how much does dish pay for a channel

Ray_Clum

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That, my relatively recent joinee friend, is proprietary business information and would NEVER be released by Dish, DirecTV, Crapcast, U-Verse, Brighthouse, etc. by anything short of a court order.
 

yaz96

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Actually there are lists out there of how much the individual channels get from sat/cable cos. They have been posted here previously or maybe you can Google to find out. It's not really a big secret.
 

CK SatGuy

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It really depends what channel it is. Obviously the ESPN networks are the most expensive at ~$4 per sub per month. Others I've heard of were the Turner networks at ~$1 per sub per month and I just read recently that OWN is only at $.07 per sub per month.
 

CK SatGuy

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Wow. I thought the $4 for ESPN would be for ALL ESPN channels not just for the main ESPN-1. So let's add all this up.
ESPN: $4.08
ESPN2: $.54
*ESPN Classic: $.18
ESPNEWS: $.17
ESPNU: $.16
*ESPN Deportes: $.15
*= Not everyone subs to it.
Total at the very least: $4.95 * 14,200,000 customers =$70,290,000 for the big 4 ESPN channels for 1 month.

 

gpollock87

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Wow. I thought the $4 for ESPN would be for ALL ESPN channels not just for the main ESPN-1. So let's add all this up.
ESPN: $4.08
ESPN2: $.54
*ESPN Classic: $.18
ESPNEWS: $.17
ESPNU: $.16
*ESPN Deportes: $.15
*= Not everyone subs to it.
Total at the very least: $4.95 * 14,200,000 customers =$70,290,000 for the big 4 ESPN channels for 1 month.


man that is alot of dough!
 

Bob Haller

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Kinda sad if you dont like sports/

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rjousuf

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I think the price is per sub not per customer. I am sure not every single dish customer has espn in their monthly subscription. I only suscribe to international channels and don't have espn so I don't think dish will be paying $5 to espn for me even though i don't even have espn in my package. I know other ppl too that only sub to international channels and not american packages. i might be wrong, but math should be $4.95 x numbers of subs to particular channel(espn).
 

CK SatGuy

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I think when you add in all the money it costs to buy all the games (MLB, NBA, NFL, etc) it all adds up to a point where ad revenue is not enough to cover costs so you have to charge the providers a price where it would not only cover all expenses but also make a profit as well. Sports programming is expensive, therefore ESPN has to charge a high price to the tv providers which therefore, gets passed on to the consumers. I know it sucks, but unfortunately, we all have to deal with it.
 

Scott Greczkowski

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If ESPN gets the Olympics (which they are bidding for and will probably win since NBC does not want them anymore) they are looking to increase their rate even more. :(
 

Hall

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I think the price is per sub not per customer. I am sure not every single dish customer has espn in their monthly subscription.
You are correct that it's not every customer or subscriber of Dish's (or DirecTV or a cable co). It's per subscriber, i.e. those who actually receive a particular channel. It does explain why ESPN/ABC/Disney wants to be in the lowest tiers, hence they hit the largest number of overall customers. ESPN and ESPN2 are in Dish's lowest, currently offered package (Dish America, $25/mo).
 
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