Fort Wayne, IN
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Re: Elbow out ESPN on to its own tier
said by skuv :Except NFL Network isn't in the lowest "standard" tier, at least around here. That's for Comcast, Frontier FiOS, Dish, and DirecTV. ESPN isn't in the very lowest two "value" tiers for Dish but it is in the lowest mainstream package for the 4. And if the channel isn't in the package, you can be damn sure the cable company isn't going to be paying a subscriber fee for someone who subscribes to that package...and similarly, if they pay a fee for all subscribers, there is no reason not to have that channel in that package.
All TV providers would put the sports channels on a sports tier if they could. But I thought everyone knew by now, after all these years of this talk, that it is not up to the TV providers. The channel owners dictate that the channels, namely ESPN and NFL Network, must be on the standard tiers and they must be paid for every customer that the cable/satellite/telco has.
The networks can the cable companies negotiate the terms of the contracts for retransmission. The cable companies can't force the networks to give them the content no matter what. And the networks can't force the cable companies do put their channel in the lowest tier, essentially making every subscriber pay. Channels like ESPN seem to have carte blanche power, but the cable network can say no. Doing so will piss off many subscribers, but they always have that option.