The pac 12 channel is very similar to the big10 network. Don't they charge a higher rate per subscriber in that local area and a lower rate for the rest of the nation? The pac 12 is surely worth $90 cents each on the west coast and $20 cents everywhere else.
It seems most of the posters here are looking at this Pac 12 deal in isolation. The issue is, if collegiate football keeps fragmenting into mini networks with their own high bar fee requirements, who here thinks it won't ultimately push your bill higher, and fracture your access. If you want this game, you need DTV, if you want that game...Dish or Time Warner. It's a spaghetti of deals and fees being hatched.
I do have problem with the Pac 12 setting major records on fees ($3 billion to ESPN and Fox last year) And shutting out a network over record fee demands. DTV has signed a bunch of deals already like this and I'm sure they are thinking this cant keep going in this economy without a good percentage of subscriber drop offs/cord cutters.
Directv is by no means a saint but we DTV/Pac 12 fans are on the same side on this one. It's really frustrating that the Pac 12 is going after fees in a kind of scorched earth way, creating ad campaigns encouraging people to dump DTV and blocking games. This is a conference dominated by public universities with a mandate for equal access to education. Yet the collegiate sports side is being run like a hardball professional sports franchise.
Look at this recent interview with Larry Scott. He clearly wants to send the message that he believes DTV will lose customers and he is content to give his demands time to marinate while we lack access.http://m.youtube.com...h?v=hpd3J23EIrM