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ESPN is at it again

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#1 ONLINE   phrelin


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Posted 12 January 2011 - 01:55 PM

At some point in time... Oh, nevermind!

ESPN, far-and-away the most expensive channel on everyone's cable package, is under fire. From The Morning Bridge:

Angry college football fans are bashing ESPN for locking up all five BCS bowls. Noted a piece in yesterday's Denver Post, "Anyone who doesn't have cable had better have a friend who has it or live near a sports bar" if they want to watch the Bowl games. Said ESPN's Burke Magnus in response to a question on the subject, "A sports fan's existence now pretty much requires cable or satellite."

That gets points for honesty. But given the grim economic realities for many fans these days, it could get points for callous too.

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#2 OFFLINE   Lee L

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 02:29 PM

THis actually heppened a while ago. Only 3 bowls were not on ESPN networks this year and one of those, the Rose, was on ABC.

DirecTV, please don't make me have to go back to watching March Madness in standard Def! Oh, and the usual begging for AMC and BBC America. You are so close to actually being the HD Leader.

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 06:22 PM

Rose Bowl was on ESPN

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 05:38 PM

I can't believe how much ESPN thinks they are worth.. I watch a few MNF games, some Sunday night baseball, and that is about it. Not worth $4+ per sub per month to me.

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 09:55 AM

i was a little disappointed too that all the games were on ESPN, as i don't have sat or cable.

i can watch the replay on espn3, but would rather had the option to record them on my HTPC via OTA and delay my start time so i could FF through commercials, etc. . .

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 10:04 AM

I don't watch ESPN, I watch ESPN2. If it would save me money on my bill, I'd get rid of it.

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 11:15 AM

No doubt ESPN is a big chunk of the bill .. but those "lesser" channels will not be resting on their laurels .. Those rates will go up to. Sadly, until we reach the point that we won't pay .. Demand is outstripping supply and prices are rising.
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Posted 16 January 2011 - 01:09 PM

No doubt ESPN is a big chunk of the bill .. but those "lesser" channels will not be resting on their laurels .. Those rates will go up to. Sadly, until we reach the point that we won't pay .. Demand is outstripping supply and prices are rising.

Exactly... And also, how many people have cable just because ESPN is on cable and in that basic package?

IF ESPN was a la carte, what would happen if the sports-only people didn't buy those basic packages... then those "cheap" channels would have to raise their rates too.

Unless of course people would argue that everyone should be required to subscribe to that basic package... in which case we'd have a pot vs kettle situation.

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 01:12 PM

Di$ney greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed!!!!!!!!!!!!
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