So, you don't have any proof or a source to support your claims. Got it.
I do have my own proof, which is my direct (no pun intended) conversions with the President's office of Directv as well as higher level Pac 12 folks, not to mention everything else in the public domain about the Lakers, Pac 12, and other things. I have also talked to some higher levels in the Blazers organization over the years about the TV deals they have.
That may not be proof for you and that is fine. That is your choice. I don't have the power of deposition and subpoena, so we'll never get a court room proof (and by the way a blog is not proof, nor even real journalism....)
For that matter you have no proof whatsoever that Directv is telling the truth.
I know Directv is not telling the truth about the sports channels. They dragged the Pac 12 out all summer with silly comments about how they would have an update as school starts. When pointed out to them that school had already started for several Pac 12 schools they ignored their earlier comment. Then on the eve of the season starting Directv walked away completely. Yes, they have offered some silly deal about PPV and a sports tier, but that's just self serving statements in the media.
The same thing is now happening with the Laker channel, they've spun it for months now and push is about to come to shove to see how Directv acts in the next few weeks.
It is OK for a company to walk away and decide whatever channel, including sports, is not in their business model. That is perfectly fine. It's a different thing to lie.
Hey, I left Directv, I am all fine with that. As I told them when I terminated you and I are just not compatible. Directv kept wanting to continue the relationship despite the fact I made it quite clear I needed to leave because they didn't offer what I want and their competitors do. I was offered $25 off for two years, free equipment upgrades, free NFL Sunday Ticket, free HBO and the others, free Sports Pack, I think Gameplan came up in the discussion as well. Despite all of that I said NO. They didn't want to let go.
A company can be honest and forthcoming with it's customers.
And there is another side to all of this - Directv owns Root Sports. Root Sports NW had Pac 12 last year. Root Sports NW is showing what this year? Some Big Sky games and high school football games from Seattle area. Really, being in Oregon it's great for the Seattle area kids to get on TV, but seriously? In theory without the content my bill should be substantially less - but did I get any give back there? Nope. That giveback on lower content costs could have been passed on to other channels.
And to boot we don't even get the NBA Trail Blazers on Directv to begin with up here. They walked from that deal long ago. Whether that hold up is on Comcast's end or Directv's end is not really know. Each says their own thing. Bottom line is that Directv made a business decision not to pick up the channel.
Edited by WebTraveler, 11 October 2012 - 07:20 PM.