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UPDATE 1-Fox takes aim at ESPN with national sports TV channel

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by onan38, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. sum_random_dork

    sum_random_dork Icon

    Aug 21, 2008
    I am not sure why, but my gut feeling is DirecTV and FOX work out a deal before Labor Day Weekend. There is too much to lose if you're DirecTV (and FOX). With so many CFB games being moved to FS1 plus the MLB games next year it's a huge risk if you're DirecTV and not carrying the channel. Add in the fact that FS1 will carry a fair amount of Pac12 games, DirecTV could be taking a huge risk of alienating a large West Coast audience by not carrying 2/3 of the Pac 12 games while a the same time adding a $2 surcharge for "RSN coverage" in many markets.

    Plus, come the first week of the NFL do you think DirecTV wants to be taking phone calls because customers are seeing on FOX NFL Games...."don't currently have FS1? Call your provider and demand it today!"
  2. fsquid

    fsquid Godfather

    Aug 30, 2006
    if no agreement is reached, evidently old speed shows will be shown until they reach one.
  3. cjrleimer

    cjrleimer Godfather

    Nov 16, 2004
    I agree. And the games on FS1 pac 12 wise will be better then PAC 12 Networks for sure.
  4. RD in Fla

    RD in Fla Icon

    Aug 26, 2007
    Can't stand this and I say this every time these things come down to the wire. I pay almost $200 a month for television and will continue to pay that. I am an avid sports fan and have Directv for that reason. Have subscribed to MLBEI and ST for years. We can debate the rights fees that networks are paying sports leagues until the cows come home, however, until people stop watching it is going to continue. We all have a price that we will pay for entertainment, for my dollar Directv needs to have Fox Sports 1 on Saturday or I will look elsewhere to spend the $2400 a year I spend on Directv. These are silly disputes that no amount of posturing by providers like Directv are able to resolve in their favor. Fox has something Directv customers want and like me are willing to pay for. Get the deal done Directv and stop playing games with your customers in an effort to posture and "show" your customers that you are "standing up" for them. It's capitalism folks and it will never stop. They will pay what the market will bear.
  5. TravelFan1

    TravelFan1 Legend

    Apr 1, 2009
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-13/fox-sports-1-still-seeks-half-the-subscribers-it-pledged.html very interesting analysis. Basically, fox promised investors that fox sports 1 would be available in 90 millions homes at launch, but as it stands right now, it's available in 45 million. If by opening bell Monday the channel's still off Directv, Dish and TWC, it will be interesting to see how the impact on news corp shares.
    Based on these news, if i was a tv provider, i wouldn't be rushing to sign an agreement, either.
  6. toricred

    toricred New Member

    Feb 12, 2004
    One minor quibble would be that some customers want it and of those some are willing to pay for it.
  7. john262

    john262 AllStar

    Oct 26, 2011
    But then there are others who might cancel their subscription if the price goes up because of a channel like Fox Sports that they don't watch. Personally, I don't want to pay a dime more for Fox Sports. I wish they could just offer it on an a la carte basis so that people like you who want to can pay for it can while people like me who don't want to pay for it won't have to.
  8. Mariah2014

    Mariah2014 Breaking the mold

    Apr 21, 2006
    Phoenix Metro

    I will post one line of interest from the article just to kind of show you it may be good news regarding this station in the near future. The arctile had more to do with Time Warner and the station, but Directv and DIsh network are both mentioned in the article.

  9. Sandra

    Sandra Legend

    Apr 16, 2012
    I will be shocked if this channel is not available on DirecTV by the time it goes live.

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  10. n3ntj

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    I would also expect D* to have a carriage agreement for Fox1 by Sat. as well. Doesn't look like they'll have anything on, however, that I'd watch since baseball won't be on until 2014.
  11. garn9173

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    Apr 4, 2005
    Fox Sports is acquring inventory left and right for Fox Sports 1 (USGA, MLB, expanded NASCAR, Big East basketball, etc.) any provider would be foolish not to sign on.
  12. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    I wouldn't be shocked. I would be shocked if DirecTV decides not to carry it, but we may not be seeing it for a few weeks until they iron out the details of a deal. First 2 weeks consists mostly of UFC Fights and NASCAR racing, although I would not mind seeing the UEFA cup duel between AC Milan and PSV next week.

    It's probably going to be a last-minute deal, or they will stretch it past the first weekend of NASCAR coverage to see if anyone will budge.
  13. PCampbell

    PCampbell Icon

    Nov 18, 2006
    At this point Fox needs Directv more so they can get off to a good start. After Fox has been on for a year maybe less then Directv will need it if Fox secedes and I think they will so for now directv may be trying to save a bit of money by trying to get a good piece for the first year or so.
  14. fleckrj

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    Sep 4, 2009
    Cary, NC
    The issue, as always, is the price. There is a price point below which any provider would be foolish not to sign on, but above which any provider would be foolish to sign on. I do not know what that price point is, but I do believe there are people within DirecTV (and the other providers) who have calculated that number. There are still only a small number of providers that have a signed agreement with Fox Sports 1.
  15. PCampbell

    PCampbell Icon

    Nov 18, 2006
  16. BigJ52

    BigJ52 Godfather

    Jul 29, 2007
    John Ourand from Sports Business Journal:

    @Ourand_SBJ: Still nothing signed yet. But a source close to the negotiations says to expect FS1 to be available on DirecTV by launch on Saturday.
  17. BigJ52

    BigJ52 Godfather

    Jul 29, 2007
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  18. tjguitar

    tjguitar Mentor

    Aug 23, 2006
    As expected. I can't believe people thought this was going to get the P12N treatment.
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  19. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    As expected. I can't believe people thought this was going to get the P12N treatment.

    Wait until the SEC channel launches on Day 1. The PAC 12 will howl.

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  20. tjguitar

    tjguitar Mentor

    Aug 23, 2006
    Of course SEC will launch on day 1. It has ESPN backing it, the difference between it and Longhorn Network is that it will have content people actually want to watch.
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