Very disappointed with this. It's not because I'm a Red Sox fan living in California (which I am) and therefore have no use for the Dodgers, but because these humongous sums of money take the fun out of a simple game that brings joy to millions. I'm not naive enough to think there will be this massive fan revolt, but sooner or later people will either lose interest or begin to pirate the games (and other channels with them.) Rational pricing begets rational customers.
This is the kind of content provider greed that quite honestly threatens to dismantle the pay-TV model. First, people abandon pay TV for streaming alternatives, then without the cash-cow pay TV deals, streaming costs to the customer shoot through the roof. Next thing you know there is massive piracy and everyone loses.
And let me tell you, if you don't live in Southern California, don't sit back and chuckle because you think this is a CA problem. This is your problem too, any of you who live in markets where there are teams with nationwide appeal. Hey Chicagoans, how would you like to pay for a channels for the Bears, another for the Cubs, another for the White Sox, another for the Bulls, another for the Blackhawks...
And if you live in, I don't know, central Iowa or whatever (no offense intended to Buckeyes, just making an example) you'll pay more to import those team feeds, too.
Major miscalculation on the Dodgers' part, and major miscalculation on TWC's part in not bundling the Dodgers into TWC SportsNet.
pay for a channels for the Bears I don't the NFL rules will let teams have there own channels and if we get to that NFL ST will need like 32 HD channels in less the games show up ON RSN channels (then just need remapping and if cables wants NFT ST some day indemand may need to shutdown or cut NBA LP, MLB EI, NHL CI down to 1 feed per game and limited HD on Sundays to fit it all games in HD and SD with just 1 feed a game also have to plan for overlap.
Also the NFL may not want games to end up stuff like CSN phlly or CSN NW that are on very systems in the local area that being a VERY BIG Change for all local games on OTA TV.
In the past the Cubs have talked about about having there own channel like YES.
But right now the teams do fine with 80% of CSN Chicago and a high number of games on WGN / WCIU. AS well all of the WGN America games.
In the past the bulls, sox, and blackhawks had there games on the pre cable PAY UHF channels and when sports vision moved to cable I think it was like a few bucks a mo add on to basic cable.
But in Winnipeg they have the season TSN JETS channel for $10 /mo. Maybe some thing like that can work for Team channels.
And maybe for multi team channels say $7* mo or a flat yearly cost with a price brake for paying up front.
* for that to work the basic pack with have to be priced for not having the RSN channel part of it.
But haveing team channel wanting say $10 year round even in the off season does not really work to well even more so with it foreced into the base pack.
Also the Blackhawks tried ppv and that did not last for long + bars where stealing it or paying the home rates for it also it got in way on some systems with other ppv events needing the same bandwidth.
Any ways back then I was very into the bulls on tv and that was on the main sports channel / the CLTV sports channel over flow slot and wgn.
It was hard to get bulls tickets then and very few people went to blackhawks games.
Now the blackhawks are doing very well and there tv ratings are very good.
Edited by JoeTheDragon, 29 January 2013 - 05:07 PM.
I want CLTV / CLTV HD on direct tv.