Thursday, August 15, 2013

It's Official: Fox Sports 1 on Dish

It's Official!  Just got a tweet from Dish that they will carry the Fox Sports 1 Channel in place of the Speed Channel.  Now I will be able to get all Oregon Duck football  games and other Pac 12 games on Dish from Fox Sports 1, (also Fox) ESPN( also ESPN2) and Pac 12 Networks. The first Duck game is on Fox Sports 1 as well as the "Civil War" game with Oregon State.  It has been a long time since we could get all of the games here in Medford and the rest of Southern Oregon.

Time to Celebrate!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Get the Fireworks Ready to Celebrate

FLASH: L.A. Times: Dish & Fox Sports 1 Have Deal!!!!

According to the L.A. Times:
Fox Sports 1 has struck agreements with three major distributors that will ensure that the new cable network will be available in the majority of pay-TV homes when the network launches this Saturday, people familiar with the matter said.
The three carriers -- satellite broadcasters DirecTV and Dish and cable operator Time Warner Cable -- all have agreed to carry Fox Sports 1 when it launches. Those three distributors combined reach over 40 million,0,5466870.story

Good News on Dish & Fox Sports 1

The New York Daily News :

"Two other major TV distributors, DirecTV and Dish Network, are also in discussions with the channel but will likely have deals in place by the time it launches, sources said."

Read more:

Good News on Dish & ESPN ???

This morning on Satellite Guys Forum:
DISH had a special Business Retailer Chat yesterday and introduced a new package called DISH Complete Plus Sports.

Now what makes this package interesting is while it includes ESPN and ESPN 2 it does NOT include ESPN and ESPN 2 in HD... (All the other sports channels in the package are included in HD) if you want ESPN and ESPN 2 in HD it will
you an additional $25 a month.


Now reading between the lines here, why would they be coming out with a new business pacakge with sports with ESPN and ESPN 2 a month before the channels might be removed from the lineup and why are they charging more for the ESPN and ESPN 2 HD feeds?
To me this is another sign that a deal with ESPN is done...
Something to make you go hmm...

Remember this is a cost to Businesses such as sports bars~

Good Review Article on Issues

Here is a good article the reviews the issues of Dish picking up Fox Sports 1

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Back to Dish & Fox Sports I

Some potentially good news from a blog linked below:

One industry source with some insight into the current FS1 negotiations told me Monday night that he personally expects that a deal will be struck for the network to be carried on DirecTV and Dish by Thursday afternoon. He did stress that it's far from a guarantee and does depend on Fox being flexible, especially with the big fee increase they're looking for on the back-end of the deal, but he still expects that it'll get done.

What is going on at Dish!!!

In May I switched over from Charter cable to the Dish in order to get the Pac 12 Networks and so far love  the Hopper and the quality of the picture.  I have gotten at least three of my Pac 12 friends to switch as well.  I have another friend who has been "on the fence" and my current advise to him is to hold off making the jump to the Dish. 

The chief executive officer of Dish, at a recent press conference, said renewing their contract to carry ESPN and/or ABC is not a sure thing with the old contract expiring at the end of September. Right in the middle of the college football season.  In addition, there is at this time no deal with Dish to carry the new Fox Sports 1 which goes on the air August 17. .  In order to get all Pac 12 football and basketball games you need in addition the Pac 12 Networks, ESPN/ABC and Fox Sports 1. 

The Pac 12 is currently making a big push to get their fans to switch from Direct TV that refuses to carry the Pac 12 Networks.  At this time, Dish does not appear to be an option! The Pac 12 could end up in the worst of all worlds with ESPN and Fox Sports 1 on Direct TV and Pac 12 Networks on Dish. 

In addition to Pac 12 games and other sports,  ESPN is the "heart" of collage football with their iconic "Gameday" program on Saturday mornings in the Fall, broadcast live from college campus all over America. All Winter, Spring and Summer I miss getting up to watch ESPN Gameday.
Contract or no contract with Dish, there is nothing I will not do, to be able  to watch this ESPN program.  It would be like missing Christmas or July 4th.

Until a new carriage agreement is made between Dish and ESPN & Fox Sports 1 any college football fan would be a fool to install the Dish!

Dish get it done!


31 of 35 college bowl games are on ESPN including Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl AND the BCS National Championship!

