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Longhorn Network

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by jon99, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. TravelFan1

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    Folks, I'm not a moderator, but can we please stop discussing each other and calling each other names?

    Re the misinformation from chacha.com web site, couldn't we just have said: "Apologies, but that's incorrect information - 609 is the Big Ten Network.", instead of feeling the need to calling the poster names? And to the poster of the chacha.com link, perhaps next time could you check on directv.com lineup to confirm that channel number xyz does carry the channel in question?

    Now, back on topic, can you guys imagine if Dish were to start carrying LHN now, after picking up Pac-12? Then Dish would really be America's leader in college sports.... That said, LHN is partially owned by ESPN, so chances are Dish won't carry it anyways until addressing the larger Disney dispute....
     
  2. tonyd79

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    Can't imagine LHN being critical in determining the leader in college sports.
     
  3. TravelFan1

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    I don't disagree with you, but, it's all about Marketing spinning. Dish could have an add similar to the one Directv used to show, which shows all sports channels that one can't get with Dish, that Dish only has part-time RSNs in HD... Dish could launch one with Pac-12 and, were Dish to carry LHN, LHN logos and have the narrator says "If you want pac-12 or LHN, you can't get those on Directv". Heck, I should trademark this add, so that if Dish starts a "America's College Sports leader", I can at least earn some $$$ from Dish :D
     
  4. tonyd79

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    Comcast already claims that.
     
  5. JoeTheDragon

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    and then they drop the big ten network just after that.
     
  6. jmpfaff

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    If you read the actual history behind LHN and the comments from the AD, you'd see that the UT brass did NOT think they were big enough for a national TV network. Nor did they expect the network to make money -- they were expecting to lose money initially. But...being a public institution with bidding rules...they had to open discussions to bid out the partner side of things....and MULTIPLE content providers decided to bid big bucks for a national network. So we took the money -- as any public institution should. (Fact is ESPN bid way too much and is in over their heads, but that isn't Bevo's problem)

    As for the making money comment.....well, only about 5 athletic programs in the country make money....so....apparently there are a lot of fools out there that don't wear burnt orange.

    I still ultimately expect LHN to be a success because ESPN will bundle it in with its other channels. In the back of my head, I'm wondering if it will maintain the same name, or if the Big XII network is just going to have a lot of Texas focused programming on it. (Rumor that I don't have a link for says that the new ESPN/Big XII contract labels LHN as an ESPN family network for cable rights purposes)
     
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    Yes, it is part of the new Big 12 TV deal...

    http://mattsarzsports.com/Football2012/Big12

    It looks like the first UT game it shows is the one game every Big 12 team gets to do with what they want. Any subsequent games count towards ESPN's pool of Big 12 games. Since ESPN can show 19 games per year, technically, they can put all home games on the LHN. That would be almost impossible though because many times FMG picks ahead of ESPN and certainly will take the Big 12's biggest draw a lot. Also, Disney will want them on ABC a few times as well. The OU game is the only one scheduled so far, but there will be more.
     
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    I just saw where Cablevision just re upped with ESPN. Appears the Longhorn Network was included. Possible that any future deals will have to include it?!
     
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    That's what I was originally thinking...that ESPN would just try to get it placement at renewal time. Is it on a basic tier or with sports packages?

    Here's the Variety article:

    http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118060259
     
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    That I don't know
     
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    http://digitaltexan.net/2012/austin...nly-interested-longhorn-network/article41745/

    oops......
     
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    Article says Texas, Louisiana and Virginia (!!!)
     
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    A bit of an update here....from local sportswriter Kirk Bohls in today's Austin paper. It looks like the fate on Longhorn Network and perhaps other such regional networks may be before DirecTV soon.

    The rest of the article of generally not TV-related, but here's the link:

    http://www.statesman.com/news/sports/bohls-major-mistakes-by-texas/nWFC7/
     
  18. de_runner

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    Are there ANY updates or information regarding LHN on DTV? Dead in the water? Nada? Zilch?
     
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    I guess if Pac-12 is having issues getting on DTV; Longhorn Network seems even a less of a chance. I would say the same thing if Ohio State tried to go it alone with its own network. Ohio State and Texas have the largest number of living alumni, but not enough to make a channel like Longhorn Network viable in the long term. Over time I expect the SEC to invite Texas and Oklahoma to their conference, and the Longhorn network could morph into the SEC Network; in that case there is a much larger interest. i also expect that PAC-12 will abandon their seven channel model, because that model is not sustainable for DBS. Seven slots are very expensive to begin with, as is one slot, Both Longhorn network and PAC-12 suffer from space allocation issue, and cost to make it viable for carriage and what subscribers would have to pay.


     
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    I guess if Pac-12 is having issues getting on DTV; Longhorn Network seems even a less of a chance. I would say the same thing if Ohio State tried to go it alone with its own network. Ohio State and Texas have the largest number of living alumni, but not enough to make a channel like Longhorn Network viable in the long term. Over time I expect the SEC to invite Texas and Oklahoma to their conference, and the Longhorn network could morph into the SEC Network; in that case there is a much larger interest. i also expect that PAC-12 will abandon their seven channel model, because that model is not sustainable for DBS. Seven slots are very expensive to begin with, as is one slot, Both Longhorn network and PAC-12 suffer from space allocation issue, and cost to make it viable for carriage and what subscribers would have to pay.


    Pac12 will not be changing their setup at all. They are making some money now, just not as much as they want. It works fine for sat, they run the national plus alt channels for games. That's working fine for dish. That isn't the issue, price is the issue, just as it is for the longhorn.

    Ad anyone thinking that a new round of negotiating for espn is going to get to in and of itself allow espn to force DIRECTV or anyone else to carry the long horn network isn't thinking logically. They will push for it,but they aren't going to hold up a deal and risk espn going dark for that one channel. But the providers probably will. We know DIRECTV isn't afraid to yank or ignore channels anymore, and espn would be in big trouble if they lost DIRECTV even for a few days. Dnt would be ok as long as it didn't last to long.


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