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The Walt Disney Company and DISH Network Sign Groundbreaking Long-Term, Wide-Ranging Agreement


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#21 OFFLINE   rajmarie

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 12:10 PM

Finally. Disney is one of the most watched channels for my kids and having it on-demand is bonus. And finally access to espn3.

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 12:37 PM

^ This part is great. It should light a fire under the collective a**es of the DirecTV people to deliver "Fusion, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, as well as Longhorn Network and the upcoming SEC ESPN Network." (That's not to say when. But that, from the position of remaining a competitive business, it must … happen from DirecTV. )

 

Deals are up when they are up and Dish's deal was up before DIRECTV's.  Based on the numbers, DIRECTV has been more than competitive as they continue to add customers while cable has not and even Dish has struggled at times.   DIRECTV will have their turn at the table as well.  


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 12:39 PM

Equal Access would increase their customer base.  More people would be able to subscribe.  People that don't have access to, or can't afford a full PayTV service.

 

 

Actually, no.  Pretty simple math for Disney on this.


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 12:49 PM

As part of the accord, DISH will disable AutoHop functionality for ABC content within the C3 ratings window.

 

Let me put this in what it means to me. It pretty much eliminates my interest in a Hopper to replace my 722 and 612 combination.

 

I don't want to use a system that won't allow me to watch a show until the fourth day after it aired. Yes ABC content could be recorded on one of the other two Hopper internal tuners. But in the long term we all know that CBS, NBC and Fox will want this deal.

 

Some shows are really time sensitive. For instance, on ABC "Dancing with the Stars" will be starting up soon replacing "The Bachelor", both of which are prime "around the water cooler" discussion subjects and are immediate internet "news" headlines. Every network has one or more of these, and sometimes, like on Monday, two are opposite each other.

 

The real problem here is that this wasn't negotiated as a separate package so I could opt out of paying for a Disney/ABC/ESPN conglomerate package. With that option, we'd get to know just how important to people it is to make this conglomerate wealthier.

 

As I think about it, this deal may mean my leaving Dish at some point because of equipment choices which really shocks me.


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 12:54 PM

Let me put this in what it means to me. It pretty much eliminates my interest in a Hopper to replace my 722 and 612 combination.
 
I don't want to use a system that won't allow me to watch a show until the fourth day after it aired. Yes ABC content could be recorded on one of the other two Hopper internal tuners. But in the long term we all know that CBS, NBC and Fox will want this deal.


To be clear, in case you misunderstood the press release, you will be able to watch the DVRed ABC show immediately.. it's just the AutoHop commercial skipping that will be delayed by 3 days.  You can watch the DVRed content the night it is recorded and skip the commercials manually just like on any other channel.


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 12:56 PM

DISH to Provide SEC Network Nationally for August 14, 2014 Debut

 

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ESPN and DISH (NASDAQ: DISH) have reached an agreement for nationwide carriage of the SEC Network on DISH when the multiplatform network launches, August 14, 2014. The deal is part of a larger comprehensive long-term distribution agreement announced by DISH and the Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS). DISH is the SEC Network's first nationwide television provider.

 

The channel will be available to fans and followers of the Southeastern Conference in DISH's America's Top 120+ and higher packages across the country. DISH subscribers will also have authenticated access to additional live events scheduled for the SEC Network's digital platform, with the ability to watch SEC Network content anytime, anywhere on their television, computer, tablet or mobile device.

 

"Few fan bases rival the passion and loyalty of the SEC, and DISH is proud to be the first nationwide television provider of the SEC Network," said Dave Shull, DISH executive vice president and chief commercial officer. "We strive to give our customers and consumers what they want, and there's no better place for the college sports fan than with DISH."

 

The SEC Network and its accompanying digital platform will air more than 1,000 live events in its first year, including at least 45 exclusive SEC football games, more than 100 men's basketball games, 60 women's basketball games, 75 baseball games, 50 softball games and events across all of the SEC's 21 sports. The network will be an all-access pass to nationally competitive events, news and information, expert analysis, classic games and in-depth features on the most storied conference in college athletics.

