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When is DirecTV adding The Blaze channel?


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#1 OFFLINE   mitchflorida

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 11:03 AM

Dish just added Glenn Beck's Blaze Channel and all we get to watch is Spike and Jersey Shore on MTV.

I will switch to Dish if DirecTV doesn't add Blaze Channel, and quick. I am no longer on contract so they can't hold me.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 11:06 AM

Dish just added Glenn Beck's Blaze Channel and all we get to watch is Spike and Jersey Shore on MTV.

I will switch to Dish if DirecTV doesn't add Blaze Channel, and quick. I am no longer on contract so they can't hold me.

Wonder how much Dish is paying for this channel since the online version is $9.95/month. If it would cause my bill to go up even a fraction of that amount I might leave.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 11:13 AM

I`ve never even heard of The Blaze Channel.
But, if some loser like Beck is involved, I suspect it won`t be around long.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 11:17 AM

If we can keep politics out of discussions, they'd go much better.

And threats to leave either service because of a lack of a specific channel don't do anything when posted in DBSTalk, unless it's a massive want.
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 11:23 AM

If we can keep politics out of discussions, they'd go much better.

And threats to leave either service because of a lack of a specific channel don't do anything when posted in DBSTalk, unless it's a massive want.


While I agree that keeping politics out of discussions would be better, I do not think it is going to be possible with this thread. I see it being closed by the end of the day ;)

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 11:27 AM

Dish just added Glenn Beck's Blaze Channel and all we get to watch is Spike and Jersey Shore on MTV.

I will switch to Dish if DirecTV doesn't add Blaze Channel, and quick. I am no longer on contract so they can't hold me.


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Posted 12 September 2012 - 11:30 AM

While I agree that keeping politics out of discussions would be better, I do not think it is going to be possible with this thread. I see it being closed by the end of the day ;)


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Posted 12 September 2012 - 11:37 AM

Hopefully never. The fact that even a small fraction of my money might be paying for the rights to a channel that features him makes me a little ill.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 11:52 AM

While I agree that keeping politics out of discussions would be better, I do not think it is going to be possible with this thread. I see it being closed by the end of the day ;)


It's impossible not to mention G Beck, without referring to his politcs. It's what made him and its what got him tossed off of the channels he previously was on.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 12:02 PM

Hopefully never. The fact that even a small fraction of my money might be paying for the rights to a channel that features him makes me a little ill.


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He doesn't bring anything to the conversation unless you enjoy seeing a grown man cry! :)

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 12:07 PM

As long as everyone has the same feelings for Current TV, DemocracyNow, and FreeSpeech Network, then I would say it's a wash. If not, then having The Blaze included in a carriage agreement seems to balance things out a bit.

This is a story not because of the politics or person but think about the concept in general. To maintain control, a streaming only channel is created from nothing and has a production value seen by the traditional broadcasters as something they would like to carry in their packages. It is possible the three previous channels all started that way as well but I have watched those channels and they cannot match the production quality of the programs that Glenn is turning out. Not to mention the information he is sharing for your consideration.

I will say this though... a subscription directly to the channel and a Roku box is cheaper than any DirecTV or Dish package that may include the channel.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 12:10 PM

It's impossible not to mention G Beck, without referring to his politcs. It's what made him and its what got him tossed off of the channels he previously was on.


Difficult; not impossible.
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 12:16 PM

I think mitchflorida was being a bit tongue-in-cheek with his post.

Just a hunch.
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 12:48 PM

How much will we have to pay to keep DirecTV from adding that channel?:D

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 12:50 PM

Hopefully never. The fact that even a small fraction of my money might be paying for the rights to a channel that features him makes me a little ill.


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Posted 12 September 2012 - 12:58 PM

As long as everyone has the same feelings for Current TV, DemocracyNow, and FreeSpeech Network, then I would say it's a wash. If not, then having The Blaze included in a carriage agreement seems to balance things out a bit.

This is a story not because of the politics or person but think about the concept in general. To maintain control, a streaming only channel is created from nothing and has a production value seen by the traditional broadcasters as something they would like to carry in their packages. It is possible the three previous channels all started that way as well but I have watched those channels and they cannot match the production quality of the programs that Glenn is turning out. Not to mention the information he is sharing for your consideration.

I will say this though... a subscription directly to the channel and a Roku box is cheaper than any DirecTV or Dish package that may include the channel.


I generally agree with your post. But Dish is putting it in their top 250 tier, which is smart. A lot of Glenn Beck fans will upgrade to the higher priced tier. Those who don't want to can buy it a la carte for $5 a month.

There are about 7 or 8 liberal news networks, DTV carries only one conservative one, Fox News. The Blaze fills a need and will easily get 6 times the viewership of Current.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 01:11 PM

I generally agree with your post. But Dish is putting it in their top 250 tier, which is smart. A lot of Glenn Beck fans will upgrade to the higher priced tier. Those who don't want to can buy it a la carte for $5 a month.

There are about 7 or 8 liberal news networks, DTV carries only one conservative one, Fox News. The Blaze fills a need and will easily get 6 times the viewership of Current.

Strongly Agree.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 01:14 PM

Glenn Beck likes to style himself a sort of latter-day Revolutionary War hero, rallying the forces of freedom to rise up against oppression. Whatever you think of his politics, the analogy is apt in at least one regard: The deal he just made to put his fledgling internet news channel on Dish Network may be remembered as the Shot Heard ’round the World in the battle to break cable distributors’ stranglehold on network content.

Starting at 5 p.m. Eastern time today, Beck’s channel, The Blaze, will be channel 212 in Dish Network’s 14 million households. It will be included as part of a 250-channel package, or available as a premium channel, for $5 a month, to those who receive a more basic package.

In sheer dollar terms, the deal is big but not gigantic for Beck’s company. Dish will reportedly pay a “small” per-subscriber carriage fee, which likely means 5 cents to 10 cents per month per household. In its first year, then, the agreement will yield subscription revenues of less than $16 million. That’s not earth-shattering for a man whose multi-media empire was already closing in on revenues of $100 million even before he signed a new five-year, $100 million radio contract.

But that doesn’t reflect the increased ad revenues The Blaze will generate with the larger audience. And the Dish Network deal is only one of many Beck says he plans to make with cable and satellite operators.

Here’s what makes this really interesting, however: Even as it rolls out on Dish and other systems, The Blaze will continue to be available as an over-the-internet subscription service. In a little over a year operating in that form, it has amassed 300,000 customers who pay $9.95 a month. “Direct subscriptions continue to be a key part of our long-term strategy and we will continue to deliver our content over the Internet,” write The Blaze CEO Christopher Balfe in a blog post.

As a rule, the idea of direct subscriptions terrifies the cable industry. Distributors fear it because it enables cord-cutting; media companies loathe it because any move toward disintermediation threatens their current model, in which consumers have to pay for channels they don’t want in order to get the ones they do want.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 01:16 PM

I generally agree with your post. But Dish is putting it in their top 250 tier, which is smart. A lot of Glenn Beck fans will upgrade to the higher priced tier. Those who don't want to can buy it a la carte for $5 a month.

There are about 7 or 8 liberal news networks, DTV carries only one conservative one, Fox News. The Blaze fills a need and will easily get 6 times the viewership of Current.


Adolf Hitler could come back from hell and start his own show... It would also have more viewers than Current but that doesn't mean DirecTV should add The Hitler Channel. Yikes!:nono:

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 01:19 PM

I would rather pay $5.00 a month to keep this channel OFF THE AIR!




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