Not likely you say:  See this quote from Charlie Ergen, Dish’s  founder and chairman, on a new agreement with  ESPN if the companies can’t reach a deal:
"Somebody, sometime may decide that sports isn’t something they have to have"

"While they’ll lose customers initially, they will gain customers long term.”

The Dish deal  with ESPN ends the end of September.

Monday, August 12, 2013

No ESPN on DIsh? It Could Happen!

Matt Solinsky of the My  a Gannett company has a very freighting column for every fan of college football who has the Dish. He writes:

"ESPN’s eight-year deal for carriage on Dish Network is set to expire next month, and signs point to what could be an acrimonious battle in the coming weeks.......

Dish Network’s agreement with Disney for ESPN, other networks and ABC-owned stations, expires Sept. 30. Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen indicated on the company’s earnings call Tuesday that the satellite provider is prepared to drop ESPN and other Disney networks if a deal is not reached."

No ESPN means NO "GAMEDAY."   Saturdays in the fall would not be the same without "GAMEDAY" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

More here:

And here:

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Another Hint from Dish

Another hint from the Dish social media team that an agreement may be coming between Dish and Fox Sports 1.  Let's hope they are correct.

dish @dish
DISH here, caught ur tweet. Fox is replacing Speed network with Fox Sports 1 and is required to negotiate terms before it can be launched. Currently no satellite provider has an agreement, but I suspect this will come soon. *BT

Monday, August 5, 2013

Interesting Tweet From Dish!

Over the weekend I picked up this interesting  tweet from Dish.

DISH @dish 4 Aug
We don't have an official word yet, but we should soon! Keep an eye out! *KL
I wonder what their definition of "soon" is?

Friday, August 2, 2013

News story from Sports Business Daily ---- Nothing New Yet from Dish!

Cable and satellite operators are preparing for Fox Sports to launch Fox Sports 2 next month even though the media company still has not announced anything official yet.

Earlier this month, cable systems in the Northeast sent notifications to their subscribers announcing plans to flip Fuel into FS2 by Aug. 17, which is the date when Fox Sports 1 is scheduled to launch.

Read the rest here:

Monday, July 22, 2013

Will the Civil War Be Played in the Dark?

Will fans be able to watch  the "Civil War"  football game between Oregon and Oregon State on TV?

This from Fish Duck:

"There are only four Saturdays remaining between now and Oregon’s home opener against Nicholls State.  Yet as of today, the network that game is being carried on, the new Fox Sports 1, hasn’t reached terms with Time Warner Cable, Dish Network and DirecTV.  This means any Duck fans among their 46 million-plus subscribers will be unable to watch the season’s first game.
Some of the more casual fans might be dismissive of the necessity of watching the Ducks play an FCS team whose sole victory in 2012 came over a NAIA school, but they should be far more worried about the visibility of their last regular season game, the Civil War, which will be carried by that very same Fox Sports 1 network."

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Fox Sports 1's Strategy vs. ESPN: 'Jockularity'

Interesting news story on Fox Sports 1 from Businessweek:
A few quotes:

"Hill is trying to repeat what Roger Ailes pulled off at Fox News Channel: to create a 24-hour network of his own to vanquish an established cable competitor. (In Ailes’s case, it was CNN.) "

"The channel is on track to launch in 90 million homes"

"The real lure will be college football matchups from the Big 12 and Pac-12 every Thursday night and Saturday, and college basketball and MLB games starting next year. Add to that considerable helpings of top-tier soccer and the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, and the likelihood increases that even casual sports fans spend some time at FS1."

"According to SNL Kagan, FS1 in 2014 will earn about 80¢ per subscriber. But the investment is unlikely to be viewed as successful until it crosses the $1-per-subscriber threshold"

There is a lot more in the article so here is a link:

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Preliminary Schedule of College Football Games on Fox Sports 1

