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News Corp to end Speed and Fuel Channels, convert them to Fox Sports

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by mitchflorida, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. goinsleeper

    goinsleeper Godfather

    May 22, 2012
    Indeed, that's just bandwidth. Last I checked, the cap was 250 gigs which I tried to hit a few months ago and ended at using about 175... and I tried hard but I live alone.

    For most providers, the cap is really just to ensure it is only being used for residential use. I'm sure a household could hit the cap if they tried hard enough but the major intent here is to make sure its not being used for commercial use under residential costs.
  2. raott

    raott Hall Of Fame

    Nov 23, 2005
    The profit comes from not upgrading, because they don't have to. The bandwidth issues are pure PR spin from the cable companies to justify outrageous fees associated with busting a cap. Spend some time on dslreports.com and you'll find out about the myth that is the bandwidth crunch.
  3. pdxBeav

    pdxBeav Godfather

    Jul 5, 2007
    I've also read that data caps don't do much at all to alleviate data congestion.
  4. alnielsen

    alnielsen Godfather

    Dec 31, 2006
    ...- .....
    Between my adult son and I, we have been going over recently. He doesn't watch much TV. He downloads videos and watches YouTube. It's a good thing that Comcast has "temporary" suspended the limit. That suspension may become more permanent with their take over of NBC/Universal (anti-trust).
  5. Satelliteracer

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    This is what Apple tried...failed. What Google was attempting to do, didn't work. Intel will run into the same thing that every other distributor does...CONTENT costs.

    As others have pointed out, it isn't a la carte either. In fact, Intel is saying this is going to be a HIGH END service not a value play.
  6. Satelliteracer

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    Netflix is going to have to change their pricing here in the not too distant future in my opinion. Their content costs are going up like everyone else. Best Buy...they have their hands full right now.
  7. cmasia

    cmasia Icon

    Sep 18, 2007
    Las Vegas
    Hi SR.

    Always happy to hear your thoughts and comments.

    I'm curious what you can tell us about DirecTV's - or your - thoughts about the landscape, say 10 years from now.

    By then, our internet pipe should be capable of 10 gajillion mb down, allowing anyone to provide HD, 3D, 4K, whatever is state of the art.

    Does DirecTV look at their business model with an eye towards being potentially obsolete as technology advances?

    As one of DirecTV's very, very early customers with a Sony SAT-A1, back in late '94, early '95, - I think that was the model number - I've always wondered how an advanced company pours billions into a technology that x years from now could be looked at the way we view 8 track tapes.

    Please take this question with the intended spirit... from a happy customer, appreciative of what your company provides.

  8. adkinsjm

    adkinsjm Icon

    Mar 25, 2003
    He's downloading a lot of videos if you're hitting the cap. I've downloaded a few HD torrents and the family watches a lot of videos on Netflix and I haven't gone over 175 GB.
  9. TravelFan1

    TravelFan1 Legend

    Apr 1, 2009
    Gentlemen, shouldn't we rename this thread? I read some very interesting thoughts on tv distribution model, broadband caps, but I then wondered what either one has to do with Speed becoming Fox Sports 1 and Fuel, Fox Sports 2.

    On a back to the topic perspective, i'd say it's a great time for the owners of sports leagues, teams, etc, with all this competition to grab TV rights for the various sports. From a consumer perspective, however, I am getting worried about the amount of $$$ paid for the broadcast rights for these leagues. The tv distributors will have to pass this along to us, the end consumers. And that's why I'm afraid this model will eventually break, when even consumers like me, huge sports fans, start to question whether it's worth to pay 200,300,400/month to get all of the sports we like.
  10. mitchflorida

    mitchflorida Godfather

    May 18, 2009
    The reason why advertisers love ESPN and Fox Sports is that there is very little DVRing and time shifting of the sports events. People watch live and most people don't fast forward through the advertisements. I don't like having to subsidize sports fans and don't want them to have to subsidize my movie channels or news channels. Something has got to give. This cannot continue much longer.
  11. Jungle Jim

    Jungle Jim AllStar

    Mar 9, 2006
    They can name the networks whatever they want as long as my son doesn't lose his Monster Jam. :)

    Also, Food Network is not "crap". Our entire family, including the kids, love Unwrapped, Paula Deen, Giada, Diners and Drive Ins, and other shows. I wonder if people who consider certain channels "crap" have even watched the shows that are on them?

    I remember when Food Network first came to D*, I had a similar reaction. (Who would watch "that"?) But my wife and kids started watching it and I came to realize that there's a lot of good stuff there.
  12. donalddickerson2005

    donalddickerson2005 Legend

    Feb 13, 2012
    I love my sports it I also watch the food, travel, and HGTV. All these networks have millions of people watching.
  13. Jungle Jim

    Jungle Jim AllStar

    Mar 9, 2006
    Same thing for those channels: When they were first added I shrugged. I've found myself watching them many times over the years.

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