Posted 08 May 2013 - 09:36 AM
Blame ESPN and Disney for refusing to negotiate the rights to their Watch apps outside of the renewal of the contracts for their main channels. Unfortunately last time DirecTV and ESPN negotiated their contract Watch ESPN and ESPN3's previous incarnation ESPN 360 didn't exist.
Exactly, it didn't exist when DirecTV and ESPN signed their last contract, and ESPN won't sign a seperate new contract just to add WatchESPN to an existing contract for the regular channels.
DirecTV seems unwilling to void their existing contract for the regular ESPN channels to sign a new contract that includes them and the Watch ESPN rights (probably because they would have to pay a lot more for the ESPN channels than they have to under the current contract).
So it looks like we going to have to wait until DirecTV's current contract with ESPN runs out and they have to sign a new one (whenever that is?).
Edited by Beerstalker, 08 May 2013 - 09:37 AM.
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