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When does the contract with Disney/ABC and Direct TV expire?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by dxtrfn80, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. dxtrfn80

    dxtrfn80 Mentor

    Apr 17, 2012
    With the Viacom-DTV war in full swing makes me wonder when does the deal with Disney/ABC expire? Would be a huge story if the rest of the kids channels. (not all of them but would be left with Cartoon Network, HUB, PBS Sprout) I just hope the deal expires in 2015 or later.
  2. snappjay

    snappjay Legend

    Jul 16, 2010
    Let's be honest. Disney can ask for any amount of money they want with as many channels they want because of one thing... ESPN.

    Most people know DTV as the "sports" provider. They would go completely under without the ESPNs.

    "DirecTV, we have this new channel that plays Disney animation classics 24/7 and you are going to pay us $0.25 per sub"

    "What?? No!"

    "Well fine, say goodbye to ESPN"

    "... fine, put it on our tab"
  3. alnielsen

    alnielsen Godfather

    Dec 31, 2006
    ...- .....
    Move ESPN's into the sports package and save the rest of us $5-6 a month.
    Yep, I know it isn't going to happen, but I can dream.
  4. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Not just with directv, either. With everyone. Directv maybe more than others. But a system without espn would not survive.
  5. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    I'd actually like that channel. Kind of like with Viacom, one mans trash channel is another's interest.
  6. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    What I know is that ESPN and all other ABC/Disney owned stations are 2 different contracts. I don't know about when ESPN was last renewed, but the last standoff between DirecTV and Disney over all the other channels was in March 2003. Now, if they signed a 10 year deal at the time, it would mean 2013.

    I also know the Discovery Network contracts are due to expire by the end of the year, so we'll see some action there as well.

    Of course, if a contract was re-negotiated between two parties well before the due date, it may not have been made public other then in some boring investor relation portfolio for their shareholders.
  7. boufa

    boufa AllStar

    Dec 23, 2007
    When did ESPN classic and ESPNU change packages? I think that was from the new ESPN contract.
  8. boukengreen

    boukengreen Legend

    Sep 22, 2009
    sometime last year i think
  9. snappjay

    snappjay Legend

    Jul 16, 2010
    since this thing with viacom, my wife and I decided to do a simple, non scientific calculation on how many hours we watch a specific channel or a grouping of channels. The % works out to...

    ESPN (1, 2, U, news, etc)
    40% (this number goes to, at least, 70% in the fall)
    Disney Channel (for the kid)
    Fox Sports Ohio/Cincinnati
    20% (goes to zero in the fall)
    10% (goes up to 20% in the fall)
    5% (zero in the fall)
    MLB Network (NFL Channel in the fall)

    As you can see, if Disney or Newscorp pulled out of DTV, especially during football season, we would have to cancel and move on to one of our other options (dish :nono2:eek:r cable:nono:).
  10. iceman2a

    iceman2a Icon

    Dec 30, 2005
    Hudson, FL...
    What content does ESPN carry during football season that makes it a must have?
    There is "nothing" on ESPN that I can't get somewherelse except MNF and that is not enough for me to change providers and my primary viewing is sports!
  11. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    College football?
  12. iceman2a

    iceman2a Icon

    Dec 30, 2005
    Hudson, FL...
    OK, got me there!
    I know in many places college football is more popular than the NFL but wasn't even thinking that way!

    Now here is another question, is ESPN's college football subscription pkg. negotiated within ESPN's carry agrement or is it a seperate negotiation????
  13. fleckrj

    fleckrj Icon

    Sep 4, 2009
    Cary, NC
    ESPN signed a 15 year deal with the SEC in 2008 and a separate deal with the ACC that lasts until 2027. In much of the country, SEC football and ACC (plus Kentucky and a few other SEC schools) basketball are bigger draws than the NFL or NBA.
  14. Traegon

    Traegon Cool Member

    Jan 4, 2012
    Maybe someone smarter than me can answer this question: Does DTV have to pay per sub, regardless of whether they have a package including said channel, or is it only per sub that actually has a package with the channel. Always been curious on that one.
  15. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Typically the latter.
  16. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Pretty sure it is separate.
  17. NR4P

    NR4P Dad

    Jan 15, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Regarding ABC, consider this on the airlines.
    I can't recall seeing ABC on Jet Blue or Delta or United. But they carry ABC FAM and about 5 ESPN channels. So the airlines buckle under and accept ESPN without the ABC network feed.

    So ABC gives up the prime time shows to CBS, NBC and FOX for ESPN and ABC FAM. That sort of sums up the ESPN power doesn't it?
  18. snappjay

    snappjay Legend

    Jul 16, 2010
    Well, I should have put Big10 in there somewhere. My wife is from Wisconsin, so she sets up camp right in front of the TV until the spring. :D
  19. Old_School

    Old_School Legend

    Nov 28, 2011
    What channel is ESPN even on???:confused:
  20. AMike

    AMike Godfather

    Nov 21, 2005

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