The schedule (all times Eastern):
Thursday, Aug. 29
8:00: Utah State at Utah, Fox Sports 1
Friday, Aug. 30
8:30: North Dakota State at Kansas State, Fox Sports 1
Saturday, Aug. 31
12:00: William & Mary at West Virginia, Fox Sports 1
4:00: Nicholls State at Oregon, Fox Sports 1
 10:00: Boise State at Washington, Fox Sports 1
Thursday, Sept. 5
7:30: Florida Atlantic at East Carolina, Fox Sports 1
Saturday, Sept. 7
12:00: Oklahoma State at Texas-San Antonio, Fox Sports 1
 6:30: Louisiana-Lafayette at Kansas State, Fox Sports 1
 10:30: Washington State at Southern Cal, Fox Sports 1
Thursday, Sept. 12
7:30: Tulane at Louisiana Tech, Fox Sports 1
Saturday, Sept. 14
12:00: Virginia Tech at East Carolina, Fox Sports 1
6:00: Iowa at Iowa State, Fox Sports 1
 10:00: Oregon State at Utah, Fox Sports 1
Saturday, Sept. 21
12:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
 4:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
 Thursday, Sept. 26
7:30: Iowa State at Tulsa, Fox Sports 1
Saturday, Sept. 28
12:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
 4:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
7Thursday, Oct. 3
10:00: UCLA at Utah, Fox Sports 1
Saturday, Oct. 5
12:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
 6:30: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
 10:30: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
Thursday, Oct. 10
10:30: Arizona at Southern Cal, Fox Sports 1
Saturday, Oct. 12
12:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
 4:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
 8:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
Saturday, Oct. 19
 12:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
10:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
Thursday, Oct. 24
7:30: Marshall at Middle Tennessee, Fox Sports 1
Saturday, Oct. 26
 4:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
 7:30: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
11:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
Thursday, Oct. 31
7:30: Rice at North Texas, Fox Sports 1
Saturday, Nov. 2
12:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
 8:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
Thursday, Nov. 7
7:30: Oklahoma at Baylor, Fox Sports 1
Saturday, Nov. 9
12:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
 4:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
 8:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
Thursday, Nov. 14
7:30: Marshall at Tulsa, Fox Sports 1
Saturday, Nov. 16
12:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
 4:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
 10:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
Thursday, Nov. 21
7:30: Rice at Alabama-Birmingham, Fox Sports 1
Saturday, Nov. 23
12:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
 4:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
 8:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
Thursday, Nov. 28
7:30: Texas Tech at Texas, Fox Sports 1
Friday, Nov. 29
 3:00: Florida International at Florida Atlantic, Fox Sports 1
7:00: Oregon State at Oregon, Fox Sports 1
Saturday, Nov. 30
12:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1
 4:00: Teams to be determined, Fox Sports 1

Pac 12 Contract with Fox

When the Pac-12 entered their TV deal with Fox most of the games were going to be on Fox a broadcast network.  Now that they are putting some of the games on Fox Sports 1 a cable/satellite channel does that violate the contract?  The Pac 12 needs to put pressure on Fox to get carriage agreements done with Dish and other providers so that more Pac 12 fans can watch.  The Pac-12 doesn't need anymore carriage issues considering that Direct TV and Charter are not carrying the Pac-12 Networks. Still time to get it done before the first football games.

Oregon Duck Games on Fox Sports 1

The "Civil War" game between Oregon and Oregon State  on November 29 is scheduled for Fox Sports 1 and of more pressing concern Nicholls State on August 31 with more games to be scheduled. Dish get it done

TV negotiations hampering Fox Sports 1, broadcaster of Utah vs. Utah State football game

Report from the Deseret News:

Because Speed and Fuel TV are already widely distributed at an inexpensive price — 23 cents per customer per month — it was anticipated that the revamped, sports-oriented version of the networks would be instantly available on Aug. 17, 2013, in 90 million homes for much less than self-proclaimed Worldwide Leader in Sports ESPN charges per customer per month. Now reports have surfaced that say Fox is shopping the network to distributors for 80 cents per customer per month.

FS1 carriage talks sticky a month out

According to a report in Sports Business Journal:

A month before launching its much publicized all-sports network, Fox has yet to cut carriage deals with three of the country’s four biggest distributors, raising the possibility that its August launch of Fox Sports 1 will fall short of the 90 million homes the channel is expected to have.

DirecTV, Dish Network and Time Warner Cable — representing more than 46 million subscribers — still are negotiating to carry FS1 on Aug. 17, which is when Fox will turn its motorsports channel, Speed, into a multisport network.

(To read the rest here is a link)