TWC, the PAC-12 network, just ripples of what's to come IMO. Things change and they typically don't always change for the better. We're witnessing the unfolding of DirecTV's "dark days" IMO. Whether they pull a full Dish remains to be seen.
I don't think it is DirecTV's "dark days". It is the ridiculous amounts of money involved in pro-sports. TWC is paying DirecTV a whopping $150 million dollars per year for 20 years, totally $3 Billion for a TV deal. And that of course is by far the only one.... pro sports teams in all leagues are signing deals and contracts that SEEM (I only google a little) to be double, sometimes triple the amount they were 10 years ago.
Didn't they get the message that the economy crashed in 2008? And this is happening everywhere.
I don't know what they currently pay for Fox Sports West, but I am willing to bet it is NOT $3.95 per subscriber, even with Lakers, Dodgers, Angels, Kings, Ducks, Clippers being present, plus MLS. Some of that is now being split to TWC's new networks who will charge a premium. Fox Sports also carried PAC12 sports which now goes to its own channel.
I would not be surprised that compared to the beginning of 2012, that Los Angeles sports viewers will be confronted with at least DOUBLE, if not TRIPLE the amount of money paid for local sports channels. Granted, you can iron this out over the whole nation, but there is Houston, there is New Orleans, there is Philly, there is CSN Northwest, and there are others.
On top of that regular channel owners like Viacom have been doubling their fees, in some cases of locals media companies demanded as much as a 600% increase.
These types of negotiations are getting expensive at a MUCH faster rate than our income, and DirecTV's income grows.... so they have to make cuts, they have to make decissions. I have been of the opinion that DirecTV would carry PAC12, TWC Sportsnet, and others.... but I am no longer convinced. The amounts of money involved is SO large now, there is no telling what will happen.