Doesn't Comcast carry root? Seems it does.
Explain why altitude is on if direct doesn't want to show the competition.
Besides, a provider wants to say they have it all. Keeping channels from others makes sense. Keeping a channel off your system does not. In the first, you get customers the competition doesn't. In the second, you can only lose.
So, what is your logic?
You know TonyD79, I do not know much about Altitude, so I am not the best person for that analysis. If you want to research that, which includes understanding the market, talking to the teams, the news and columnists in the market, the cable/satellite providers in the market, go for it. It's way beyond what Google can provide you. I know that's tough for you - thinking outside of a computer and understanding demographics, marketing, accounting, and money. If you want to know about Altitude then you will need to do your own footwork.
You also need to go back into history and understand the Blazers and the whole programming fiasco it's had for much longer than CSN and Root/FSN. Go back to the Action Sports Channel and follow that dialogue as well. Go back to the Blazer Vision PPV days and follow that as well. Sorry, TonyD79, Google is not going to provide you all this history and how things built to today.
As for a provider wanting to say it has it all, really? Take a look around, who has it all? There is not one single provider with it "all."
You need to stop viewing things from a consumer perspective and instead from a TV distributor/channel owner's perspective. This is where you are so flawed in your understanding and analysis.
By restricting access of it's competitors, Directv: (1) has less competition for Root, (2) keeps costs lower because it's harder for a competitor to bid up the market if his access to the consumers is lacking, (3) it's much harder to take a channel off a system than it is to add a new one, (4) CSN has a weaker foothold in Seattle than it does in Portand - Root is still #1 in the Seattle viewer's eye...and Seattle has about 2 1/2 times the number of households than Oregon does.
The reality is that now with Pac 12 gone completely there is not enough local content in the Pacific Northwest to satisfy two channels. Long term, one needs to go for anyone to make any real money. We have the NBA Trail Blazers and the MLB Mariners, that's basically it. There is some Big Sky football and basketball mixed in there, but that draws very little eyeballs to the games. We have a Big Sky team in Portland State and Eastern Washington in Spokane area. Neither are huge draws and neither is in Seattle, the largest market in the footprint. There are two MLS soccer teams, Portland and Seattle; while they are fun, reality says they are niche sports and get only a fraction of the viewership the Mariners or the Blazers get.
Back in Root NW's heydays ala FSN NW, we had the plus channel activated quite often. Simply put there was just too much content for one channel. There was the Supersonics as well. There was so much content that FSN-NW was unable to carry, University of Oregon pulled out and went with CSN-NW for it's owned games. So CSN-NW had a good starting baseline - Blazers and UofO sports to work with. They imported Vancouver NHL as well, something we didn't have in this market; FSN-NW probably didn't import it because they already had so much content.
TonyD79, believe whatever you want. Clearly you do not understand marketing and demographics. It's not about total viewers. It's about the viewers that spend money. You can have 20M customers and not make money. You can have 15M viewers and make more money. As I stated before, this is not a technology issue, which surely you know about. This is about finding the right mix of customer and being able to offer him a product and make money on it.
You also need to consider the legacies channels and how Comcast acquired them from various other providers with existing contracts and relationships in place. It's always easier to renew an existing contract than it is to start a new channel. Back in the day TCI cable - way before Comcast and ATT owned it, TCI cable was a local run outfit - and of course it will carry local content. Comcast inherited those relationships and they continue to this day. Maybe that's what occurred in Denver, I do not know. Go find out yourself.
Edited by WebTraveler, 23 November 2012 - 08:36 AM.