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02-23-2013, 12:52 PM
knorthern knight
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Originally Posted by IceAce View Post
And people wonder why Comcast is pumping up NBCSN. ESPN will soon reach the event horizon and the distributors are going to tell them to go to hell. It'll be cheaper just to outbid them for the NFL broadcasts than to pay their subscriber fees.
The problem is "horizontal integration". Disney owns Disney Channel, ESPN, and ABC. Let's say you're Time-Warner or Comcast or even a small regional cable system. Disney only offers a package deal. You have two choices...
  1. You take ABC and ESPN on your standard tier (including a subscription fee for every subscriber on basic cable, and Disney channel on a premium tier.
  2. Or you get zip (no ABC), zilch (no ESPN), nada (no Disney Channel).
Disney has the cablecos are over a barrel.

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