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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by blackhawkzone, Dec 11, 2010.
You are correct and I stand corrected. Still think she's a phony though.
What, does Oprah need more money? :nono2:
Drop her DIRECTV. Her channel needs you more than you need her channel. In fact, counteroffer by lowering the original fee.
THAT would be funny.
How come every time I hear the word Oprah...one of the next things I hear is bigger?
Good.. D* has to put its foot down by refusing to pay for a channel that will not be worth 1 cent let along 7 cents. I have no plans on watching the Oprah network.
How can a channel that doesn't exist yet raise its fee several times before it even hits the air?
If its like her weight, it will come down, then go up several times before it goes live.
Good one. Like a yo-yo.
You bet, some of us do.
Rarely has a human being detracted so much value from their viewers.
Correct me if I get the math wrong... but an extra 14 cents a month times 20 million subs (is Discovery Health in a more limited package?) multiplies out to $2.8 million a month!
That's a mighty big price tag.
It is a huge price tag, because the 21 cents will then become the benchmark for any new marginally attractive channel. That's what so many defenders of content providers don't get. It's not the incremental revenue attributable to 1 channel. It's the cascading effect that the fee hike will have on other channels. Based on what Fox got during the last few months (assuming it was able to extract 80 cents a sub), look for Univision to get at least 90 cents a subscriber next time its rates are renewed.
As for Oprah, she's a time sink. Next time any of you feel compelled to watch her program, switch to PBS or the History Channel instead.
I'm guessing everyone who's posted on this thread so far is male. Try asking women if she's worth it. Being male also, I agree she's not worth it, but I'm just sayin...
Well, not everyone. However, if I was the "typical" female, I wouldn't be on this board.
The problem is directv isnt even adding HD. It's hard to see dormate bandwidth. Really I think its time Mike White needs to be shown the door. All of this cost cutting crap like Mike knows what's best for the customers. Why not let the customers decide what package they want and give them the channels they request. Its a simple philosophy that's leads to subscriber additions. Given a few years of this Mike will destroy the company, before its handed off to the next person.
Good for D* sticking to it's guns, and thus the customer.
The only thing I consume from Oprah's empire is Dr Laura Berman. I enjoy listening to her show on XM, just wish she'd break away from the O and go on her own with podcasts, etc.
However, seems like O is giving her and giving her time slots on both XM and now on the new OWN. So for not, Laura is tethered to O's networks.
Looks like The Hub will be going away in 2 years unless D* terminates their contract with Discovery the same day they'll drop OWN.
While reading Bloomberg's article, it appears that D* is not the only one that is dropping Oprah, but cable companies and possibly E* as well.
That is a good question.
Is this a situation like The Hub where one channel becomes another and carriage continues under the contract for the old channel or one like National Geographic Wild where a carrier could hold out on carrying the new channel for months after the switchover?
If the old contract continues asking for 200% more would be inappropriate. Discovery signed a carriage contract - they need to fulfill that contract (even if it means Discovery Health lives on for a year or two only on DirecTV or they get OWN for the DH price - although some may argue that DH is worth more than OWN and the price should be reduced not raised).
If DirecTV holds Discovery to the contract we may see "Fox Reality" situation where DH continues or they may just get OWN for the DH price. I suppose we'll know for sure on January 1st.
BTW: Discovery Counting on Oprah's New Cable Network to Lift Fees
Well...we know whatever Oprah does....it will be big.
Let her business rot. She probably single-handedly killed my beloved XM.
Tell us how you really feel.... :lol:
There is certainly some truth to her having flexed her business muscle in the past.