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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.

 

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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.

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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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I do not expect an equipment increase this year (beyond that already implemented). I believe DISH saw the agreement coming and made sure that they would be collecting enough revenue to cover the expected costs.
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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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Posted 04 March 2014 - 08:09 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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DISH already delivers international channels via IPTV. Why shouldn't the PayTV providers expand beyond their traditional cables and satellites? DISH also holds assignments for terrestrial broadcast and data services.

At the end of the day they deliver content from the content providers to the customers. All part of packaged PayTV. The new school way of thinking.
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Posted 04 March 2014 - 08:25 PM

ESPNClassic most of the time has repeats of old games.  That's good and all, but since they are already aired games... I think you can make a case for the content being On Demand content being more valuable than a linear channel anyway.

 

IF I want to watch a classic, even in instant-classic, game... I'd much rather be able to pick it from a list and watch whenever I want than to wait and hope it comes on the ESPNClassic schedule in the EPG.

 

I know I would probably partake of On Demand content for ESPNClassic more often than I ever tune to the channel.


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 08:29 PM

People were estimating the previous ESPN package to be in the $5/sub range even without Disney or ABC.

 

The new package with the additions including ABC and Disney is estimated where ...  $10/sub range?  Higher?


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 09:31 PM

People were estimating the previous ESPN package to be in the $5/sub range even without Disney or ABC.
 
The new package with the additions including ABC and Disney is estimated where ...  $10/sub range?  Higher?


That is pretty much the definition of an apples vs oranges comparison.
How about comparing everything vs everything? Or just ESPN vs just ESPN?

You're making it sound like the price of ESPN doubled when ESPN plus all the existing ABC content was already over $5 per month.
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Posted 04 March 2014 - 10:06 PM

When does it start?

When does it end?  (Sorry, Paul, I couldn't resist :)

 

Every time I hear of one of these "wonderful" deals, it makes me sick because I know that I am going to end up paying through the nose for something that I don't use.  I don't watch any of the ABC/Disney/ESPN channels (except occasionally I can receive WPVI OTA and I watch their 70s style Action News - it's the best thing that ABC does - I'll hum the theme for days afterwards).

 

I wouldn't mind if the programming was better, but it seems to be going downhill fast.  I'm getting closer and closer to cutting the cord; if it wasn't for Al Jazeera America, I think I might have already.


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 11:10 PM

ESPN Classic used to be in AT 250, but a couple years ago Dish moved it to the Sports Pak. I wonder if ESPN Classic will be back in AT250 then?



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Posted 05 March 2014 - 01:06 AM

OK, I'm going to be the Grumpy Gus about this because I think it is a major step backwards imposed by one of the largest and most profitable international entertainment conglomerates in the world.

 

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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.

 

So what you and the press are telling me is that you've received clarifying information indicating that this....

 

DISH will disable AutoHop functionality for ABC content within the C3 ratings window.

 

...means that the Disney folks settled for viewers pushing a skip button for the first three days and are further ok with auto skipping after that. So we know exactly what they did to all future viewers.

 

I guess it lets the other networks know that Dish was willing to give up the only significant benefit of having a Hopper over, say, having a DVR that is capable of simultaneously recording any five programs at once at any time (like the DirecTV Genie) or four programs at once at any time plus an incredible on-demand streaming selection (like the Xfinity X1 Platform)?

 

I agree with this assessment....

 

Dish could not risk a blackout of ESPN, which is by many measurements the most valuable channel to American TV subscribers. So by agreeing to disable AutoHop, the distributor is putting its corporate interests -- and Disney's interests -- ahead of ad-skipping innovation.

 

And I don't get the enthusiasm for what's described in this AP article:
 

...The agreement opens the way for the satellite TV service to live-stream Disney-owned channels like ESPN and ABC over the Internet to customers' smartphones, tablets, video game consoles and other devices.

 

The goal is to attract so-called cord-cutters who have become disenchanted with large channel packages and rising monthly bills for cable or satellite service.

