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Watch ESPN iOS App

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by mattgwyther, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. Oct 5, 2011 #1 of 29

    mattgwyther New Member

    May 22, 2007
    I've loved the recent TVEverywhere additions. I'm just wonder when DIRECTV is going to be added to the provider list on the "watch ESPN" app. It would sure be handy during college football season.
  2. Oct 5, 2011 #2 of 29

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    maybe when the add long horn network or what even other BS that ESPN wants Directv to add.
  3. Oct 5, 2011 #3 of 29

    espnjason Armchair Referee

    Sep 30, 2008
    The current deal with ESPN expires at the end of the year, I would love to have WatchESPN and I suspect D* will gun for that as recent trends have shown with their latest deals.
  4. Oct 8, 2011 #4 of 29

    ChicagoBlue Godfather

    Apr 29, 2011
    DTV has asked for it on numerous occasions and ESPN has said no, not unless DTV takes Longhorn and other nonsense at a cost of several billion dollars over the course of the contract.

    Simply put, it's not happening any time soon.
  5. Oct 8, 2011 #5 of 29

    espnjason Armchair Referee

    Sep 30, 2008
    I didn't realize D* already asked for it.

    I thought carrying the online counterpart would be built into the carriage agreements, I'm not in the business thus I won't know for certain.
  6. Oct 8, 2011 #6 of 29

    Peter305 Hall Of Fame

    May 24, 2006
    So ESPN are holding DirecTV hostage?

    Not good news folks. Don't expect this app for DirecTV users any time soon.
  7. Oct 8, 2011 #7 of 29

    adkinsjm Icon

    Mar 25, 2003
    ESPN holds all providers hostage when it offers a new channel/product. ESPN forced Time Warner Cable to take ESPN3, as it did with many other cable companies whose contracts were up for renewal. Expect DirecTV to get the Longhorn Network and WatchESPN when a new deal is signed.
  8. Oct 9, 2011 #8 of 29

    DawgLink Woof Woof Woof

    Nov 5, 2006
    Washington, DC
    I honestly can not wrap my head around ESPN forcing people to take such a garbage channel or else with WatchESPN


    Do they understand how little to no interest that LHN carries nationally? Most Texas grads I know have little to no interest in it outside 1-2 games it may carry...oh, garbage games at that

    Not one person here wants WatchESPN more than me but I honestly hope DirecTV does not let in. Ridiculous
  9. May 8, 2012 #9 of 29

    OutGolfn Cool Member

    Dec 21, 2006
    Looks like comcast viewers got WatchESPN today. Timewarner of course has had it a while now. I sure hope Directv and ESPN come to an agreement soon for us dtv guys!
  10. Garyunc

    Garyunc Godfather

    Oct 7, 2006
    Make friends with a Time Warner or Comcast or Verizon subscriber. I am sure glad that I did :)
  11. zimm7778

    zimm7778 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 11, 2007
    They do it because they are ESPN, no one will challenge them for fear of losing subs which may or may not happen en masse, and it all goes on behind the scenes. It's possible if this type of thing played out publicly and explicitly, people would tell ESPN to shove it.
  12. dualsub2006

    dualsub2006 Icon

    Aug 28, 2007
    I'd love to have watch ESPN, but having the LHN forced on me makes it a price I'm not willing to pay.

    If ESPN had to do ala carte, this wouldn't be an issue at all. They are the best in the business at exploiting the system.
  13. cptaylor

    cptaylor New Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    I'd like to have this app as well but it's not that big of a deal since I have a slingbox. But I don't want D to cave and charge me for the crappy LHN.
  14. George_T

    George_T Legend

    Sep 19, 2002
    So, did Comcrap sign a new carriage agreement and agree to broadcast the Longhorn Network in order to carry the WatchESPN App?

    I guess that's the big question that goes through my head and would tell a lot about whether or not D* would have to make that same concession to get access to the app.
  15. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Not that I heard, but the last agreement Comcast and ESPN had involved putting EPSN3 games on linear channels on Comcast systems, so it may have come from that.
  16. Redbullsnation

    Redbullsnation Mentor

    Apr 16, 2012
    hmm...WatchESPN?? Why you need it?? Theres a constant spin when you watch the crappy programs they provide outside of live events and 30/30, jailbreak your iOS, install XBMC, watch ESPN3 from there...
  17. adkinsjm

    adkinsjm Icon

    Mar 25, 2003
    Comcast is not carrying The Longhorn Network.
  18. iceturkee

    iceturkee DINFOS Trained Killer DBSTalk Club

    Apr 1, 2007
    neither is brighthouse and they have had watch espn since signing a new contract with the mother ship over a year ago!
  19. mws192

    mws192 Godfather

    Jun 17, 2010
    ESPN once again confirmed earlier this week that it isn't looking to sell this as an add-on to an existing carriage agreement, instead we have to wait until the current deal is over/renewed.

    "Asked if ESPN, which has been including the service as a key facet of comprehensive distribution deals it has consummated over the past two years, was now pitching Watch ESPN separately, Bratches said no."

    "In an interview after the presentation, Bratches said ESPN's goal is to "double the distribution of our affiliate base that has Watch ESPN in the next year.""

  20. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Not everyone wants to break their support contract with Apple.

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