Yes, but would the FCC force D* & E* to charge a lower price for that card like they did with the cabelcos, or would they be allowed to pull the same scam they currently do and charge the same price for an "access" fee on owned equipment that they do for a "lease" fee?Likewise, I don't understand why the FCC, Dish and DirecTV don't agree to a set of DBS uplink/downlink/modulation/cryptographic standards (similar to Cable Ready and Digital Cable Ready...e.g., 64 QAM, 256 QAM, CableCard, Moca, etc.) so customers can buy their own equipment and it can be used with any provider since it is DBS Ready - just swap-out the crypto card. Gee, this only complies with the intent of Cable and Telecommunications reform acts.
cept when he opens his wallet..the Moths fly out because it been so long that money has seen the light of Day..I do no think charlie will get a price he likes on the Sunday ticket..it just wont make economic sense to him.(i.e. New York Sports) charlie is a very shrewd operator who does not like spending good money after bad.. he will look at how much profit he could make rather than how many subscribers he has ..The sunday ticket is a good draw but would he really need it if he was the only satellite provider in town?? he wont even spend money on full time RSN-HD....Juan lay off the crack. The NFL Sunday ticket is one thing Charlie has wanted to add forever to DISH. It's one of the reasons why he has DIRECTV himself, hes even said this on the air.
yes i do believe you..maybe i have just seen waaaaaaaaaaaaay to many charlie chats to actually believe him and waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too many channel disputes....Its his way or the Highway for customers and/or program providersHe dosent have room for full time RSN's and he knows DIRECTV is better for their sports offering so its not a concern for him. If you ask him face to face he will tell you to go to DIRECTV. Trust me I have been with him and seen him tell people that. If he had it all we would have it all, as that what he really wants.
::::Sure but look at DIRECTV over the past year and look at how the company has been managed, to me it looks a lot like DISH's management style then the Gold Standard management style that DIRECTV use to be known for.
With a merged company I wouldn't expect as many disputes because of their size.
i would expect more if charlie were in chargeWith a merged company I wouldn't expect as many disputes because of their size.
If they merge I do not see prices going down.
Its like the days the satellite and cable companies were saying that Bills were going up because of pirarcy. Almost all the pirarcy is gone now so has anyones bill gone down?
I think it is inevitable. I don't think it will be in the next couple of years, but in five or so I would give it 60/40 odds, in ten 95/5 odds. Basically once over-the-top delivery really takes hold and overall satellite market share starts dropping it's a done deal.Less competition means HIGHER prices ,definitely. I hope that DISH & DIRECTV NEVER ,EVER , merge.