It's a weak (condescending, really) argument to say because he is a comedian he doesn't know anything. He does business directly with Epix. He works in the building where John Malone is a major shareholder.
I brought it up when he said it before his special to see if someone here had heard something. He reiterated it again after his special, so he definitely said it on purpose. He heard it from someone, it's whether that someone is credible that is the question.
Didn't come off as condescending to me but could see how it was interpreted that way by some. I'm sure SR was probably stating the obvious, do you listen to a comedian or someone that is like way more informed? I'm sure he is a well informed comedian, but comedians just like anyone else sometimes hear one thing and translate it into something else.
As an example, there was a MSNBC newscaster (since fired) named David Shuster stated that MSNBC wasn't in HD on DIRECTV because Rupert Murdoch owned DIRECTV...this was July of 2009...it was a conspiratorial charge of his....a quick internet search of Shuster Directv HD Murdoch
will bring up plenty of stories on it. This was from an "informed journalist" (I used " " for both informed and journalist in this particular case
). The reality was that Murdoch actually announced that Liberty would get controlling interest starting in 2006 and was completed in 2008... almost 1 1/2 years PRIOR to Shuster making that statement. Murdoch never "owned" DIRECTV but had controlling interest. What is even more ironic, Murdoch when he had controlling interest of DIRECTV launched Current TV, the channel launched by Al Gore. Shuster claimed DTV didn't have MSNBC in HD because MSNBC is liberal and Murdoch was conservative, yet Murdoch didn't even own DTV and when he had controlling interest was the first to launch liberal channel Current. I bring this up not to make a political statement, but my point was more that there are people actually embedded in the industry (like Shuster) that often don't even know what is going on or have one detail here, another 1/2 detail there.
Here's the dirty secret about Epix. They are controlled by Viacom and DTV and Viacom are still working through a new deal for all their channels according to things I've heard through the industry. Deadlines may already be be passed according to some. I'm sure Viacom is demanding that DTV take Epix and DTV is probably telling Viacom to stuff it because you can bet Viacom is asking for a king's ransom for all the other stuff (Nick, MTV, etc), much of it on the downswing, especially Nickelodeon. Viacom puts this stuff out on Netflix and elsewhere dirt cheap and then they ask DTV, Dish, TWC and everyone else for huge price increases. It makes no sense.http://online.wsj.co...0139597158.html
Don't be surprised if Epix some day shows up on DTV and this comedian probably had heard something about the DTV Viacom negotiations and Viacom's interest in forcing DTV to carry them. That doesn't mean it will happen, nor does it mean the timing is correct, but nothing is particularly surprising in this industry anymore. I wouldn't expect SR to comment on it, especially if the rumors about the Viacom negotiations that are circulating in the industry are true.
Edited by ChicagoBlue, 08 July 2012 - 12:30 PM.