They have said they would offer the channel if the pac 12 agree to a cost they felt was acceptable, or as an a la cart offering. PAC12 declined. I don't know how much more honest you can be.... And it is there place to decide what channels they carry for what prices, and its you place to decide if you agree or would be better off with a different carrier.
You know that was a revised message played in what, week 4? That's not being honest and forthcoming, that's simply pandering and self-serving.
Facts were all summer they first said "we have no plans," then they said, "we'd like to have it and we'll have an update closer to when school starts..." then when pointed out school had started at several Pac 12 schools were in session, they ignored it and continued to say the same, then on the eve of the opener they walked away completely, and then each week Pac 12 has been gunning for them in press releases and only finally, in week 4, they came up with this message.
So while they are NOW saying that, that is not what they said all along. All along they strung us along. They could have been honest up front and simply said "we cannot afford it w/o increasing the package cost" and then let that ride. But they didn't and have allowed most of their competitors to zoom right by. How are they doing it? Directv is the more expensive option of the providers as well, so something is awry here. But companies can make business decisions all the time - they should just be honest.
I can honestly tell you the coverage on Dish is great. I have most of the sports either on the 413 channel or on alternate channels. I am waiting for them to get the streaming option up for full-time access to Pac 12 Oregon and other regionals, they now say firmly by 10-19 they'll have that option for us.
Then when I cancel they make it a longer process than usual, trying to continue to talk me out of it, when I tell them over and over again I want out and here is why. But then they come back with NFL Sunday Ticket for free, $25 off for a year, free multi sport, new equipment, etc. I had to decline these options repeatedly and just asked to cancel....but even then they made me sit on hold for a bit. I think it's part of a strategy to make it hard. Again, goes right to being forthcoming and honest....I told them in the first sentence I want to cancel and here is why - I wasn't going to change my mind -and I respected their decision not to want me as a customer. I told them I got it and just wanted to go. But they still made it longer than what it needed to be.
So while NOW they say they'll add it as a PPV or to a sports tier, that is a week for massaged message because they are taking a beating. I would also encourage EACH one of you to call up and threaten to cancel and push it to the last minute (or pretend to). Assuming you are a good customer who unloads $100 or more a month with them and is in good standing for a number of years you will be able to extract substantial savings from them - at least $25 a month for a year (I feel you could talk them into 2, free new equipment, free multi-sport, free pay channels, and so forth. Take Mike White to the cleaners. If you don't want to switch and are pissed off make em pay.