"I urge our fans that are intent on not missing their team's games this fall to drop DirecTV and switch to one of the many providers that have it. All of our coaches and athletic directors that previously had DirecTV have now switched to a provider that has it and they are urging their fans to do the same." -- Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott during the Conference Media Days on the conflict between DirecTV and the Pac-12 Networks
Yes, the Pac-12 Networks are about to celebrate their first birthday and about to head into their second year of not being seen by DirecTV subscribers. This is another example of a silly dispute between a cable sports network and a cable/satellite provider. Again, subscribers are left holding the bag.. Usually, these disputes end after both sides compromise and come to an agreement, however, there does not appear to be any give from either side. So, it appears that Pac-12 fans won't be able to watch a 35 game college football schedule through DirecTV.
The issue is over access and cost. The Pac-12 wants to be on expanded basic. DirecTV wants to offer the networks on an á la carte basis. The conference wants DirecTV to pick up all seven of its networks. DirecTV only wants one. Pac-12 Networks reportedly wants $0.90 per subscriber. DirecTV wants it lower.
In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, a DirecTV spokesman said, "... lower the price so that it's affordable to all of our customers or let us sell the network only to those who want to pay for it."
We're at an impasse and it's apparent that unless a miracle happens before August 29, the beginning of 2013 college football season, the Pac-12 Networks won't be seen on DirecTV.
There was a time when DirecTV was the home to wayward sports networks. It was one of the first on-board with Big Ten Network, CSTV (which later become CBS College Sports and then CBS Sports Network), MLB Network, NFL Network, the mtn. (now defunct) and Outdoor Life Network (which through its various rebrands became NBC Sports Network).
In recent years, DirecTV has played hardball with sports networks. In 2009, it got into a 6 month dispute with Comcast over Versus and pulled the network until March 2010. Last year, in addition to the Pac-12 Networks, the satellite provider refused to pick up Comcast SportsNet Houston citing its high cost. The company even has a website explaining why it's not picking up Pac-12 and Comcast SportsNet Houston.
And DirecTV so happens to be one of the cable and satellite providers that has yet to hash out a carriage agreement for Fox Sports 1.
So where does this leave us? It leaves Pac-12 and college sports fans out in the cold waiting for DirecTV to pick up the networks. In the meantime, subscribers can either go to Dish or their cable provider i.e., Comcast, Cox, or Time Warner to begin watching the networks or just wait it out. If Larry Scott's statements are any indication, that wait could be very long.
I have had Direct TV for 14 yrs. I am not giving up NFL Sunday Ticket when its free because I am a long time customer. I did however get time warner cable just to get pac 12 network through the fall since its no contract. I will then cancel it and go back to dtv full time package..I do think its stupid that DTV has an issue with Pac 12. Make it pay per-view and allow those who want it to pay $5 a month for the channels. The unfortunate thing is that pac 12 games are not available on the ESPN pay per games either due to Pac 12 networks rights. I dont care who the blame falls on, I believe it falls on both parties. If Dish, Time Warner, Compcast, AT&T, and many others carry the network, the so should DTV!!! Time waner does not carry all 7 networks. Only the national ones. Dish, only the national ones.. C"Mon DTV and Pac-12 get it together already!!!!
I can't see how Pac12N can prevail; only football is valuable, the attractive games are scooped up by all the big networks and DirecTV isthe gold standard in carrying sports.
Anybody can find any game they want streaming on the internet. Plug an HDMI cable into the laptop and the other end into the TV, and Pac 12 network is free, whether you have Directv or not. It would be more convenient if I could just flip it on with my remote, but I'm not abandoning Directv for this. I've been 100% happy with them for 7 years. I wonder if Larry Scott knows I'm watching his games and not paying him....
Or you can live in southern Oregon, where Charter Cable has the same problem with PAC-12. Crickets....
As a person who just switched to Direct TV a few months ago I would say they have the upper hand. I'm not switching because I don't want to lose NFL Sunday Ticket. Also MLB Extra Innings is much better on Direct TV then comcast for sure(much more dual feed games). And I get more sports channels and pay less too. Plus the Pac-12 Network really isn't that good. As a Oregon State fan I'll probably miss a few football games and a lot of basketball games. The best Pac-12 business they could make is get any deal they can get with Direct TV and then try and renegotiate a better deal later.
@txwinebergs How is it that you get the NFL Sunday Ticket free?
@Slap Happy That didnt work. Plugging a HDMI into my laptop and into my tv did nothing. Where did you get this technique from?