YES you are missing the point. Yes you can pay $12.99 for Sports Pack to get out of market RSNs. But you do not get the most of the content of these RSNs as MOST of the professional and some college sports Directv only has the right to show the content in the area of the channel - the area Directv has rights to show it in.
The difference with the Pac 12 channels is that Directv will have the right to show it nationwide. If the channel is already on the system there is little or no additional cost to Directv to show that channel to everyone on it's system. If the price per subscriber is small enough (10 cents?) outside the footprint Directv will show it. WHY? Because they WILL gain subscribers from it. The UW fan in NYC, the Stanford fan in Boston, etc.
Now if they only stick the channel in the local DMA as you suggest then they cannot show that channel to everyone else in the Pac 12 footprint if they want it. Putting it in the local DMA is not a realistic option. A Pac 12 fan in Phoenix might want all Pac 12 channels for example. That's just not practical for the Pac 12 network and it won't happen. If they are in the local DMA none of these channels could even be in the sports pack since that would be nationwide.
The bandwidth issue is always an issue. That's an issue for Directv and always will be. No matter how much bandwidth you have you will always need more. Directv can take it away from the PPV movies, not show every home and away channel on the MLB, NBA, NHL packages, etc. That's a choice that will need to be made by someone in Directv.
Pac-12 is only going to put their channels on Directv if it benefits them. If they get pushed only to Sportspack for everyone or most channels you will not see the channels here. The other side to that is Directv looses lots of customers in the Pac-12 footprint because the cable packages are already signed on - to carry the Pac 12 national channel and the local channel in the footprint - and in a sports tier the other channels (or so we're told). So if the cable companies have the channels and satellite does not, then where are we? Satellite can't compete then.
Pac-12 knows that a national distribution contract benefits them so they want to be able to push the games everywhere. Cable cos in NJ, NY DC, etc. won't carry the Pac 12 and especially won't carry all the local regionals. So pushing for viewership, Pac 12 says to Directv, take the channels you aready have and make them go national with every one of them and we'll charge you next to nothing for people outside of the Pac 12 footprint. How can Directv say no to that - because even if they pick up one customer who wouldn't normally have Directv - then Directv benefits. The bandwidth is already used up.
So what's the limitation? The total bandwidth available. You say there is not enough to accomodate everyone. I don't know if that is true or not. If it is, then that's an issue to work out. It's also leverage for Directv to use with other channels to keep prices down - could say hey Oprah channel, we have a limit on the amount of bandwidth and you want X and we say we'll pay Y - and thats it. We don't have bandwidth for all, so either sign on at X or we're done and if we're done we don't know if you will ever get access again. That's a business decision they'd have to make.
So restricted bandwidth can benefit Directv in more ways than one.
I would be shocked - completely shocked if the Pac 12 ends up in sports pack. It makes so sense to the Pac 12 to even put the channels on Directv should that be the case.
It comes down to who has the real leverage here? Key to all of this negotiation was getting every major cable company on board before launch. How in the world Larry Scott did that I do not know, but he did. Now that he did that upped the ante for Directv and the others to carry the channel. The man is brilliant.
We'll just have to see....but I will bet you a beer that they will either be all on or not at all. If there is a real bandwidth problem the only accomodation I could see Pac 12 making is temporarily allowing some SD content for the regionals with all major sports events being in HD. We'll have to see....:)
I know about the rights to the games and that dtv would not need to black any of them out. The only thing that would do is make the channel more expensive, not less, making it even more likely for the regionals, if picked up, to be put into the sports pack to offset the costs for them.
And you are also completely wrong on saying there is no cost to showing the channel nationally if they carry it locally and they have the rights. There is absolutely a massive cost. The pricing for channels is based on how many people can receiver the channel. Far fewer people have the sports pack, so they'd have to pay far far less for a channel in the sports pack than if they have it available in a more national package. The only way around that is if the PAC 12 offers the channels to DirecTV for free if they pay for the national channel, or something of that nature. Not reduced, but free. ( dtv just moved some channels to a higher teir because of costs this month. ) Let me know when a channel offers their programing for free to anyone. Yes they could cut a deal that changes how much is charged for the channel in different dmas and such, but it'd still cost far less in the sports pack unless they significantly undercut the fees they will get locally in comparison to what they will be getting from a local cable company, and that's something that I don't see happening because it'd open a giant can of worms.
If all the major games can be seen on the national channel, then thats the channel that will be viewed the most nationally. The other channels will have much smaller views hip outside the region in which they are meant for. They will have eyes, but so many fewer than what the national network will have.
Did you even read the link to the post above yours? Where it specifically states Comcast may put the channels in the sports pack, and is only guaranteed to carry one of the channels in each market, either the national feed or the local, but have the option to carry both? (read, they can carry both if they want to pay more)
And that all major sports games that aren't on espn or fox will be on both the regional channels and the national channels so everyone will be able to see them no matter which channels a carrier decides to pickup will have that game. ( those games being football and basketball)
Look, I see your point in why it would be beneficial to have all nationwide, but you seem to think the bandwidth question isn't really going to have an impact other than they can negotiate a better deal. That's just false. At this time, I don't see any way for DirecTV to dedicate any more than one channel nationally for the pac12.
These channels will cost, no matter how you slice it. Saying they will carry them all nationally because the PAC 12 doesn't want any of them in a sports pack is also a falsify, based in what Larry just said recently.
A PAC 12 fan can want all the channels as much as they want, but if DirecTV doesn't have the bandwidth to have them all everywhere right now, then they will have to deal with whatever channels they do carry. One or two channels is better than none. Please, tell me how that's not true? And we are talking no matter what about having more games and programing on tv than ever before, so no matter what the consumer is gaining over what the have today. If DirecTV picks up just the national channel, they will have far more pac12 sports available nationally than ever before.
Again, the bandwidth issue will go away for these channels in two years. I don't think that DirecTV will want to wait till then to carry any of the pack 12 channels.
For those wondering, the whole discussion in this started because we where wondering if this channel will show up in this new package. I don't expect it in the entertainment package. I expect the PAC 12 channel national version to end up in the same teir as the NBC sports channel, and eventually the regional channels available to everyone outside the PAC 12 markets in the sports pack. That would be the extra package and above I do believe. That what makes the most economic sense for everyone IMHO. And let's everyone see more games the PAC 12 plays than ever before.