 

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said, "This is an important day for the SEC Network. We are pleased to welcome DISH to the SEC family. More than five months ahead of the network launch, it's exciting to have a national distributor and our first satellite provider onboard. Now SEC fans from across the country have another way to show their conference pride and sign up to get the SEC Network."

 

"This agreement provides DISH customers nationwide with access to every SEC college football game this fall and an unparalleled fan experience of more SEC content than ever before," said Justin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president, college networks.

 

Details on the SEC Network's channel number will be available on www.dish.com at a later date. Financial terms and other details of the agreement were not disclosed.

 

About DISH

DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiary DISH Network L.L.C., provides approximately 14.057 million satellite TV customers, as of Dec. 31, 2013, with the highest quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value. Subscribers enjoy a high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com.

 

About SEC Network

The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network which will launch in August 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform will air SEC content 24/7 including more than 1,000 events in its first year. The network will televise approximately 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men's basketball games, 60 women's basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC's 21 sports annually. Programming will also include studio shows, original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, signing day and pro days coverage. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports will be offered exclusively on the digital platform. AT&T U-Verse, DISH and National Rural Telecommunications cooperative (NRTC) have agreed to carry the SEC Network.


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 12:57 PM

DISH to Deliver Longhorn Network to Texas Fans Nationwide

 

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ESPN and DISH (NASDAQ: DISH) have reached an agreement for DISH to carry Longhorn Network (LHN), the 24/7 channel devoted to the University of Texas, within the state of Texas and nationwide. The deal is part of a larger announcement made by DISH and the Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS).

 

The channel will be available to DISH customers in the America's Top 120+ and higher packages nationwide later this summer. In addition, DISH customers who receive LHN as part of their satellite service will be able to enjoy the network's exclusive live events and content on their computers and iOS devices - at home or on-the-go.

 

"DISH is the best place for college sports fans to follow the teams they love," said Dave Shull, DISH executive vice president and chief commercial officer. "ESPN has a long tradition of delivering the best in sports, and we are proud to be the first nationwide television provider of the Longhorn Network."

 

LHN launched in 2011 and televises more than 175 athletic events in 20 sports annually, as well as academic and cultural programming from in and around the greater Austin community. DISH customers have access to exclusive Longhorn games, Texas coaches' shows, dedicated pre- and post-game football coverage, basketball and baseball games, nightly news/information programming, in-depth features and all-access content and programs covering the history and pride of Texas athletics.

 

"We are excited to have DISH join the growing list of LHN providers," said University of Texas Men's Athletics Director Steve Patterson. "UT fans nationwide will now have access to this award-winning network that does such a great job in covering our university's sports and academics programs. As we have said from day one, this is a long-term commitment and we are very proud of our partnership with ESPN."

"This agreement with DISH presents a tremendous opportunity to bring Longhorn Network's robust content offerings to Texas fans across the country," said ESPN's Justin Connolly, senior vice president, college networks.

 

The deal between ESPN and DISH more than doubles LHN's national distribution. Details on LHN's channel number will be available on www.dish.com at a later date. Financial terms and other details of the agreement were not disclosed.

 

About DISH

DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiary DISH Network L.L.C., provides approximately 14.057 million satellite TV customers, as of Dec. 31, 2013, with the highest quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value. Subscribers enjoy a high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com.

 

About Longhorn Network

ESPN has a 20-year agreement to own and operate a year-round, 24-hour network dedicated to Texas athletics in partnership with UT and IMG College. Longhorn Network offers a variety of content, highlighted by more than 175 exclusive events annually from 20 sports, original series and studio shows, historical programming and academic and cultural happenings.


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 12:58 PM

I could be wrong... but these two press releases today sure make it sound like Longhorn Network and SEC Network will be in AT120+ and above for everyone... as opposed to being in MultiSport like Pac12, and BigTen.


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 01:10 PM

I don't want to use a system that won't allow me to watch a show until the fourth day after it aired. Yes ABC content could be recorded on one of the other two Hopper internal tuners. But in the long term we all know that CBS, NBC and Fox will want this deal.

 

Some shows are really time sensitive. For instance, on ABC "Dancing with the Stars" will be starting up soon replacing "The Bachelor", both of which are prime "around the water cooler" discussion subjects and are immediate internet "news" headlines. Every network has one or more of these, and sometimes, like on Monday, two are opposite each other.

