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#1 OFFLINE   mattgwyther

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 09:05 PM

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.
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#2 OFFLINE   JoeTheDragon

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 09:16 PM

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.


maybe when the add long horn network or what even other BS that ESPN wants Directv to add.
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Posted 05 October 2011 - 09:29 PM

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.

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#4 OFFLINE   ChicagoBlue

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 01:49 PM

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.


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.

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 03:48 PM

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.


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.

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#6 OFFLINE   Peter305

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 04:51 PM

So ESPN are holding DirecTV hostage?

Not good news folks. Don't expect this app for DirecTV users any time soon.

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 07:04 PM

So ESPN are holding DirecTV hostage?

Not good news folks. Don't expect this app for DirecTV users any time soon.


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.

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Posted 09 October 2011 - 02:28 PM

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.


I honestly can not wrap my head around ESPN forcing people to take such a garbage channel or else with WatchESPN

WOW

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

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 02:29 PM

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!

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 03:20 PM

Make friends with a Time Warner or Comcast or Verizon subscriber. I am sure glad that I did :)
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 03:27 PM

I honestly can not wrap my head around ESPN forcing people to take such a garbage channel or else with WatchESPN

WOW

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


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.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 04:07 PM

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.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 08:47 AM

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.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 01:35 PM

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.


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.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 04:31 PM

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.


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.
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:27 PM

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...

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 09:06 AM

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.


Comcast is not carrying The Longhorn Network.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 10:38 AM

Comcast is not carrying The Longhorn Network.


neither is brighthouse and they have had watch espn since signing a new contract with the mother ship over a year ago!

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 11:20 AM

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.""

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 11:57 AM

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...


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