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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by mws192, Sep 9, 2019.
Meant Youtube TV.
If ESPN goes away we will soon find out just how big a deal sports is to the millions of "D" subscribers. Staggering I believe.
Not good timing for D* with college football and NFL underway. Only consolation is ESPN's baseball coverage ends after the Wild Card round.
Also not good timing with a critical MLS game this Sunday between DC United vs Portland Timbers. Both teams needing a win to stay in the playoff hunt. That alone along with Wayne Rooney will bring in decent ratings for ESPN.
Wow. I don’t know what to make of that (whether it favors good or bad news), but U guess I’m kind of impressed?
This 16 1/2 year subscriber among them...
The Disney Channel, Disney Jr., Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN Classic, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, ESPNU, ESPN News, Freeform, SEC ESPN, ACC Network. Plus ABC O&O. More than sports.
DIRECTV viewers can get sports via other channels. Monday Night Football (ESPN) would be lost but there are plenty of other games on the system.
James, I'm not saying that ESPN is the only sports network or that it can't be found elsewhere. What I am saying, that many don't realize, is that ESPN and its brothers, is now so ingrained in our sports entertainment life that if it goes away the fallout will be dramatic beyond what anyone foresees. Not just college football, basketball, baseball, women's softball games. The college and pro game list is enormous. Plus shows like Sports Center, First Take, Fantasy Football, PTI. If only ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN News goes dark the effects will be akin to withdrawal symptoms. The word FAN is short for FANATIC. Sports junkies of all ages will respond to losing ESPN etc. I do not think that I am over stating the emotion.
The interim solution for customers, if it goes dark, is to do a trial subscription to Hulu, YouTube, sling and ps vue. I believe they all last about a week.
Folks blaming DirecTv for this may not be completely on the right side of what's happening. There is no way to know which side is to blame, but I'm guessing it's 60/40 with Disney at 60% blame.
I have no way of knowing, so it's pure speculation on my part. There is no way it's 100% DirecTV though.
Folks will blame DirecTV, for sure. Will be interesting to watch (pun intended).
This article from TechHive pretty much states don't blame Deathstar here blame the Mouse. It highlights how Spectrum agreed to a deal with Mouse with no issue and now they are increasing their rates again.
Don't blame AT&T and DirecTV if ESPN gets blacked out
I blame DTV cause I lose channels during these disputes, but my bill goes up. DTV has a huge profit yearly, they say they are doing what’s right for their consumers, but continuing to lose programming while rates stay the same isn’t doing what’s best for your consumers.
And if DTV didn't take a hard line and paid what those content providers wanted them to pay, your bill would be even higher. So they should just cave?
I signed up for a free trial of YTTV. Not sure if it was a limited time special but I got 3 weeks free trial.
So far it is pretty impressive.
Not to derail this topic, but if the blackout occurs, it looks like Sling would be the cheapest alternative (excluding free trials)? Only interested in the ESPN channels. The Orange package looks like the best option.
Take ESPN off zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Will your D* bill go down ---NO remove it or keep it - lose- lose for subscribers
If they go dark it's Disney's call NOT DirecTV. Why fuss at DTV and not Disney??
Because I pay DTV to have those stations. Paying 200 a month for 300 channels that 95% of them are things I don’t watch is a pretty hard pill to swallow.
What would you suggest DTV do then? Just pay Disney what they are asking for without a fight? Have them set that precedence? What do you think the next provider would do if they saw D* do that? Do you think your D* bill would go up by even greater amounts?
Call rentention and ask for a credit 200 is high
I have 100 off for 12 months 20 year customer
Call today and monday if there is a blackout
I hope not tho
But I do get your over all point we pay a TV company to get access to channels .
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