Posted 02 January 2014 - 08:45 AM
One thing about these disputes up until now (as far as I'm aware of) is that channels rarely get dropped permanently once they've been carried for a long time. I think Dish has a few and maybe DirecTV as well, but so far, that seems to be the exception and not the rule.
However, and this is a big however, if carriage agreements continue to become an item of contention (highly likely), and channels do get permanently dropped, we should be seeing prices drop if a big one goes bye-bye or multiple small ones (cumulatively).
I would be curious if DirecTV--who recently raised prices noting increased programming costs--would go the other way if they dumped a carriage agreement, without any intention of carrying it or anything else like it in the future?
I would imagine that there might be some backlash if they didn't do this, not a wide backlash, but a backlash nonetheless. I would be up in arms. Personally, I don't believe DirecTV would ever do this, no matter what got chopped.
The question I have is: how would you feel if they chopped off a channel on the order of $1 to $2 per month and didn't adjust your bill accordingly? What would happen if, over the span of two years, they dropped multiple channels totaling $5 or more per month without any adjustment and instead continued to raise prices? Would you leave?