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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by kb24sd, Jul 1, 2012.
Me too...especially if it's girls volleyball! I know...that was wrong.
I've been a DIRECTV sub for over 15 years, and am starting to think you're correct. Back in 1997 they would have immediately signed up for a new sports channel, especially if it involved the Lakers.
Today their priorities are very different.
I bet you programming don't cost the same as 15 years ago , that's probably why...
I think today with the economy in rough shape, DTV has to seriously negotiate a fair price before they pass along more costs to the customers.
And a fair price would be $2.00 for the Network. I should say Lakers Network because no matter what some people have said, as of now, its the Lakers.
Keep in mind that the Lakers will have about 22 games shown nationally.
I bet the Rockets are seeing how this plays out and how Comcast handles it compared to TWC.
for what its worth the lakers are on tv practiclly year round,preseason starts in october and the season ends in april,and if the lakers make the playoffs the nba finals are in june,so thats 9 months of the year! so i'd say thats more than a few months a year.
Aren't all playoff games on national carriers?
I can't keep track.
Yes, and about 22 games in the regular season nationally. This is why i call for a fair price, but i think TWC may stick it to us because:
A. Dwight Howard
B. Steve Nash
C. One network with two feeds (Spanish)
D. TWC overpaid and trying to justify by saying "we" also get the Sparks, Galaxy, etc.
They are trying to be a Network when in reality it's just the Lakers. If they add the Dodgers THEN they become a Network. Having both the Lakers and the Dodgers will make a FULL year round channel. Not a 6 or 7 month station.
Lakers channel will broadcast all but about 18 games in the season (there are a few games that will be on national and the Lakers channel) and most of the first round of the playoffs. After the first round, all games are exclusive to national channels like espn and TNT.
Players from this year have nothing to do with it.
And for out of market maybe some on nba channel or does that 18 count that?
I counted 29 including NBATV.
Didn't realize nba tv announces this early. Figured they were flexible.
They are. They'll also do fan voting for some nights.
I think you're wrong. I know their contract (TWC) was in place before all that happened, but the Laker fans AND casual fans have come to realize that with the new additions, this may be the beginning of something special. My point is, that people who are not with TWC, which is currently everyone else, will be pressured to finalize a contract which may be higher than normal BECAUSE of Howard and Nash. TWC way overpaid for the rights, and knowing that the Lakers are on paper one of the favs if not THE fav to win it all, that DIRECTV will have to pay more for a sportschannel than they normally would. So it does affect us in Laker land.
Here's the rub. TNT and abc have exclusive national rights when the lakers are on those channels. When the lakers are on nbatv and espn they are on both channels (national and local). Any game on nba tv will be blacked out, but espn, who knows. That's based on last year.
The real bad part, I much prefer the lakers announcers over the mostly annoying national ones.
I haven't missed seeing or listening to a game since the 80's so I am concerned.
Sorry but I've heard nothin about them changing how much they are asking and they got the lakers for 20 years. They bought the brand knowing it will always be strong. Had nothing to do with any one single year, it's about what they can do with he brand year in and year out for 20 or more years.
It might increase the number of customers calling, but it won't increase the pressure overall DirecTV will feel. Again it's the long term brand that both are dealing with.
And actually I don't think twc overpaid. But we won't know for 20 years one way or the other for sure.
And the casual fan will still be fine with the national coverage, so it's only the big fans like myself that really want this channel.
I am also one of those big fans and have been a diehard since the late 70's when i came out here from Boston. I used to be the only one who still had cable of all my friends. In May of this year i switched to DIRECTV. None of my friends have TWC. All the experts believe TWC overpaid. I know TWC needs DIRECTV and the others just like we need the Lakers. But my beef is with TWC calling this a regional TV network. Right now it's the Lakers network. I have heard it might cost $5 per month. I'm fine with that, but will the other fans go for it knowing that they can see many Laker games throughout the season and playoffs without TWC. I hope there's a fair balance between TWC and the other sat/cable companies and this gets done soon.
Well, on Mason/Ireland show on KSPN they devoted about half the show to DIRECTV and how they will switch to TWC if we don't have a resolution for the Lakers and the Big 12 network (which starts tomorrow with UCLA). That sounds great....however, i'm not rich like those two guys and just can't walk away (in my case DirecTV) and go back to TWC. I'm only in my first few months of my contract and i don't have money to throw away. I love DirecTV and plan on keeping it. But i'll be damned if they don't do something, and something soon.