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DirecTV to hit 5 million subscribers with $3 monthly sports surcharge


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#21 OFFLINE   longrider

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 05:24 PM

I like my sports, but it's time for a stand.  Players and sports leagues are generating too much money and they don't need to pick our pockets at will.  I'm willing to forgo YES, MSG and SCNY, plus ESPN.  They're just not that important to me anymore.  If I want their games, I'll subscribe to a sports package like Extra Innings or Center Ice.  Directv needs to address this, head on, and tell those sports networks that they're going to de-link their services from the rest of their packages and make them stand on their own two feet.  I could see these markets backing down, if they where to do this.

I agree, but for it to work all the major providers (DirecTV, Dish, Comcast) would have to do it at the same time, otherwise customers who want sports would just switch providers. The networks deliberately stagger the contract dates so that the service providers would never have this power, plus if they did try it i could see the government getting involved with collusion charges


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