KJZZ last year carried 40 Jazz games and the station was carried on DIRECTV. This year KJZZ is carrying 16 games, which 4 have already taken place prior to January 1st. So 12 games remain on that station for the 2008-09 season.
Right now the station is not carried by DIRECTV. KJZZ has historically provided the channel to DIRECTV free of charge. Now they are asking for renumeration despite having 60% of the Jazz games removed from their station. The demands right now are "outrageous" to quote a DTV release. When you go from paying $0 for 40 games and are now asked to pay a significant sum for only 16 games (40% of the inventory), well that becomes an issue.
I've also read on some blogs that customers in the Salt Lake City DMA have looked at NBA League Pass as a way to address this issue with KJZZ. Unfortunately, that is NOT A SOLUTION. KJZZ provides Jazz games in the Jazz "in market" territory, which for simplistic illustration is essentially Salt Lake City DMA. NBA League Pass is an out of market product which allows customers OUTSIDE of their local market to see other NBA teams. So, a customer looking to pick up these 12 Jazz games on NBA League Pass will not be able to....those games will be blacked out in the "in market" territory of the Jazz (essentially the Salt Lake City DMA).
Five of the 12 games are being simulcast on either ESPN or NBA.TV, so ultimately DIRECTV subscribers in the home team territory would be able to view those five games on a national outlet thus reducing the number of lost games "in market" to 7 games this year.
I've included a statement by D* below which summarizes the position. It is hopeful that this issue can be worked out.
“DIRECTV continues to be interested in reaching an agreement with KJZZ, but to date, KJZZ's economic demands have been outrageous. Historically, the channel has made its signal available to DIRECTV at no charge and is also free over the air. Now KJZZ is requesting a significant fee for its programming and in this extremely difficult economic climate, these demands represent a potential burden on our customers. Though we did not want to take the station down, DIRECTV was notified by KJZZ that it would have to stop broadcasting its signal imminently if we did not give in to their demands. We remain willing to carry the channel while both parties negotiate in good faith.”
Edited by Satelliteracer, 05 January 2009 - 02:19 PM.