The cable and satellite Nielsen ratings for baseball RSNs around the US is very low. 1-2% on many nights. YES is higher than the average RSN and supposedly the highest. The local interest in STO is probably the same for a baseball channel in most other markets. However, when 200 channels are offered, there are many other non baseball channels with much lower ratings and lower per subscriber costs. Since Dish does provide baseball RSNs in most markets, the addition of STO is not unexpected. The BTN is a new expensive concept. Maybe Dish will feel compelled to offer it because they do not offer Sunday ticket, MLB EI, Setanta, YES, Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia, HD RSNs in many markets, etc. Or maybe Dish will decide it is too expensive. I do not think the addition of STO is an indication of where Dish is going.