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$5.00 for the new Dodgers channel.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by lipcrkr, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. Jan 30, 2013 #41 of 921
    fleckrj

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    :eek2:I do not think many people in Iowa care at all about the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes are in Ohio. :rolleyes:
     
  2. Jan 30, 2013 #42 of 921
    Laxguy

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    Trees! He was referring to the noble Buckeye tree....:D

    Oh, dang, I bet someone will say they don't grow in Iowa...
    ~borned and bred an Illini.
     
  3. Jan 30, 2013 #43 of 921
    trainman

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    Unless the Dodgers are going to use all their new TV money to transplant Vin's voice box into a tortoise, I wouldn't be too surprised to see him retire after this season -- which would make the new channel all Charley Steiner, all the time.
     
  4. Jan 30, 2013 #44 of 921
    tonyd79

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    Ewww.
     
  5. Jan 30, 2013 #45 of 921
    Stuart Sweet

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    OK, I guess the joke was a little to subtle for some of you. Yes, I know the Buckeyes are in Ohio. One of my old favorites:

    Don't mean any offense to Iowans, Mainers, or Ohioans, it's just one of my quirky yet adorable ideosyncracies that I perpetually say Iowa and mean Ohio, and vice versa. It makes me chuckle, that's all.
     
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    fleckrj

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    I was wondering if that was the case. Eppi Lederer (aka Ann Landers), who was from Iowa, wrote something similar about 50 years ago (and, yes, I am that old) ;)
     
  7. Jan 30, 2013 #47 of 921
    jahgreen

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    No, he doesn't.
     
  8. Jan 30, 2013 #48 of 921
    je4755

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    This sentiment also encompasses Philly expatriates who wish to see local HD broadcasts of their former home teams along with such shows as Daily News Live.
     
  9. Jan 30, 2013 #49 of 921
    oakwcj

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    You either have an unrealistically high opinion of the Dodgers, or a completely unwarranted low opinion of Scully. In either case, you are sadly mistaken.
     
  10. Jan 30, 2013 #50 of 921
    Satelliteracer

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    Time Warner announced yesterday a RSN fee as well, $2.25. They also are raising rates in Los Angeles at 8.2%. Directv is raising rates at 4.5%.
     
  11. Jan 30, 2013 #51 of 921
    JoeTheDragon

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    Now let's say the law comes down on fees like that or least the way they are being billed or say if there are billed like that people must be able to say no to them.
     
  12. Jan 30, 2013 #52 of 921
    Satelliteracer

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    They can say no to them. In which case, they can move to a package that doesn't have RSNs and thus they won't have the RSN fee.

    Wish it wasn't like that, but this is what sports fees have done and companies are trying to find ways where someone that doesn't want to bear those extra costs can move out and not pay them (i.e. downgrade to the Entertainment package).

    I harken back to a lot of industries that have changed over the years. As an example, tomorrow I get on a plane, I can pay $25 to check a bag in or bring a carry on and not pay that fee. It used to be I didn't have to pay anything for those bags AND I got a "free" meal and "free" drinks. Just one of oh so many examples.
     
  13. Jan 30, 2013 #53 of 921
    JoeTheDragon

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    but it's not added bag fee it all the other hidden other forced fees that the law came down on and forced to show a upfront all in fee.
     
  14. Jan 30, 2013 #54 of 921
    lipcrkr

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    What WILL happen is just what i did. I dropped down 2 tiers from Ultimate to Choice. People who, like me, will try to offset the outrageous prices for sports by giving them less money out of my pocket for their packages.
     
  15. Jan 31, 2013 #55 of 921
    acostapimps

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    You're scaring me I hope that never happens, but then again IT IS HAPPENING with Lakers channel,and the EVIL VIACOM.
     
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    Because the Dodgers wanted their own channel. They now own this channel and broadcast rights, including the broadcast rights of any other team than may join this channel. They would not have had this if they were on the other channel.

    Plus, it is a nice way to hide revenue from revenue sharing
     
  17. Jan 31, 2013 #57 of 921
    DodgerKing

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    A 1.14 in LA represents more total viewers than 2 to 5 times that in most other markets.

    Advertisers care more about how many are watching and the demographics of those viewers vs the percentage of a market.
     
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    Laxguy

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    Imagine my shock when I checked in to fly to LV for CES good old Spirit Airlines informed me that wanted the same fee for carry-ons.... But so far, no charge for the toilets.... should I have been grateful for that? :nono2:
     
  19. Jan 31, 2013 #59 of 921
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    The players will figure that out soon enough and it will come up during the next contract negotiation. Very short term.

    What is more long-term is that this supposed $5 is intended to have TWC being the only carrier of Dodger baseball in SoCal. A fee that TWC won't really be paying since it co-owns the channel. If they set the fee high enough, other carriers will balk and they get more subscribers. Or maybe they pay the high fee. Win-win.

    Pretty much what DirecTV does with Sunday Ticket.
     
  20. Jan 31, 2013 #60 of 921
    gully_foyle

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    If there is any silver lining, it will be to set sports programming in a separate tier of service. There are a lot of DirecTV customers who, like me, watch almost no sports and will resist paying big price jumps to subsidize those that do. It's been tolerable, to an extent, but looks like the brown stuff is nearing the fan.
     

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