Satelliteracer, first of all I want to thank you for all the amazing information you dispense here, and secondly I want to agree to some extent that we (indluding me) are jumping to some conclusions here...I think the lack of the Pac-12 networkS being added is making us feel like DirecTV has somehow moved their line in the sand regarding negotiations.
I also want to add that I absolutely ADORE DirecTV, and would never in a million years switch to any other provider. While I do question decisions and a possible change in philosophy, overall I think DirecTV is well worth the over $200 per month I spend...I buy a LOT of sports packages!
I think that's actually my point...I would not mind spending an additional X amount of dollars if that meant receiving the Pac-12 networkS, TWC, GolTV, and anything else that is out there!
I guess what I don't understand is this idea that D* isn't carrying the Lakers channel. No one has said D* isn't carrying it nor has anyone said they aren't carrying it (please, do not cut and paste a Facebook screenshot of a response from someone). A lot of jumping to conclusions. Right now, Cox, Charter, Comcast, FIOS, AT&T, DISH, DIRECTV, etc, etc are not carrying it. NO ONE is carrying it right now. That will certainly change, but to a large extent Hoosier and some others are correct. We're talking about essentially two channels here, Pac 12 (which many providers do not have) and the Lakers Channel (which NO ONE other than the owner of the channel has). Some of the other examples, CSN Philly for example...has anyone else picked up that channel?
Just based on your tone I'm hopeful the Laker channel will be picked up before the season starts. I lived in LA for a few years and have a great affinity for the area.
beIN sports was just launched. DIRECTV launched it. Many others didn't.
There are reports that the Qataris are actually paying providers to pick up beIN Sports. Not sure how accurate that is, but I read that in more than one place.
GolTV is still on DIRECTV and I might add that DIRECTV remains one of the few distributors that carries it
I just do not understand why it could not be left in the sports pack. What was the reasoning behind moving it to a Spanish programming package? I always watched GolTV in English! And while they did lose La Liga games, they do still have a large inventory of leagues and competitions I like to watch.
Universal Sports was added last year...Dish added it 7 months later. Many others still don't have it.
Fox Sports San Diego games added
Hornets games in New Orleans will be made available this year
Good points all. League Pass has carried Cox New Orleans games in the past when there was no other feed available, albeit in SD only. Are you saying that's changed and it will be available in HD? Is that for League Pass only?
Thanks again satelliteracer!!!