You say that over and over, so thanks to our friends at the AVS Fourm, I went to their HD carriage chart to compare (sports in SD isn't watchable, so I'm not counting those channels). Dish's biggest shortfall is the New York market, where they don't carry any of the RSNs in HD as well as MASN. The only other channels I see that they don't carry in HD is Fox Sports2 and Fox Sports+, which we all know D* only carries selected live events and is an ala carte channel. So your comment has some merit, but if D* doesn't sign to carry the SEC, PAC 12, and the Longhorn Channels, you can no longer make that claim. Next to the NFL, college football is a must have, and Dish will carry all of them.
That's a mighty big "if" to worry about Directv not announcing SECN yet, since it doesn't launch for nearly six months. Dish hasn't announced they're renewing BTN when it expires at the end of next season, should we worry about that too?
The Longhorn Network is a single team network that carries only one or two irrelevant games a year (it isn't like Texas/Oklahoma is on that channel) so it is hardly a pressing concern. Nevertheless, given that Dish agreed to carry it, Disney may force it on providers in order to get ESPN, so Directv may end up carrying it when they renew their deal with ESPN.
Dish doesn't "carry all of them", because I believe every Big 12 school now has their own team channel. We only hear about Longhorn Network because Texas is the biggest school in college sports, but even Iowa State has the "Cyclones.tv" channel which is carried on Mediacom in Iowa (in HD!) but pretty sure it'll never be carried by either Directv or Dish. I'm sure the same is true for channels from schools like Kansas, Baylor and Texas Tech. Even Texas is only able to win carriage deals via ESPN's muscle, if it wasn't for that it would still cover only 2% of Austin as it did during its first year of operation.
Edited by slice1900, 05 March 2014 - 07:11 PM.
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