Sinclair and RSNs

dare2be

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Haha. Dish is irrelevant, YouTube TV is absolutely screwed.

And now we have 3 threads discussing this.
 
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The very last thing the RSNs want is to have to how much it actually costs to get them. We see the $6 or so a month as an RSN fee, but that is the price if nearly everyone on the provider is paying for it.

Given that the RSNs are really only viewed by a minority of viewers, the per actual viewer price would be substantially higher. The RSN owners know that is not a viable solution to their financial issues.

For instance, I read an article a bit ago that claimed that only about 10% of viewers on Comcast actually watched the RSNs. Yet nearly all Comcast customers paid about $6/month in RSN fees. Doing some math with the numbers provided in the article showed that the actual cost to that small percentage of customers would be about $60/month. I’m not claiming that is accurate, just using the article’s numbers.
 

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The very last thing the RSNs want is to have to how much it actually costs to get them. We see the $6 or so a month as an RSN fee, but that is the price if nearly everyone on the provider is paying for it.

Given that the RSNs are really only viewed by a minority of viewers, the per actual viewer price would be substantially higher. The RSN owners know that is not a viable solution to their financial issues.

For instance, I read an article a bit ago that claimed that only about 10% of viewers on Comcast actually watched the RSNs. Yet nearly all Comcast customers paid about $6/month in RSN fees. Doing some math with the numbers provided in the article showed that the actual cost to that small percentage of customers would be about $60/month. I’m not claiming that is accurate, just using the article’s numbers.
Less revenue then owners and players will just have to learn how to live on a few million instead of hundreds of millions. :eek
 
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Less revenue then owners and players will just have to learn how to live on a few million instead of hundreds of millions. :eek
Yep, I think it is going to be painful for everyone involved. The club owners and players are most likely going to find that at home/mobile viewers are not quite as willing to pay the current actual cost. The viewers will be ticked off and post everywhere about how it all sucks.

In the end, something will change. What I think it will be is that the RSN business model goes away and something else will replace it. The issue has been coming for a long time. All those channel owner’s, the club owners and the players all figured it was a never ending well of water they could tap as hard as they wanted to.
 
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The games on RSNs should be on locals, or through the respective leagues specific service(NFL Sunday Ticket, MLB EI, etc). This would limit exceeding costs, teams air in their respective markets, eliminates some bandwidth issues, destroys the sneaky RSNs fees providers are having to apply now, and gives serious sports fans the option of paying several hundreds of dollars on the sports they claim they’ll pay anything for. Everybody wins.
 
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I feel no pity for Sinclair. They are essentially double-dipping. Even if they charged the carriers nothing to air their channels, don't they still make a ton of money from the commercials shown on these channels?

The more carriers that show their programming, the more they can charge the advertisers.
 

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There is a temporary agreement. There's nothing that says "until they reach an agreement."

How temporary is the question, but its not into perpetuity.

Youtube TV has a temporary agreement to keep the Fox RSNs on the air until they can reach an agreement. They tweeted about it earlier tonight.
 

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