCLA move to PAC12, and possibilities of NFL and NBA teams moving to the region.... this could be a few interesting years in the L.A. market.
That is interesting but has pretty much no affect on an RSN as all NFL games are national networks.
But, the RSN could get pre-season game rights as well official team programming like other RSNs have. Considering the competitive nature of these RSNs, I'm sure this would turn into a bidding war. Something to think about further down the road.
Perhaps, but I do know RSN's cover additional programming if they choose to, such as player profiles, team specials, etc.
Also, pre-season games have in the past aired on RSN's, I don't know if they still do.
CSN Chicago has the post game live show after the bears games.
Inconsequential as those shows are usually on when no live sports are on. The nfl has little impact or programming on RSNs and what is on is during filler time. I know LA people don't know that.
A couple notes to add to all this...
The nfl sent out a letter today to all teams outlining the process they need to follow if they want to move to Los Angeles. It actually noted that if two teams would like to move there, they should share one stadium so costs would be less (and profits more, duh)
And the nba has said in the last month there is no way they would have approved the kings to Anaheim. If the kings end up moving, its now looking much ore like they'd have to move elsewhere, I'd guess Seattle.
I have a feeling there is no more sports coming to Los Angeles anytime soon that would be in need a RSN.
Maybe it is time for Seattle to admit that they were wrong and bring the NBA back in.
Well we are almost to the end of the 2d quarter and they will be starting this little madness all over again and still no new channels. :nono2:
Never understood why we need a quarterly thread, I think a yearly thread would do. We've been beating a dead horse for a long time now.
Goodbye Q2, you've been a huge disappointment. See you next quarter, same bat arguments, same bat speculation.
Not really beating a dead horse, which means debating a moot point repeatedly.
More like going to college and taking the same class all 4 semesters over and over, but restarting at the beginning and relearning the same material over and over.
Remains me of my high school English.
On this final day of Q#02 for 2012, and looking ahead to Q#03, I anticipate that Pac-12 Network HD is the one that may (and/or will) come our way.
Pac-12 launches [Wednesday,] August 15. And given DirecTV being the top cable-television provider in sports (regional, national, seasonal-subscription), Pac-12 stands out as a feasible addition.
(Bonus: October 1—the first date of Q#04—marks the debuts of Los Angeles Lakers' Time Warner Cable SportsNet HD and Time Warner Cable Deportes HD. Anticipation will likely be had during Q#03, especially as the date is approaching.)
If Chris Hansen's stadium plans keep moving forward it can happen. I don't know how interested the Maloofs would be in selling the team.
I'd bet they'd rather move to Vegas.