$5.00 for the new Dodgers channel.

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  2. slice1900

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    The article says there are only 300K Charter subscribers in the area, versus the more than 1.5 million TWC has. So other than being good news for Dodger fans in the areas being added, it doesn't change the equation much for Directv and all the other holdouts.

    In fact, the Charter guy's quote about looking at the channel's contact and finances makes it a certainty everyone else will continue to hold out, hoping that Charter decides to offer it on better terms.
     
  3. inkahauts

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    This should be interesting.....

    And just because they carry it immediately doesn't mean he can look at it anytime soon. They have to merge before he can mess with it and it's costs directly I think.
     
  4. KyL416

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    As long as they're still off of Cox and Comcast and/or U-Verse and FiOS and/or Dish and DirecTV that still leaves many areas with no access to the Dodgers.

    I wonder though, many times after a takeover is finalized the new provider drops any channels they don't have deals with on their new systems (i.e. after Comcast took over Adelphia they dropped several channels) Would Charter do the same, and what would that mean for Pac-12 since they're one of the major cable providers without a deal for the channel.
     
  5. slice1900

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    Wouldn't that depend on the terms of the contract? In some cases that might be a requirement "contract is void if you are acquired" or they might have clauses or pricing that the acquirer does not like. If they get rid of a channel like that which will be pretty popular in some markets, they won't win a lot of love from their new customers :)
     
  6. keenan

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    Typically the acquiring entity would honor the existing until it came up for renewal and then drop it at that time if they chose to do so. Given that this Dodger contract goes out until 2037 I don't think they'll be dropping the channel anytime soon. And if the did they would likely be liable for the balance amount of the contract owed to the Dodgers. If that happened, and I'd say it was extremely unlikely, then the Dodgers could bank the $7 billion or so and go get a new TV contract.
     
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    Since Charter has never been in the regional sports business, I wonder if they will use the merger to unload the channel.
     
  8. inkahauts

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    Drop? No o don't see that happening. But I could see them taking a write down like people had suggested would happen with Comcast and then offer it for a lot less. Or selling it, but I doubt that.
     
  9. slice1900

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    If they're planning on unloading all of TWC's broadcast properties, they may as well take advantage of that fact by offering it to the FCC as a carrot. Bet that would really grease the skids for a lightning fast approval.
     
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    The issue of vertical relationships should be one of utmost importance for the FCC in mergers like this one. Maybe Root Sports will take it and refuse to offer it a la carte. :)
     
  11. slice1900

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    I agree. My issue with the Comcast/TWC merger was the power they'd have with RSNs, as well as Comcast's ownership of NBC which never should have been allowed. Apparently the FCC was fine with that, and only objected due to their control of broadband.

    Fortunately even if TWC keeps their RSNs, Charter and Brighthouse don't add any more broadcast properties to the mix so this new deal is much more benign than the Comcast/TWC merger would have been.
     
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    So did Jimmy Fallon his first night on air in Leno's spot.........
     
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    To say that something went up in viewership because they added more people to able to view it is more common sense than it is anything. Now if the viewership didn't go up at all that would say something. What will be interesting to see is how much it costs them if the merger fails. Everyone knows this was politically motivated. It's not like the channel just got super valuable market wise compared to last year.
     
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    Nothing like making DirecTV's case for them, that's there's not enough programming to support the price being asked for the channel. ;-)

     
  17. TheRatPatrol

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    Sounds like its time to combine it with the Lakers channel.
     
  18. slice1900

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    Assuming the contract with the Dodgers will allow it.
     
  19. inkahauts

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    So they are getting rid of two shows one of which was excellent eye candy on a much more realistic channel? Lakers channels has a significant amount of programming by comparison including the Galaxy.
     
  20. slice1900

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    From the article, it sounds like the problem in general is that the audience for any non-game content is pretty small. Hardcore fans may watch a postgame press conference, but beyond that even with the Galaxy that leaves an average of what 22 hours a day they have to fill? Maybe the old RSN model where they have a half dozen teams in a region and use alts when games overlap is a more realistic model after all? Add the Padres, Clippers and Angels to these two channels all rolled into one and call it good. Easier to fill the extra time with one rerun each of all their games, press conferences and such and far less filler no one watches is required.
     

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