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BTN & DISH Agree to Deal (was BTN, Dish Network negotiation at stalemate)

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#151 OFFLINE   tampa8



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Posted 23 September 2012 - 12:35 PM

That's one way to look at it. I'd say DirecTV has been smarter about it all along...hence the lack of lasting disputes and legal battles by comparison.

If by smarter you mean charging higher prices to keep/get programming then yes. And they do have more subscribers so they are doing something right. But while these disputes do get old, I am paying considerably less then my friends with Direct with maybe even more programming, and indeed with nothing looking good for the economy one is ready to switch, another has talked about it. One may give up Mets games to pay less with DISH and get a couple of channels in HD. The challenge for Dish imho is to keep a clear difference in cost. That said, they have added most of the new sports channels from CBS and NBC, along with BeIn, etc... and have both the BTN and PAC12 now, Direct TV does not have both.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 01:32 PM


DirecTV does seem to settle these things quite quickly. The Viacom thing was quite surprising when it happened. But if you look, DirecTV is also more expensive for identical programming than Dish, and that is in part because DirecTV errs on the side of programming over price. Dish holds the line hard on price and is willing to kiss unreasonable programmers goodbye. In essence, Dish is doing the heavy lifting of keeping prices down.

The Viacom thing was more or less surprising mainly due to the coming out of nowhere. However the Versus span of time before being back on the air does seem to be a forerunner of the way these things will be going in the future. Add that to the PAC12 and it looks like DirecTV is starting to take a hardline too.
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#153 OFFLINE   pfred



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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:48 AM

There is no way this was all just about 5 cents. It wouldn't even be in the Big Ten's interest to bother negotiating for just a 5-cent increase... as it probably costs them more to spend time negotiating than that would benefit them in revenue.

I agree we aren't getting the full story, though.

Don't jump to conclusions. Do you know if BTN is worth an extra 5 cents? As far as I am concerned, BTN is worth as much as the home shopping channel to me, and that is bupkus ($0).

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 12:57 PM

Don't jump to conclusions. Do you know if BTN is worth an extra 5 cents? As far as I am concerned, BTN is worth as much as the home shopping channel to me, and that is bupkus ($0).

You completely misread what I had posted. I didn't say whether BTN was worth another 5 cents... I said it wouldn't make sense for BTN to pull their feeds over a matter of 5 cents. They would lose more money over pulling the signal than they would make back if they get a 5-cent increase.

Moot points anyway since Dish and BTN came to a long term agreement.

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