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ESPN is it important to you?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Ken S, Aug 26, 2008.

If DirecTV dropped the ESPN channels would you...

  1. Drop DirecTV and switch to whoever carried ESPN.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. Drop DirecTV and only switch to Dish if they had ESPN.

    330 vote(s)
    72.1%
  3. Keep DirecTV and get a service that carries ESPN as well.

    73 vote(s)
    15.9%
  4. Keep DirecTV and live without ESPN

    55 vote(s)
    12.0%
  1. Aug 26, 2008 #1 of 143
    Ken S

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    If DirecTV dropped the ESPN channels would you drop DirecTV and move to another service?

    ESPN is the most expensive base channel package carried by almost all cable/satellite operators. I'm just curious how important it is to dbstalk.com folks.
     
  2. Aug 26, 2008 #2 of 143
    dettxw

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    Just wondering about the reason behind the poll.
    Is there talk of this happening?
    Seems that ESPN is too entrenched and powerful (for better or worse) for any cable/satellite/etc provider to not carry them.
     
  3. Aug 26, 2008 #3 of 143
    Ken S

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    dettxw,

    No talk that I know of...but in an article recently some small cable operators were complaining about the cost and how it is a "must carry" for them. So, I was curious to see if it really is a "must have" for DirecTV folks.
     
  4. Aug 26, 2008 #4 of 143
    tf92

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    I would have to have my ESPN since the SEC just signed on with them so I would have to go to Dish.
     
  5. Aug 26, 2008 #5 of 143
    spartanstew

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    I'd be out of here.
     
  6. Aug 26, 2008 #6 of 143
    GodisGreat79

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    Being a huge sports fan, (College Football and the NFL) I have to have my ESPN.
     
  7. Aug 26, 2008 #7 of 143
    phat78boy

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    I would leave the minute the channel went blank. Also, if all they had was the main ESPN channel and another provider had the whole ESPN package.... I would leave for that provider.
     
  8. Aug 26, 2008 #8 of 143
    Upstream

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    The only reason I have cable/sat service is for ESPN and my regional sports networks. Eighty percent of everything else I watch is available on OTA channels. If they canned Food Network or Discovery, I might miss those channels. But without the ESPN channels and my RSNs, I'd have no reason to pay the monthly subscription price for DirecTV.
     
  9. Aug 26, 2008 #9 of 143
    bwaldron

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    Just don't see it ever happening.

    I will say that, even as a major sports fan the ESPN channels are no longer among my absolute favorites and I could probably live without them if I had to -- and if my monthly bill went down accordingly.

    The various out-of-market league packages are more important to me than the ESPN "family."
     
  10. Aug 26, 2008 #10 of 143
    studdad

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    at $4.99 for the "bonus" HD pack, I believe we are being raked over the coals for those channels. Why not add it to that pack before considering dropping it?
     
  11. Aug 26, 2008 #11 of 143
    Grentz

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    Dont really need it, barely watch it to be honest.

    Only a game or two now and then, but its not life or death.

    Would be great if it was an addon to save a couple bucks a month, but I know tons of people that would not sit happily with and I think it overall would be bad for Directv.
     
  12. Aug 26, 2008 #12 of 143
    ccr1958

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    i could live without ESPN on DirecTv as long as i am able to have
    access to high speed internet...
     
  13. Aug 26, 2008 #13 of 143
    Newshawk

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    Broken...
    The only time I'd miss ESPN would be those few weeks that they carry the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. Other than that, what's ESPN?
     
  14. Aug 26, 2008 #14 of 143
    flipptyfloppity

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    I need ESPN 1 and 2. Don't need the rest. But of course I have to pay for them anyway because ESPN knows the 1 and 2 are must carries, and thus force bundles in the rest of the channels.
     
  15. Aug 26, 2008 #15 of 143
    crawdad62

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    Most of the sports channels are a total waste to me. Now don't get me wrong I realize they are important to a lot of people and I also realize D* probably is were they are today because of sports. But honestly I don't ever watch ESPN.

    I'd rather have Fuel show actual HD content. That's about as "sport" as I get.
     
  16. Aug 26, 2008 #16 of 143
    luckydob

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    ESPN is a MUST have for College sports...no ESPN, no more D*.
     
  17. Aug 26, 2008 #17 of 143
    grape

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    Dropping ESPN would be the death of any provider unless they were going after a small niche.
     
  18. Aug 26, 2008 #18 of 143
    armophob

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    I would never know it was gone.
     
  19. Aug 26, 2008 #19 of 143
    xIsamuTM

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    I could care less. drop ESPN, TNT, Lifetime, FOX news, all that waste of channel space. If I'm left with Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, Nick, G4 and Discovery I'll be happy.
     
  20. Aug 26, 2008 #20 of 143
    Grentz

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    I wish you could take it off then. Kinda like you used to be able to with locals.

    Not really advertised as such, and it is "included" with all the standard packages. But say for -$4/mo you could get rid of it. That would be pretty neat.


    There are channels WAY more worthless than those that could be dropped first ;)

    Thats why I love favorites lists, although I still have to pay for those other channels (or depending how you look at it, have those channels there to help pay for the others)!
     

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