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ESPNU HD not availabe yet?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by gio12, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. Oct 9, 2008 #1 of 36

    gio12 Icon

    Jul 31, 2006
    I thought it was coming?
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    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
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    Piratefan98 Icon

    Mar 11, 2008
    Any minute now.

    You have my word.


  4. Oct 9, 2008 #4 of 36

    GLJones AllStar

    Feb 12, 2008
    If DirecTV waits until after college football season, they may be able to get ESPN to lower the cost on ESPNU HD. Less demand, lower price. Right now, ESPN has the upper hand in negotiations as viewers want it.
  5. Oct 9, 2008 #5 of 36

    J.T. New Member

    Aug 14, 2007
    If DirecTV waits too long they will be in an even worse position once the ESPN contract with the SEC kicks in giving ESPNU a whole lot more programming than they currently have.
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    jimb726 Icon

    Jan 9, 2007
    On the last thread on this topic (last week, I believe) someone had posted that ESPN has stated that it will not be ready with its HD offering until spring/summer of 2009. For what thats worth.
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    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Little thing called basketball.
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    LarryFlowers New Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    There is a Monsterous thread already dealing with this at http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=131248&highlight=ESPNUhttp://

    That being said, ESPN has made the comment that they expect to negotiate ESPNU-HD carriage agreemements with DirecTV, Dish, Comcast, etc (the bigger companies) in the near future "based on their enhanced offering as a result of the deal with the SEC that commences with the 2009 football season and the addition of a prime time football game each week beginning the same year".

    It is also being said by some of the cable operators that ESPN is seeking a .75¢ bump, in their already ludicrously expensive charges, per subscriber per month.

    If you don't already know, ESPN is the single most expensive channel block in the all inclusive basic/expanded basic programming tier.

    If the .75¢ number is good... it would represent $162,000,000.00 in addition to the estimated $780,000,000.00 already paid by DirecTV to ESPN. Think DirecTV is going to eat it?
  9. man_rob

    man_rob Hall Of Fame

    Feb 21, 2007
    Please provide your sources for this information.
  10. ARKDTVfan

    ARKDTVfan Icon

    May 19, 2003
    just make it al car te {?sp) for a buck a month for those who wnat it
  11. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    I have no link, but have hears the exact same thing from my sources.

    ESPN is a high-price content provider, and a further bump will not be met with alot of enthusiasm. I know alot of folks seem to have expressed an interest in ESPN-U....but we all have to keep in mind the big picture here....and we'll probably know before year end what is up with ESPN-U on DirecTV.
  12. man_rob

    man_rob Hall Of Fame

    Feb 21, 2007
    Nothing personal, but a lot of misinformation gets passed around the internet.

    Joe heard it from Jim, who sure he heard it from Sally, who has a secret inside source, and so on, and so on.
  13. iceturkee

    iceturkee DINFOS Trained Killer DBSTalk Club

    Apr 1, 2007
    can't believe i did this but to get my espnu-hd fix until directv gets it, i'm adding cable beside my dish. hard to believe the local cable provider which can't seem to add nfl network or fsn florida can add espnu-hd before satellite. in any event, said cable company recently added a local sports network where they are showing local college and high school sports (among other things). a woman had to do what a woman has to do to get her sports!!!!
  14. dhines

    dhines Godfather

    Aug 16, 2006

    now granted i am under the weather and my brain isn't functioning well, but your math means there are 216,000,000 subscribers to directv? (162,000,000 / .75).

    that just doesn't add up, if you ask me . . . or, did i misunderstand?
  15. Albie

    Albie Godfather

    Jan 26, 2007
    Divide by 12 months and you get approx 18 million customers.
  16. CJTE

    CJTE Hall Of Fame

    Sep 17, 2007
    There known facts. The same information is repeated all across this board. If you want to find the sources you can go dig for them.

    I cant guarantee the dollar amount, But ESPN probably is the highest costing channel, and Disney doesnt fall too far from that tree either.
  17. Piratefan98

    Piratefan98 Icon

    Mar 11, 2008
    It stands to reason that the more desired channels such as FoxNews and ESPN-U are going to cost more. I get that. And I'm all for due diligence on DirecTV's part in terms of trying to get the best deal they can ..... but ultimately, they need to pull the trigger and get these channels added.

    I wish they'd have more extra packs for HD channel offerings ...... that would allow people to either say, "yes", I want this new batch of hd channels and I'm willing to pay more", or "no, I am happy with my current HD lineup and don't want to pay any more".

  18. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    You know Jim and Sally? :lol:

    My sources have not been wrong in over 10 years...but that's OK....as long as I know that, I am fine. :D
  19. Jestr40

    Jestr40 Godfather

    Jul 22, 2007
    ESPN will get the .75 eventually. They paid the SEC 2.25 BILLION dollars for the rights to those games. They didn't do it without a plan to get some of that investment back in carriage agreements and advertising revenue. As soon as they start showing a Florida vs. LSU or an Alabama vs. Auburn game on ESPNU or ESPN3 (after they get rid of Classic) fans will nut up if they can't see the game in HD when they know it is available in HD.

    My point is why not just bite the bullet now and be the ONLY major carrier to offer ESPNU now?
  20. Albie

    Albie Godfather

    Jan 26, 2007
    Will they? If D*, Time-Warner and Comcast all hold the line, all three will probably end up at 50-60 cents on basic or 75 cents on the sports tiers.

    There is more to this negotiation than just the price per sub.

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