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Longhorn Network

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by jon99, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. mnassour

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    No new announcements, so it's probably the same little group.
     
  2. BusterAvis

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    WOW, no post since Feb. 13th.

    I'd say that proves this is pretty much a dead channel.
    I doubt any major provider will ever pick up this network.
     
  3. JoeTheDragon

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    ESPN may have to pull a Viacom to get this out there like Viamcom is trying with epix.
     
  4. mnassour

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    Yep....we talked about that several pages back. The big downside to that kind of a power play, though, is for UT. Can you imagine the bad publicity if DirecTV lost ESPN because it wouldn't agree to carry LHN? Schools are sensitive to that kind of thing, while corporations may not be so much (see: Viacom).

    UT has to recruit not only football players, but students as well. That kind of fight would bet it branded even more as a football factory than it is now.
     
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    Directv has 20 million subs that ESPN would lose revenue from if it did that plus advertising dollars. At $5M a sub per month x 20 million that's $100M a month plus a pro-rated ad dollars PLUS ESPN 2, ESPNU, ESPN classic, GamePlan, etc. that would not get carried. Those items far outweigh what Longhorn can generate for ESPN.
     
  6. mnassour

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    Another excellent point, that money is far more than what ESPN is having to pay The University, which is about $15 million per year.
     
  7. tonyd79

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    ESPN now seems to be just in recovering losses mode. $15 million a year is spit money to ESPN/Disney. They are not going to piss everyone off to recoup it.
     
  8. mnassour

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    Well, that $15 million is just for the rights. You then have to finance and run the durn thing, complete with 1) equipment, 2) salaries, 3) practically no one watching with little ad revenue coming it.

    I wonder if the bright eye at Disney who came up with this beast still has a job?
     
  9. tonyd79

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    Now that is probably true. Someone's head rolled on it.
     
  10. WebTraveler

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    and they show 1 or 2 football games - but they keep the Big 12 intact and the ability to show most of Texas and Oklahoma football games on regular ESPN channels.

    If Big 12 falls apart where are these teams going and where is ESPN going with it's TV coverage? It needs the Big 12 to fill it's TV slate.
     
  11. mnassour

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    That's one big reason the Big 12 isn't going anywhere....ESPN money.
     
  12. tonyd79

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    The Pac12/Big Ten, Big XII/SEC alliance helps too.
     
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    As a Longhorns fan, I would love to see them add the LHN for this upcoming football season. I know it's only two games, but I'd also like the pre and post game coverage.
     
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    Dripping...
    Doesn't help here, AT&T stopped deploying U-Verse just on the other side of Nutty Brown Road.
     
  17. mnassour

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    Yea, both Verizon and AT&T have said their fiber build-outs are complete. If you don't have it now, you're not gonna get it. Until this thing is on Time Warner or some satellite system, it does not have adequate distribution anywhere, regardless of how Burnt Orange Nation tries to spin it.
     
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    U-Verse has a huge footprint in Texas, and some other places.
     
  19. RAD

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    Dripping...
    Just, at least to me, seems strange how the decide where to implement. I live in a development that currently has 1,100 homes in it with a buildout of 2,000. On the other side of the road from the development they've deployed U-Verse in an area with 1+ arce size lots, very low population density. We're both served out of the same telco CO so to me it doesn't make sense.
     
  20. de_runner

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    This provides options at least. Uverse available here so it may be time to ditch DTV.
     

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