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ZLoth:
If you have dish network, you probably noticed that a few channels when dark on Saturday, October 1st, including:


* ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews, ESPN Deportes
* Disney Channel, Disney Jr., Disney XD
* Freeform
* FX, FXX, FXM
* National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo
* ACC Network, SEC Network, Longhorn Network
* Baby TV
* Disney-owned ABC Affiliates in Chicago; Fresno, California; Houston; Los Angeles; New York City; Philadelphia; Raleigh, North Carolina; and San Francisco
This will be rough for both San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams football fans on Monday Night. Per NFL rules, if a game is on a cable network, then a station in the team's primary market can broadcast the game over the air. KGO in San Francisco and KABC in Los Angeles are both owned by Disney, so if you have Dish Network or Sling Streaming, you may be out-of-luck.

Time to break out the carriage dispute BINGO cards. How many times have we heard a multi-channel provider say "We are trying to control costs" while the programming provider says "We just want a fair price". It should be noted that the initial legislation, titled the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992, allowing for the local stations to charge retransmission fees, was vetoed by the president on October 2nd, 1992, only to have the veto overridden and the act becoming law three days later. No wonder I consider the cost-benefit ratio of being a multichannel subscriber to be out of whack. When I moved, I decided to be a bare minimum streaming subscriber.

NWI_Irish96:
When are we finally going to eliminate the middle man "providers" and be able to subscribe to channels directly?

Rothman:

--- Quote from: NWI_Irish96 on October 02, 2022, 10:37:42 AM ---When are we finally going to eliminate the middle man "providers" and be able to subscribe to channels directly?

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The cable business model of yesteryear is now the streaming model of now.  Thinking the middle man will be eliminated is quixotic.

NWI_Irish96:

--- Quote from: Rothman on October 02, 2022, 11:06:40 AM ---
--- Quote from: NWI_Irish96 on October 02, 2022, 10:37:42 AM ---When are we finally going to eliminate the middle man "providers" and be able to subscribe to channels directly?

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The cable business model of yesteryear is now the streaming model of now.  Thinking the middle man will be eliminated is quixotic.

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But streaming allows companies to market their channels directly. We already have Disney+ and ESPN+. Disney could easily package their channels with one or both. Comcast could market their channels with Peacock. Paramount could market their channels with Paramount+. The only major TV company that doesn't have its own streaming platform right now is FOX.

brad2971:

--- Quote from: NWI_Irish96 on October 02, 2022, 10:37:42 AM ---When are we finally going to eliminate the middle man "providers" and be able to subscribe to channels directly?

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It is very doubtful that people in this country will pay for base ESPN "directly." Case in point: the cost of ESPN+ has slightly more than doubled since its 2018 inception, and Disney doesn't even put its most important college football games on the platform. Growth in ESPN+ subscriptions has flattened, as people quickly figured that bait-and-switch out.

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