@ComcastTeds wrote: @lmiar wrote: Come on Comcast - AT&T U-verse just signed with the LHN c/o ESPN and we hear that DTV & Dish might be next.. If they sign I will cancel my comcast service after all of these years and move over to one of these providers stepping up to the LHN.. The LHN (Longhorn Network) is in demand and for Comcast to sit on the side lines is just sad... Our content and programming teams are in regular contact with ESPN (one of the owners and the distribution arm for The Longhorn Network) on many topics, including this network. ESPN's current stance is that the Longhorn Network is required to be offered to a very widely distributed level of service, which those costs would likely be distributed along to all customers in that area. (The below opinion is not directed at you, ComcastTeds, but rather at the administrative/executive corporate level of both Comcast and ESPN.) The above quoted position is already understood, however, as I mentioned in a another thread in this forum related to this subject, Comcast makes me subsidize many, many channels which I have no desire to watch and would never pay for if given the opportunity to remove them from my service--Comcast doesn't seem very keen to offer me this economic benefit, nor any real a la carte alternative. The argument by Comcast that basically they don't carry LHN at the price point and availability currently requested by ESPN as some principled, economic service to the customers is disingenuous. Neither ESPN nor Comcast are principled. This minute, if ESPN would lower their per customer per month price point by an acceptable amount to Comcast whereby Comcast projected acceptable increased profit from the deal with little long-term risk, they would immediately pass that cost on to the whole subscriber base. Alternatively, if Comcast ever crunches the numbers and determines that they will lose too many consumers by denying them LHN immediately, the channel will be on in days of that determination. The argument for both ESPN and Comcast is profit and risk, not fairness of subsidization across the consumer base. If a la carte purchasing were available we wouldn't have this problem. And looking at what is happening with HBO's response to pirating in Europe and Japan, soon cable and satellite broadcast services will have to offer a la carte or they will disappear in the broadcast market. But I am rambling. Like the OP, just letting it be known that if DirectTV offers LHN, my family is leaving Comcast cable broadcasting service and will likely only retain internet service instead of the TV/internet/phone services we currently subscribe to. I'd prefer to stay with Comcast, but I can make the alternatives work if LHN is in play.
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