I rarely watch shows within a week of when they aired.  It's often weeks, months or years later.  I have several first run episodes on my HTPC from early last year I haven't watched yet.

 

I never watch amateur hour game shows.


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 01:49 PM

Funny how the sec network launch was pushed up a week partly due to Dish networks interests.

"The SEC Network has moved up its launch date by one week to Aug. 14 in part due to the Dish Network, which this week became the channel's largest distributor, ESPN senior vice president of programming Justin Connolly said today.
"I think we looked at it as an opportunity both in consultation with Dish and then generally speaking to provide a little bit longer window of time for consumers and fans who may be making a decision in terms of provider," said Connolly, who oversees the SEC Network."

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 02:50 PM

I could be wrong... but these two press releases today sure make it sound like Longhorn Network and SEC Network will be in AT120+ and above for everyone... as opposed to being in MultiSport like Pac12, and BigTen.

You are correct.



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Posted 04 March 2014 - 03:08 PM

I wonder what that will mean for Pac12 and Big Ten next time those get negotiated.  If Longhorn and SEC Network go to everyone nationwide... and Pac12 and Big Ten are only for those DMAs or Multisport... I'm betting Pac12 and Big Ten will want similar nationwide carriage when their next contract comes up.


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 03:10 PM

I wonder what that will mean for Pac12 and Big Ten next time those get negotiated. If Longhorn and SEC Network go to everyone nationwide... and Pac12 and Big Ten are only for those DMAs or Multisport... I'm betting Pac12 and Big Ten will want similar nationwide carriage when their next contract comes up.

If that's the case I bet D* doesn't pick them up.

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 03:50 PM

As Dish raised our programming prices last month, Dish will probably raise equipment prices in June... AGAIN.... To pay for more ESPN.


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 06:22 PM

As Dish raised our programming prices last month, Dish will probably raise equipment prices in June... AGAIN.... To pay for more ESPN.

HUH?  I don't recall equipment prices rising separately from the usual February increases.  When was the last time this happened? 


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 06:24 PM

More channels than ESPN asked for (and received) more money.... and more channels will do so again this year.  I get that some like ESPN and others don't, but blaming ESPN for costs of pay TV is beginning to be an old rant.


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 06:43 PM

HUH?  I don't recall equipment prices rising separately from the usual February increases.  When was the last time this happened?


In February 2010 there were no package price increases, equipment fees increased instead. In June 2010 AT200 and AT250 got a $2 increase. In February 2011 there was an additional $5 increase (all AT packages). The 2011 increase came with a two year "no increase" promise. In 2013 there was an additional $5 increase on most AT packages, $10 on AT120+ and $15 on AEP. This year there was a $5 increase on all AT packages except AT120+.
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Posted 04 March 2014 - 06:54 PM

Not sure if anyone else caught the part about "ESPN Classic will be reintroduced as a video on demand channel."  I wonder if going forward ESPN is willing to swap ESPN Classic for SEC Network?  Much like they did a few years back when they let cable/sat switch ESPN Classic and ESPNU.  

 

Going forward this could be a big bonus for Dish Network-They will have LHN and SEC Network to add to Pac-12, BTN, and ESPNU.  Pretty clear they could advertise to the college sports fan and say they have all the games and major conferences you want to see.  Plus they are one of the few national providers that also have an authentication deal with the NFL Network for NFL Net and RedZone streaming via XBoxOne and the NFL Network iOS app. 



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Posted 04 March 2014 - 07:36 PM

Since I do not use a Hopper nor do I watch ANY ABC programing I really do not care that deal has taken away the auto hop feature. Additionally, since I have no doubt that all other Networks will want this deal I am happy that I only watch two and a half hours of network programing a week!



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Posted 04 March 2014 - 07:38 PM

 

Analysts believe that it's only a matter of time before the pay-TV industry has to offer an Internet-only option, and the Dish-Disney deal is the clearest sign yet that the industry may reluctantly play along. Satellite competitor DIRECTV has also suggested it might offer a lower-priced Net service with basic channels and, in a statement to USA TODAY, says it is working on its own similar agreement with Disney.

 

 

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