I don't think so. CBS and Directv just re-upped themselves in a deal announced a few days ago. http://www.chicagotr...0,6809781.story It included CBS Sports Network. So no mention of that channel going to a sports tier.
Didn't Pursuit just re-up as well a month or so ago?
Not sports, but ION just signed a new deal as well. They didn't get relegated to a higher tier.
So no, based upon all of this I do not think so. So again, if they all go on a sports tier then it makes sense to push one away.
It's also fair for the provider to say that they are making a business decision to not to carry the Lakers, Pac 12, or anyone else. But that is not what is being said from the highest levels of Directv.
Your assuming that these new contracts don't say they can make changes to the packages they are in at some point as long as they are in a group of a certain size....
And channels like ion, that probably cost less than pennies a day, no those will stay in place. CBS sports, I'd bet that's one of the cheapest sports channels there is right now, after the pursuit channels and such... I would not expect them to start rearranging tiers and such till they have enough contracts in place to move a lot of channel around, that's why I say in the future. I don't expect this kind of whole sale change for a few more years... for new channels coming on board now, DirecTV is showing that those are probably going to get relegated to higher tiers if the costs aren't real low, case in point the pac12 channel. Frankly, I wouldn't care if they made the twc channel a la cart and charged an extra $5 for it, but I don't see that happening. But if all the RSNs aren't careful, someday RSNs will cost us all an extra $4 a month as a separate line item.