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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Pepe Sylvia, Oct 20, 2011.
They could black it out with a "We are experiencing technical difficulties" tho.
As a hockey fan of the Minnesota Wild, in their territory, this would be devastation if it lasted any length of time. Worse than the Versus dust-up by far. Yes, I also pay good money for NHLCI, but I want to see *my team's* games.
This is the first year that the Wild are televising all their non-national games on FSN. The first week I'd lose three Wild games, including one on Nov 1.
I usually tend to side with DirecTV in carrier disputes but do I have this part right?
This time around, as compared to the VS dispute, it's DirecTV that is not going to keep the Fox channels lit while negotions continue.
During the VS dispute, it was Comcast that pulled that feed and refused to allow VS to remain lit during the negotiations.
If I have this part right, I wonder why DirecTV is not allowing the Fox channels to remain lit?
I'm with you. We're the paying customers, and OUR voices should be heard too, in any way possible. If I lose FX (SoA, etc.) and yet am expected to pay the same, I'll (a) let them know I do not like it and (b) shop around. Enough already.
Shop around. Dish wont have Disney/ABC HD channels, Directv might lose some Fox, I am pretty sure U-verse is missing some channels too. Either pay the extortion, take a stand, or play that "grass is always greener" game...until that grass gets mowed.
You can blame the FCC for deregulating these media companies, who used to not be allowed to own such a large percentage of channels with which they extort money from us all.
You have it right. DirecTV is using it as a negotiating tactic, just like Comcast did with Versus. It's a slimy tactic that shows a total disregard for the viewers, no matter which side is doing it.
I was watching Casino Wars on National Geographic last night and after their (Newcorp) banner ad on the bottom of the screen ran, there was a Directv one giving their side.
If I lose American Horror Story on FX somebody is going to get effed up (you hear me DTV)!
So, if no agreement is reached and the channels go dark we should expect to see a monthly price reduction at that time? :nono2:
The next time my annual increase doesn't outpace their increase in expenses, then they can say they have my back.
Now Jeremy, you know that it is only a "slimy tactic" when the content owners, or any other MSO uses it. When a saintly charity like DirecTV is left with no chioce but to use it, it is becuase they are simply "looking out for us".
Nobody ever said DIRECTV was "saintly" and only looking out for our best interests. They're looking out for their bottom line...which has the effect of looking our for us.
After all carriage agreement increases effect both their bottom line and our bill increases. Nothing "saintly" about it; it's just business.
IMHO, they should fight such a large increase with everything they've got. If they just bow down and accept it then everyone else will be waiting in line for their big increase and our bills will go through the roof.
"save my nets" was the continous on screen message during the kings / Stars gams on FS West last night, more or less saying Nov 1 Directv will "drop" the mentioned channels...to continue viewing, switch to another provider...followed by a Dish net logo...
As I understand it, the contract ran out on Sept 31st and they have been running on the previous agreement since then. Fox wants to continue under those conditions while negotiations are underway. D*'s side is well reported here.
Hmmmm. Ad sponsored by Dish? Anyway to tell? Sounds like it's getting more hardballish.
I never thought I'd say this: Thank heavens for Comcast!
If it plays out like it did with Dish Network, then I would expect fox sports net programing on the other RSN's on Directv to be blacked out as well. I for one will be calling the local cable Company November 1 to add service to ensure that the local RSN I receive is still complete and not altered due to the Fox dispute with Directv.
If that's what the situation is, then that changes my pov about this considerably. It's got nothing to do with my thinking that D* is saintly :lol: . It's funny to read the agenda's on this forum. The ones that I read that seem to think this is a "fanboy" forum, well, I see both sides of the party line at this forum.
I think when dish pulled the FSN feeds they locked down in market only on directv at same time as well having RSN over flow feeds not show up that where to have FSN games.
So only those people who were inside those fox sports net markets were affected by that then?
Didn't Newscorp do the same thing last year when this happened on E*, "to continue viewing our channels switch to D* or your local cable provider". Same tactics, different provider.
Well if thats the case, if they don't come to terms in another week, and from the way it sounds they're not close to an agreement, the channels are most likely going to be pulled Nov. 1st.
I remember when this happened last year, the guy at Costco told me they were having a lot of people switching from E* to D*. I wonder how many are going make the switch again.
If the apocalypse indeed occurs on November 1, my hopes for a reasonably-quick resolution are buoyed by the centrality of sports programming in DirecTV’s business model. While DirecTV could sacrifice the interests of the relatively-small population of NHL fans during the Versus dispute, I suspect the loss of multiple RSNs for a prolonged period could generate considerable churn.
In this regard, I switched to a broader HD package from Comcast (my secondary provider) during the Versus imbroglio and now enjoy all the basic HD missing from DirecTV’s lineup. I will wait to see how matters evolve during November but then would contemplate dropping both the Sports Pack and NHL CI (switching to the online version – thanks to an earlier poster for alerting me to this option).