And don't forget they do stuff every day. They are busy with all the LiL's being launched, and new channels show up in test there almost every week as well. I'm sure there is a process that needs to be documented, programmed, tested, etc.... in a sense, launching a channel becomes a project, with an assigned project manager and some people doing all the different parts of the project.
That said, they are used to this. If they need to launch more channels, they can launch more channels. The people working on these projects are also doing many many other things and aren't twiddling their thumbs when there is no channel to launch. When they do need to launch channels, they just manage their other workload by scaling it down a little.
They also work pretty much 24/7, and there are people on-site in their monitoring center 24 hours a day. I don't believe that they would not be able to launch say... 10 HD channels "just because they are busy with NFL Sunday Ticket" or something like that. They just plan things out parallel to each other. And that isn't a problem if you have good project managers.
In the last four weeks they have done, among others:
- Bring up, take down Golf Open Champion Ship.
- Bring up (and soon take down) Olympic Channels.
- Move NBC related channels around a bit.
- Launch, take down PGA.
- Launch 5 new HD channels in test.
- Launch a number of LiL markets in test.
- Launch a number of LiL markets from test to live.
- Bring up a fairly LARGE number of new LiL HD channel, mostly Spanish.
- Take down, and bring back up all the Viacom channels.
- Launch Disney JR in SD, launch TCM in HD.
- Prep Mike White Propaganda Channel.
They do SO MUCH on a daily basis, launching 2 or 5, or even 10 new CONUS HD channels is only a small percentage of their daily work load.
So no.... I don't believe that a thing like Sunday Ticket really gets in the way. That too, is really only a small percentage of their daily work load looking at all the other stuff that keeps em busy, and that is just the stuff we can SEE from the outside. So much more goes on internally, that what we see from the outside may only be a fraction of what they do. And launching Sunday Ticket is then just merely a bullet point on their long, long to-do list for the week.