 

Charlie Ergen, Dish Network Corp. chairman, hinted at the underpinnings of the deal last month, when he admitted that the traditional pay-TV business model — charging customers $80 or $100 a month for hundreds of channels, many of which they never watch — is not appealing to younger people.

 

Unless someone knows something I don't, paying for the ability to "live-stream Disney-owned channels" such as ABC and ESPN over the internet means watching commercials. What I'm getting from all this is that Charlie caved to the pressure to force viewers to watch commercials along with paying the channels for the right to watch content with commercials.

 

You see the writer of the AP article wrote this omitting what I'm inserting in bold italic:

 

With a string of recent deals, cable and satellite providers are beginning to acknowledge a brutal truth that companies like Hulu and Netflix have known all along: Many TV viewers, especially young ones, want shows and movies on their own terms — wherever, whenever and on whatever devices they choose without commercial interruptions.

 

I'm an old guy not some young guy up on the latest fads. I know that my best alternative to paying Dish or DirecTV or Xfinity $100+ a month is to really "cut the cord" (which really isn't cutting the cord) and use Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and iTunes in some combination of subscriptions and purchases at substantially less annual cost than having cable or satellite TV to view a lot of TV without commercials and, at least for the moment, a few days after they air stream for free shows from many channels if I'm willing to watch commercials.

 

Read this article published today TV Streaming Head-to-Head: Netflix vs Hulu vs Amazon Prime. Then think about how much subscribing to all three would cost compared to what you pay Dish.

 

I consider this acquiescence by Charlie as a clear indication that it is impossible to mount any real challenge to the five big TV conglomerates.

 

Now I must return to my spreadsheets to determine what is the most economical method of acquiring access to all the programming I want to see and, Charlie, so far you're not scoring well.

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:06 AM

This is what Stewart was replying to:

I don't want to use a system that won't allow me to watch a show until the fourth day after it aired.

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.


The press release said:

DISH will disable AutoHop functionality for ABC content within the C3 ratings window.


Your assumption in your earlier post that one could not record and immediately watch ABC content was incorrect. It is only the AutoHop (commercial skipping) that will not be available within C3. The multi-channel record feature PrimeTime AnyTime remains intact.
 

...means that the Disney folks settled for viewers pushing a skip button for the first three days and are further ok with auto skipping after that. So we know exactly what they did to all future viewers.


ABC will accept AutoHop after the C3 period ... apparently the value of those commercials has lessened after C3 - so it is a compromise. That is, until DISH and ABC work out a way to insert current ads in replayed ABC content. (That thought is also buried in the press release.)
 

What I'm getting from all this is that Charlie caved to the pressure to force viewers to watch commercials along with paying the channels for the right to watch content with commercials.


I still don't see where one is forced to watch ABC/ESPN/Disney commercials on the DVR. The skip buttons will still work and AutoHop will work on ABC after C3.
 

Now I must return to my spreadsheets to determine what is the most economical method of acquiring access to all the programming I want to see and, Charlie, so far you're not scoring well.


I hope that search turns out well for you ... for me there is a lot of content that simply is not available streamed at a reasonable price. Perhaps the younger generation has different tastes or is more patient with streamed media. If I went streamed I'd probably end up paying more for Internet bandwidth and losing any potential savings on a PayTV package. And I'd probably lose content.
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Posted 05 March 2014 - 05:12 AM

Forcing people to subscribe to cable/satellite to be able to watch programs on the web without use of cable or satellite will ultimately cost them viewership.  Maybe not this year or next, but in the not too distant future.  This sounds like nothing but an effort by the cable/satellite companies to try and keep people from going IP only.  It's an attempt to protect the company at the expense of the public.

 

And it will likely hurt both the carriers and the content providers.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 05:39 AM

 

The bottom line is that customers who want to watch only the stations they really want (instead of a package of networks) and want to watch online instead of through a cable are becoming more important to video companies and that should ultimate be good for consumers.

 

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