You are aware that they said the same thing about the Pac 12 and Directv kept saying that Directv kept saying they wanted to carry it and would have an update closer to "when school starts." When it was pointed out to Directv that some of the Pac 12 schools were in session they became evasive. Then on the eve of the season opener Directv got up and walked away from the bargaining table completely. For someone that openly says that they are trying to get the channel getting up and walking away completely is simply not trying. Directv never had any intent to carry the Pac 12, has no current intent to carry the Pac 12. The ONLY way that will change is if enough customers walk.
I have no doubt whatsoever that Directv is playing the same game with Laker fans. If anything Directv is going to push this as far as it can go.
So take what Directv says with caution. They are proven liars. To me, when a company openly lies to their customers that is the last straw. It proves to me that company leadership has no integrity whatsoever. It's OK to make a business decision not to carry a channel. It's OK to negotiate in good faith and not come to a deal. But it's not OK to tell customers they want the channel, lead them to believe they will have the channel, and then when that drop dead date is coming (start of season) to simply get up and walk away completely. There is no good faith bargaining going on. It's all deception and deceiving as many customers as they can to keep them subscribed to Directv.
We may know 3rd quarter subscriber numbers soon, but Directv successfully pushed Pac 12 subscriber losses into the 4th quarter. You may see some aggressive sign up offers as the 4th quarter drags on. There will be - and probably already are - losses from the Lakers. Some people are not going to play the game any longer. They want their Pac 12 and they want their Lakers. Directv is not giving it to them so those falks are already walking....when I cancelled Directv last weekend the gentleman confirmed that they are seeing losses from Laker and Pac 12 issues. But he may not be the best guide as to what is going on, all he does is disconnects and tries to talk you out of it every single day. Nice guy, but he conceded to me Directv is falling behind on the sports content and did say that the company may be going in a different direction right now.
I read some in some article that another reason D* and other TV providers are waiting till the last possible minute is because not carrying the channel now would save them something like 100K per day.Basically D* and the other TV providers don't want to pay for pre season games.
If D* was smart and they struck a deal before the other TV providers say like a week in advance they could attract new D* customers to them.
I see a lot of posts on the Laker dedicated website forums and threads that people would be willing to to ditch their current non TWC TV provider and switch to D* if they had the channel.
Edited by WebTraveler, 11 October 2012 - 05:58 AM.