They have no one to blame but themselves. They are bidding ridiculously high amounts for these exclusive rights, and expect us to pay for it.It pretty much sums up how the high cost of ESPN and other sports (especially NFL) are pretty much destroying the cable business model. Eventually the TV providers are going to have to change it somehow and Dish could be the 1st provider to do so.
HP is right, however, that sports is a main draw for some. European Football is one of the main reasons I have Dish. But I don't think there are too many that do it exclusively for sports. There are methods these days of getting your sports online (legally) via Gamecenter, ESPN3, MLB, etc...
Oddly enough, I blame the normal Cable channels. They all of a sudden wanted to produce HBO level programming. Well, that programming costs money.
So you have sports on one hand, over-reaching basic cable channels on the other.
We're all forgetting that most of our RSNs were at one time a subscription fee, on cable.
Growing up, everyone in my neighborhood paid for Disney (when it was a subscription service) except my parents
mruk69 said:I really don't care for ESPN, the only thing I watch us the English Football. Everything else is pretty much garbage e.g old fishing tournaments, old worlds strongest man.
The other thing that ticks me off about this channel is the Spanish Leaugue Soccer is only on Deportes.
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they can't we get theme packs like Canadian systems?? Hell the Canadian are now moving to next step with more of a all a cart system.
You seem to be displeased about something else. Sure, you have the people that will never be happy. Then you have the people who want to pay, but are tiring of the increases. Why is ESPN asking for more? Because of bidding a ridiculous amount for MNF, among other things. When they make these ridiculous bids, they don't give a flip about their customers paying more. They'll just raise their rates to be able to afford their ridiculous contracts.This is what it sounds like to me when I read a lot of posts on here and listen to customers. Give me, give me, give me, I want, I want, I want, but I don't want to pay much for it. Granted, this does not represent everyone but just a large amount of people. It's frustrating to see people act this way because they just never seem to get satisfied.
Here's the way I see it. As long as bandwidth is limited and as long as cable and telcos can keep a lid on the speeds they have to offer, streaming will remain inefficient with choppy reception and buffering problems.Dish and their "virtual cable" idea is mentioned.
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I can tell you this from a cynical point of view based on other fights Dish has had with sports programmers,if Dish refuses Disney and ESPN disappears from Dish, ESPN is NOT coming back.It pretty much sums up how the high cost of ESPN and other sports (especially NFL) are pretty much destroying the cable business model. Eventually the TV providers are going to have to change it somehow and Dish could be the 1st provider to do so.