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Would Dish Network Really Consider Dropping ESPN?


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#1 OFFLINE   LazhilUT

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 07:03 AM

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If Dish drops ESPN and other Disney/ABC Channels...I will be gone, not ifs or buts...I watch ESPN all the time and my kid loves all the Disney channels.

Dish will experience a max exodus if this happens. Book it!



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#2 OFFLINE   Curtis0620

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 07:52 AM

Never gonna happen.


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Posted 05 September 2013 - 08:56 AM

Probably a more relevant question right now is what the new agreement entails (and yes, word is that there is a new agreement).

 

The notion that DISH would move forward without ESPN/Disney is complete nonsense.  This aint AMC . . .

 

Would be nice to get ALL ESPN feeds in HD and include Disney Jr to the lineup.  That is my hope.



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 08:57 AM

Could be, but if these channels are as expensive as they are rumored to be and they drop the price to the consumer, they could get a mass inflow as well.
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Posted 05 September 2013 - 09:07 AM

I would like to see the ESPN group treated as a premium add-on package.


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Posted 05 September 2013 - 09:27 AM

I would like to see the ESPN group treated as a premium add-on package.

So would I. Hate sports.


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Posted 05 September 2013 - 09:55 AM

Yup, Disney should be in the low tiers and ESPN should be a Premium.

 

Let the athletic supporters pay the exorbitant salaries of the jocks and stuffed shirts.

 

Let ESPN take the hit of being dropped for a few weeks.


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Posted 05 September 2013 - 10:23 AM

I would like to see the ESPN group treated as a premium add-on package.

I would like to see a split.  Disney and ESPN under separate contracts.  I don't watch the Disney channels so why should I have to pay for them.

I would be willing to pay a small premium for the ESPN channels.


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Posted 05 September 2013 - 03:49 PM

Would DISH consider dropping ESPN? Yes.
When the contract ends will ESPN be off of DISH? Most likely.
Will ESPN return to DISH? Yes.

Hopefully it is not a long drawn out battle ... but I do not expected an uninterrupted renewal process.
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Posted 05 September 2013 - 05:23 PM

I will be surprised if we even lose a day.... let me check...  wait...  I checked the calendar...  ok 9/30 falls on a Monday... which means 10/1 would be after Monday Night Football... so I suppose IF Dish played a little hardball they could let ESPN go dark from Tuesday through Thursday afternoon before the college game that night... worst case until the following Monday.

 

So... while I'm still betting on 0 days without ESPN...  I could see a 3-6 day window here for hardball.


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Posted 05 September 2013 - 05:43 PM

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 10:13 PM

Live sports is the one thing keeping me from "cutting the cord." If Dish was to drop ESPN for any period of time that might just be the push I need to drop Dish.



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Posted 06 September 2013 - 04:09 AM

Somebody has to be the guinea pig and prove that you can be profitable without ESPN.  Charlie could be gutsy enough and maverick enough to try it.  But he'd lose a ton of customers like me, and it's not certain whether he'd gain as many as he lost, especially since ABC O&O are tied to the deal.



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Posted 06 September 2013 - 06:06 AM

Never gonna happen.

I would expect to see a few days of standoff on this.

 

The said reality is that bills are now at $100 a month for people and pay tv outlets are losing customers.   There is a sweet spot for consumers in probably the $85 - $95 range and after that the cord is getting cut.    So the pressure on Dish, Directv, and so forth is likely to try in vain to keep the bills at that point.

 

I see ESPN ONLY getting its asking price if the channels are in the 200 and above packages.    This would allow Dish to free up the 120 package and keep the price in check.   However, I don't see ESPN doing this and then they'll have to come back and negotiate on price in the 120 package.   I see this is where the issues are going to be.   But throw in also the slate of other ABC owned channels and where they fall out in the tier.

 

I would not be surprised at all to see a few days where ESPN goes dark to prove a point.   Question is how many would switch in that short period?   I don't think too many would because they'd expect it to work out.

 

I also wonder how much the Hopper issues enter into this with the ABC channels owned.

 

It's the great convergence of issues.


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Posted 06 September 2013 - 06:59 AM

Keep in mind, the ESPN channels are in the next level package down from the 120 package, Dish America?  I believe.  I currently have the bare minimum package to get my local RSN's, 120+, and paying nearly $100 just 4 that.  When I started, the 120 pack (or I should say the equivalent of it) was only $19.99.  Its now double that; triple w/ the + add-on.  I'm seriously considering dropping down to America, to save $ and still have ESPN.

 

p.s.,  I'm assuming local channels are included in America?!?!?   I hope.

 

edit:  Doh!  its actually more than double, 150% increase, after just now checking the prices.


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Posted 06 September 2013 - 07:27 AM

The primary key to all this will be (must be) the separation of ESPN from the rest of the Disney/ABC channels.  It has to happen.


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Posted 06 September 2013 - 09:40 AM

The primary key to all this will be (must be) the separation of ESPN from the rest of the Disney/ABC channels.  It has to happen.

That is one thing that will not happen.


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Posted 06 September 2013 - 10:54 AM

What other channels are the Mickey Mouse Corp forcing down our throats along with ESPN?  If it is just ABC family, I would be interested in  package options without them both.


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Posted 06 September 2013 - 11:09 AM

I wonder just how much someone could *realistically* save on their bill if ESPN/Disney went away.



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Posted 06 September 2013 - 12:01 PM

Drop a channel that carries Monday Night Football and the BCS bowls? No way.


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