Originally Posted by Berk32
"Grow Up"..... says the guy bitching and moaning about a channel that shows 7-8 out of market games that a very small % of people care about....
"other providers" gave in and just passed along the cost to their customers....
When Sunday Ticket was first created - FOX and CBS were promised that it would be very limited (otherwise they would have not agreed to it) - which is why the DirecTV exclusivity was created in the first place.
Cablevision took a big hit at the time.... just getting NFL Network now means very little to them (and TWC) in terms of getting customers back.
They aren't worried about losing more - anyone who really cared left a long time ago (if they were able to).
And look what happened the ONE time there was an NFL Network game enough people cared about...
The "grow up" reference was to Cablevision ... not you. For them not to add a popular channel (especially in their primary market of NYC) because Direct TV has exclusive rights to NFL ST is childish-- and stupid. There's a reason why TWC and Cablevision always rank last in cable customer satisfaction.
I guess Insight, Mediacom, and Charter (all top 10 cable providers) just added the NFLN because none of their subs care about it? Or, they just "gave in" and are passing the enormous cost (probably about $.40-.50 for digital tier subs) to their customers? My guess is that they can absorb that or just delay it and put it into the annual $10/sub increase that cable companies tack on every year.
Are we to believe that TWC couldn't do the same? Maybe not, after spending $3B to buy another cable company (Insight). Have you seen their profit figures from last year (or Glenn Britt's salary/bonus)?
We get it ... you don't care about NFLN/Red Zone and think it's too expensive. But, guess what? Lots of people actually do like the NFL. And, want the channel-- not just for the 8 games (which get a better cumulative rating than the 100 games on the MLB Network). Check the ratings and ad revenue.